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Here we have a very special 125xxx MK VI tenor, one of the ones that really shines in this model period. Normally these are kind of compact, edgy and even. This one is also, but has that extra sparkle and thrill in the sound and response. I don’t really know how to describe that thing but others in this period I have tried have it as well, while some others don’t really.
This horn was exposed to some wet conditions, so it has some areas of lacquer corrosion and loss as was as some remaining corroded speckles in the lacquer as well. It has the original dark lacquer and US engraving and is structurally very good with original serialed neck never pulled or damaged. This is not beauty queen but really quite a player!
This horn has new pads, not the most amazing setup but it is playing pretty well right now. I’ve done some regulation and pad seating and it is going. It is not in dire need of anything, but will benefit from a more pro setup eventually. It could be gigged on as is, now and is likely to be reliably playing for quite some time and just based on the quality of the instrument itself it is playing great and is very fun.This type of special horn does not come around every day. Pictures to follow soon.
Here is a very nice MK VI soprano, #133xxx that I was happy to receive in trade for an excellent MK VI alto. This horn has a very recent pad setup from Manny’s in L.A with treated pads and plastic resos. The lacquer has some cosmetic challenges; minor brass work and some corroded lacquer that was removed, as well as just general blemish, dark spots and wear. Basically this means it is an old instrument, but quite a nice player. It is in good structural and playing condition.
This is still in the sweet spot for MK VI soprano’s and still has plenty of vintage tone mojo and complexity, with a bit of edge and a colorful core tone.
Long and detailed discussion of a kind of common strawman overly hyped discussion of the “The MK VI” saxophone based on years of experience.
This was initially made in response to a video that is posted in the description
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puApTzibuHM ) . Many hunters of such vintage Selmers, students and just those wanting to learn more may find this helpful.
We have the good fortune to acquire yet another 140k-series alto AKA “Sanborn” model. This one is in very good condition, no damage, original lacquer and a wonderfully playing, seems owned by a working pro. Out of all the 140k altos we’ve had here there was one that stood out above the rest for just being resonant, a good deal better than the others. This one is equal and just has that extremely lively and free response. It is focused enough to project and cut without being stifled or narrow. It spreads enough for color and complexity and it is just extremely loud and powerful and edgy.
This particular horn is a current favorite alto, a wonderful experience to play. It has one key guard foot re-attachment (not due to any damage, just detached) It has lacquer missing on a few key cups. There appears to have never been any physical damage of any kind to the body or neck. Will need pad attention, the pads are old, but very fun to play, apex MK VI alto!
This here is pretty much the apex model design for the first run of MK VI. it is like the full extension of the best qualities initially produced in 56xxx-60xxx tenors. By 76xxx the same tonal color and resonance qualities are expressed yet amplified by probably the most power, projection and presence that could be achieve with that particular color palette and bore design. By the late 70xxx and early 80xxx the entire concept had changed into a much more spread and lush response with a different color as well.
This particular example offers a beautiful complex sound color, a fairly focused and centered response and a rather angry aggressive edge as well. It feels like a light horn and when pushed it responds as extremely resonant and light.
The horn was assembled in USA and engraved here as well. The lacquer is all original and nearly 100% intact. The pads are all original it seems and original tone-x resonators also present. By some mystery, with original pads (with lacquer still on the edges) this horn plays like it has a wonderful recent overhaul, really just plays perfectly, which although hard to imagine is a great experience to play.
There is a small amount of occasional lacquer speckle and maybe one tiny ding that will disappear smoothly. This horn is a museum quality collector’s treasure with a player’s dream response and feels ready to take on a gig right now. This is probably the best early 5 digit tenor I have played in years, or ever. It is incredibly satisfying to drive hard or soft. The neck has matching serial and is in exceptionally good condition. Original trey-pack case is also present with working zipper in good condition. This is not a horn one finds every day, year, or decade. It is a first class rarity and killer player.
Here we have a Yamaha 62 straight soprano in lacquered finish. This horn is a wonderful player with a very warm and projecting sound. It is among the first 600 of these ever made with 4 digit serial and purple label.
The key arrangement is very comfortable which is classic Yamaha design. it is very easy horn to play and speaks exceptionally well with a colorful tone. This one has been played a bit, has some normal dings but overall in very good shape.
Here we have an Otto Link true ‘Early Babbitt’ Tone Edge. This is the fat body model with the smaller chamber and clamshell baffle. This has the original 7* stamp on the side and an untouched facing. The piece is very loud and projecting with both edge and warmth and a significant power. Plays very well as is, people often have these set up but this is a blaster already.
Beautiful Original Otto Link Tonemaster tenor piece, cap and lig set. Original 4* facing in good condition, normal wear and scratches but overall quite good. This is the later model close to the Bluetrain type. These go great on an SBA tenor of course or early MK VI but will bring the Mojo to any combination.
This is a beautiful original no USA FL 9* tenor piece, nothing has been done to this one. I measured that right at .115. If you have the chops to play this size these are great. This one I remember as a huge sound and very sparkly.
Otto Link 9* FL no USA refaced by Stephan Kammerer and stamped as such. The work looks very nice, says .115. I measured it at .117 but tools vary. Great piece for the large size players.