223,xxx Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone With Original Lacquer Near Mint
Her's a virtually unplayed Mark VI tenor saxophone, s/n 223,xxx. I've never come across such a fine example of a Mark VI. It's unbelievable to me that horns like this are still out there. This had been sitting under a bed in its case for 40 years before I got it, what you see here is the exact condition as when I first saw it. Needless to say, all the pads are original and surprisingly they are sealing incredibly well. The original owner was an amateur clarinetist who wanted to take up the sax, but based on the condition of this fine horn, I have to think he never got around to trying it out.
Later Mark VI's like this one can have a tendency to be brighter than their earlier counterparts. I currently have a mid 60's mark vi and a 50's mark vi in my shop to compare with this one, and although all three have distinct voices, there's no clear winner. This one has a bigger sound than the 83,xxx mark vi in the shop. It's slightly more spread and sweeter sounding.
It's extremely hard to find even one blemish on this horn. The two spots worth pointing out are on the neck (extremely small issue with lacquer) and the bow, which you can sort of see in the last picture (again, very small blemish).
Although this horn will certainly interest collectors out there, it also is a wonderful playing example of a Mark VI. In addition to the pads sealing wonderfully, the action feels brand new, like it should be that of a new Jubilee horn. The tone is very resonant and sweet, but also has a very nice focus. It's not a super bright Mark VI, which the later models generally gravitate towards.
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