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Here we have a rather rare find; a 1964 Mark VI tenor that is in nearly new condition. The pads are all original with lacquer rings outside the toneholes. The finish shows some water spots and a tiny amount of speckle but almost no wear of any kind, even on frequently touched keys. The neck has matching number and is in beautiful un-flexed condition with not really any wear. The bottom bow and bell flare are both structurally spotless. The body in general only has a few tiny scratches. At a careful review of the photos you can see the kind of freckling of the lacquer with darker and lighter spotted areas; this is a slow aging or darkening process of original Selmer lacquer. The horn also needs a basic cleaning and will look even more shiny and new.
Given its original condition after so many years it really will need an overhaul. That said, I have been playing it and it IS playing, pretty well. It has the fast and nimble response that is associated with the 110k-120k model period. While these would normally be slightly on the focused/centered side of response when the pads get old and dried out that is hard to discern. In this case what I can say is that it is bright and sparkly juxtaposed with really utterly huge and booming, in a way I was not prepared for. This is a BIG sounding horn, like a mid-80k might be. With an overhaul it will likely be both fast, AND huge.
It feels excellent under the fingers and is pretty much at the apex of Selmer positive engineering before they brought in the ball joint side keys, which no one really loves. This is as close to a brand new Selmer MK VI from 1964 as anyone can expect and it just happens to be a super promising horn as well.
Here we have a really strikingly nice condition original 1959 MARK VI tenor; original US lacquer and engraving, matching neck and nice overhaul with metal resos. We all know what these are, late 70k-early 90k tenors are a particular thing. Of course it is a spectrum with usually a bit more focus and buzz and warmth on the 70k end leading to a bit more power, acceleration and booming bottom on the late 80k-early90k end- your mileage may vary.
This being right on the cusp of the 80k run has qualities associated with both 80k and 70k being that it is kind of buzzy, focused and warm (very warm) and yet also has some of the expanse and power of the 80’s. The pads are very recent and it’s playing quite nicely.
The lacquer is probably 98-99% present and all original. There is no significant damage or repair of any kind that I see on this horn. The bottom bow, bell, body and neck are all basically structurally perfect with the exception of a few TINY dings and scratches. I am still getting to know this horn, but it is definitely one of those unicorn minty rarities at this serial number and with that special tone to power ratio. Not very easy to find one like this now.
Selmer SBA serial 52xxx, on the tail end of SBA production. The are heading towards the response of the early MK VI but they really are NOT MK VI at all. They are solidly SBA, they just tend to be a little wider than the earlier SBA in my experience, and that as well is likely to vary quite a bit.
This is, I believe, a Canadian market horn, with “CAN” on the bell stamp, and was likely either non-engraved, had a Canadian market engraving pattern, or was silver. It is hard to say. The horn has been stripped to bare brass and apparently re-engraved with the US pattern. it is currently in the hands of a customer but I am helping connect the horn with a buyer/player. It is in nice playing condition, features the custom ordered high F# key, and will be a very good deal for someone considering what SBA tenors are going for these days.
Here we have a very minty original Otto Link Double Ring Florida tenor piece with original box, cap and ligature. It is stamped 4*and has the appropriate .075 tip size. The gold plating is somewhat faded but all of the underlying nickel is there, some of these had a nickel underlayer. The piece is in excellent condition, ligature, box, etc. all very nice, but this piece PLAYS exceptionally well. I put a 2.5 reed on it for fun and it still played very well. Wonderful sound, loud, complex and colorful. With a 3 or harder reed it would be amazing.
It also has a rather thick tip so if someone did want to injure that lovely plating and open it up, it is a great candidate. the current baffle is not big at all, which is a good thing on a small tip for better airflow. It is helpful to not have a huge amount of baffle before opening up such a piece because we don’t want to have a speedbump up front.
Altogether this is a very nice package for a great playing smaller tip FL double ring, or a great candidate for making the perfect size. Hard to find minty originals of these anywhere now.
Here is a wonderful King Silversonic I am helping a friend sell, serial 406xxx, late Cleveland production, single socket silver neck (and bell) currently in good playing condition. This is owned by a working professional player and it is typical of the huge broad and cutting delivery of King. The single socket neck adds a bit more focus and direct projection as well.
This one is in quite nice condition, not mint and yet very well taken care of with no significant damage nor repair in evidence. it will need some minor tweak/adjustment at the most, basically just ready to use. Cruise the photos below at your own risk of obsession and contact for more stimulating details. This message has not been approved by hornaddicts anonymous.
These early Florida serial numbered Links are basically the same as double ring Links, same moderate baffle, same smaller chamber and slightly more focused complex sound. Those who know about these, know. Those who don’t…
This is a real untouched original in very very clean condition. It plays VERY well at around .088 size with the right reed. These are probably harder to find than double rings and people generally are not selling them.
This is a wonderful special vintage original 81xxx 1959 tenor. I’ve given this the complete restoration treatment, a full overhaul. It is original US lacquer and engraved, and setup with a slightly harder treated pad and mostly original nickel plated brass Tone-x resonator set as well. The tone is in the middle on the dark-bright spectrum, slightly on the focused side in the context of 80k tenors, and features an exceptionally fast and commanding airspeed and projection, with a significant edge on the sound. It has both power and a great capacity for beauty. The key action is tight, fast, and exceptionally comfortable. This is an apex MK VI for the discerning pro player, and the condition is on the edge of minty as well.
It HAS lived a bit, some brass smoothing has been done on the side of the bow and left side (chair area) of the body. The neck is completely free of any pulldown or significant damage, tiny pings only. The bell flare, bow cap etc very very nice. Old horns are mostly not 100% perfect but this one is in quite nice condition with normal scratches and signs of professional preference and use.
It is a highly enjoyable player and ready to make works of art in music at the highest level. Below the seductively pretty pics are the stages of the overhaul process as well.
Here, yet another in a line of reliably great 140-something thousand altos. These 140k medium bow altos are probably the best, most versatile players they ever made for altos. The earlier 5 digit medium bow altos are also great but not quite as loud and cutting as these. I have had a number of these from 139-149k and I have yet to play one that was not great.
This 148xxx is a player’s horn, not a museum piece. It has lived, had some dents, dings and scratches and lacquer wear. The horn has had a full overhaul with fresh pads and everything else and is currently in very good playing condition. All original lacquer and US engraving. The photos below are before the overhaul, so it’s a bit cleaner and nicer than shown.
Beautiful clean facing original, measures at .075. This has a wonderful large, lush, and crisp sound.
This is a lifetime of vintage mouthpiece hunting treasure, Woodwind Co. finished and branded Stubbie at .100. Woodwind Co. had it’s own precision facing outfit, and many vintage Otto Links from the 1950’s were taken there for custom facings. Their finishes were usually better and more precise than Otto Link of the early period, and they were FAR better than Dukoff finishes. Woodwind brand are the best of the Stubbies with good facings and very nicely finished tips, unlike Dukoff and much worse, Zimberoff.
This one is an original 6* that measures right at .100 and the original finish is beautiful with rather thin and even tip and side rails and a moderate baffle. The chamber is of course slightly large heading towards Link Tonemaster but the floor is higher so it is a faster mouthpiece with a bit of punch and buzz as well. There are a scant number of Stubbies out there for sale, but there are nearly no Woodwind models, and as far as I have seen, none at .100, ever. I am not keen to sell this and may not, but even if I part with it I will be quite picky as to who gets it. I would hate to see this altered.