This horn is one of my own players here, a very nice old 1957/58 MK VI alto with lovely european engraving. This one is a wonderful tone creator. Back in the day someone tried to obscure the Selmer badge to avoid import taxes so it has a bit of blemish on the bell, but structurally the horn is excellent. Photos in the future.
Here is a video demo I did with a NY Meyer alto piece with this horn:
Here we have the most popular model period for Selmer Alto, the MK VI 140xxx series. This one is right on the number 140xxx has original finish with probably original pads as well.
Now, I had someone up here who had an alto also numbered 140xxx that he bought personally from David Sanborn, and was a personal horn of Sanborn’s. This horn here has old pads and is in fairly leaky condition at the moment, but within THREE notes out of this horn it was clear that it had about twice the volume and depth as that alto that came from Sanborn’s personal stock of players. This is probably the best sounding and respinding MK VI alto anyone is going to find… anywhere.
It did not notice any damage on this horn, maybe some TEENY dings, and obviously some scratches. There is some corrosion to the finish as well, but overall it is in excellent condition. There is one low C key guard foot that came loose and I resoldered it solid, it is shown in the photos but not easy to see and does not show much. The pads are old and will need attention.
I was truly shocked at the sound that came out of this when I heard it. I have played it as well and it is great, but in this case I was listening to someone else play it and compare it and the difference was unmistakeable. This is just an unbelievable player.
These are hard to find and this one is easily one of the best examples ever. If you are looking for one of these models, time to jump is now.
This here is an excellent Otto Link Early Babbitt 7* tenor saxophone mouthpiece. I’ve optimized the facing, basically balancing the curve and flattening the table a bit while keeping the original spec. curve and configuration. Now it plays as it should but just easier, smoother and more clearly than it did fro the factory. The tip size has not been altered.
This piece has a lot of projection, a smaller beak size than a FL Link a bit more focus, while still retaining the vintage organic vocal quality of the earlier Links. Players know these are some of the best Otto Links and this one is set up to gig.
This here is a MK VI tenor given to me by a good friend to sell. He is a professional musician in the NY area and has had this tenor for many years. 86xxx is of course the magically desired number for being associated with Michael Brecker, but also just for being a truly great design period for Selmer. This example does not disappoint at-all. The tone, well you will hear on the video, but it has a lot of power yet plenty of warmth and organic quality to the sound. It has all of the depth we want from a 5-digit Selmer and all of the power we want in an 80k MK VI. The play is very smooth throughout the range and the voice all over the horn has a lot of presence and color.
I could just keep writing about what a great sound it has and etc etc but it really had to be experienced. The pads are not new but in very good shape. It could use a bit of regulation for noise and smoothness of action, and probably a going over for minor adjustments etc.
This horn is original lacquer, and it is is a player’s horn, not for the collector or museum (unless you want to collect great playing horns). It has it’s share of old dents/dings and some solder repairs. The serial numbers match on body, neck and bell. I don’t know the history of this horn before my friend got it some years ago. The lacquer is absolutely original lacquer. My friend had the neck silver plated for preservation some years back, some of that is wearing off at this point. This horn plays exactly as the very best 80k horns should and will likely put many of them to shame.
It is a great purchase for someone looking for a world class tone amplifier at an easier price. For a player this is one not to miss.
This is an original vintage Florida no USA 7* tenor saxophone mouthpiece. As is visible a lot of the original gold plating is still intact with some peeling on the table. The tip, baffle and rails are in excellent condition. This piece plays with a lot of power and fatness. The tip measures at approximately .106 on my tools. Plays very big, not excessively bright and not dark either on a 2.5 reed anyhow. It’s got a lot of clarity and partly owing to that later style no USA baffle that is a bit flatter and longer.
Here, a truly excellent Berg Slant from probably the 1940’s. This piece plays very crisp and bright. Although it is stamped 2 baffle I was not really feeling that with my reed at least. To me it felt very clear and slightly bright, with a lot of presence. It is very easy to play and so precise. There is nothing to dislike about this piece, excellent hard rubber and a lot of color. Tip measures about .088.
Tip measures at .099
I have had this mouthpiece for years, a true MINT FL Double Ring otto Link 7 with factory facing. The tip measures at .098 behind the tip rail for me so this is an accurate factory 7. This mouthpiece is the optimal and desirable facing size, in the right model period that people love, myself included. A beautiful vintage piece of this type of not for the tire kickers or cheapies. I don’t normally even bother to try and sell these, so if you are looking for cheap please do not bother with this one. This is not cheap, it is rare and it also is a player that totally lives up to the reputation.
This piece is fairly bright and buzzy with a lot of clarity on top of a very colorful and warm core. It responds very quickly and feels compact and controllable and centered without sacrificing any frequencies to be that way. The response and sound are also very flexible and lyrical. I don’t want to blather on too much about this one but it is definitely among the best ever and well worth that double ring vintage Link mystique. This is for those who KNOW and are ready. There are very few of these around, ever now.
Here is a very nice playing Otto Link Florida “no USA” 6* Tenor Mouthpiece in fine original condition. Most of the plating is still in nice shape. This has never been worked on and plays like 1961 I think. The sound is fat, colorful with a bit of blasting brightness on top. Tip measures at .097
This is a very rare and special offering. An Otto Link no USA FL 7* with serial number, all original, MINT condition with original ligature. If that was not enough, it just happens that this is also one of those rare and shockingly bright FL Links that people search for forever. I have only have a few such things in my time. This mouthpiece plays blastingly bright for a link. I mean Links are not that bright, but this actually borders on just normally bright for any mouthpiece. The tip measures .107 for me.
It is not a mouthpiece for the faint of heart but good lord it rips. It is in perfect condition and you will almost never ever find these looking so beautiful and playing so ferociously. Most Links dont play like this, and almost none look like this and even fewer are around among the serial numbered models, best of the best usually.