Here's a working Selmer Varitone setup with a 168,xxx Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone. This is like a time capsule from the 1960's. The combo still works after all of these years. I acquired the system from the son of the original owner. The Varitone system has all of the original components: amplifier, plug, and full Varitone setup on the sax. The sax has 99% original lacquer and is in excellent overall condition. This is a setup that has been used very little in its lifetime. The sax arrived with original pads and my tech replaced nine of them. The sax seals perfectly and plays with ease from top to bottom.
The Varitone system still works, although I think it would benefit from some tweaking from an experienced tech. There is a slightly audible feedback loop in the speaker that improves when the sax is plugged in. The octamatic system works perfectly, giving the sax an extra lower octave when played. However, I don't hear an audible difference with the four effect switches when they are on. The system still works with the important octamatic feature as well as amplification, but I believe the other effects are missing.
Although the sax works well plugged into the original amplifier, it is a fully functioning saxophone without the amp as well. The cord can be clipped to the saxophone and it functions and sounds as an excellent Mark VI sax. If you couldn't see the attached box and cord, you wouldn't even know that it has the option to be plugged into the amplifier.
Although I hope this sax will kept as-is with the Varitone system still working, some players may want to remove the electronics from the sax to keep this as a pure acoustic instrument. This is a relatively easy modification for an experienced tech. Either way, you'll have a world class sax in amazing original condition.
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