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Vintage Selmer Paris Original Lacquer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone, Serial #63099

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Original Lacquer – Five Digit Mark VI Tenor 
This is a great original lacquer vintage Selmer Paris Mark VI tenor sax, serial number 63099. The tenor is sporting a pretty original lacquer finish with a dark honey color. This is a fantastic choice if you are looking for a rich, free-blowing VI with a darker sonic palate. The earlier five digit Mark VI's are well known for being extremely resonant and this one is no exception. 
 
The body of the saxophone is in outstanding physical condition for its vintage. It does show the history of some past repair. The thumb rest was repositioned by a previous owner and is now just a little bit further to the left. This is a great feel and is especially nice if you are someone with bigger hands. There was also a re-solder repair to the upper octave key post as well as the neck receiver. The bow, bell and bow cap are all in great original condition. The bow cap has never been pushed in or damaged in the past. This saxophone does include the original neck. The neck was very slightly pulled down in the past but has been brought back up to its true position. The octave key saddle has also been re-soldered in the past. This saxophone shows all of the original key work, posts and key guards. All of the key guards are in very nice shape.
 
The tenor has a super quick and crisp response to air flow and a deep resonant sound. It should be noted the saxophone does lean towards the darker end of the sound spectrum but is in no way overly dark or dull. The balance from the bell keys all the way up into the altissimo is even and consistent which allows for plenty of control. Projection on this tenor is fantastic. 
 
This saxophone was last serviced with a nice set of leather pads and metal seamless resonators. The pads are in good condition and have plenty of life left in them. This tenor is currently awaiting some general service work in our shop on its current set of pads. One of techs is going to optimize the key heights and make sure all the pads are sealing up nicely. They will also remove the small dings located around the lower bow. 
 
These days it is getting pretty hard to find a five digit Mark VI in original lacquer for under 10 thousand. If you are looking for a serious player with a lush sound you will not want to miss out on this 1956 Mark VI.