This 76k tenor is all original, needs an overhaul etc but in very nice shape. These usually play aggressive and big! These were just quick photos, a bit dark but this horn is a real find.
This is of course the most desirable MK VI in the world based on model period. These always play great in my experience. This is in great condition, not cosmetically perfect, and had some minor brass work. The neck has never been damaged, and horn has no resolders. I have a few, and will keep at least one, could be this one or not. Enjoy the photos:
This King is my personal player. It has full pearls, original lacquer and a lot of it even still on the neck. It has a nice overhaul done by someone else, not sure whom, but it plays like a champ with an absolutely huge sound contrasted by a very nice compact compression that is a bit rare for Kings, which is why I kept this one for myself for a long time. I would say this horn is really on the bright side for Kings. It is tons of fun, very loud and has a lot of color, killer Jazz horn but easily handles RnB and electric volume.
This horn lacks nothing accept someone to play it. It’s been sitting here because for whatever reason, habit of mouth comfort I suppose, I tend towards the MK VI. This is not a horn I planned to sell, nor want to sell. I don’t NEED to sell it either but I simply don’t want to see it sitting as it is too damn good.
This horn has a superior complex tone and and rings. The pads and setup are very nice and tight and fresh. This horn is a true favorite!
Here we have a beautiful vintage piece, Selmer MK VI soprano 146xxx in strikingly fresh and shiny original US lacquer with original pads and set in very nice playing condition. Essentially, this horn is nearly new. It is super responsive and sonorous with a great lively warmth to it. I completely enjoy blowing this one and would be perfectly happy to have it as my main soprano, as would most people who like MK VI’s. There is nothing to disappoint on this one. There are basically no issues, damage etc, just a great horn from the 1960’s just as great as everyone says they are.
This Selmer MK VI tenor is within the excellent 80-90xxx model range with the solid key guards. I bought this horn originally after playing it and noticing it was nearly identical to the way my 87xxx felt with its original pads on it; a huge ringing open and extremely even sound throughout the range. This horn has original pads, resonators factory key heights and everything.
Of course the US engraving and lacquer are original. It is a bonus that this is one of those horns with really dark lacquer that has either a green or copper tint depending on the light. The body and neck are in excellent structural condition with only very few minor dings, normal scratches and some speckle, and no resolders. This horn has not been abused at all, and probably played very little.
This horn has that booming, dark+bright lyrical crying sound that most Selmer player love. It needs the overhaul of your choice, as the pads are very old, but it is currently playing within certain limits. The bottom is not subtoning all that great at the moment, but this is sold as is, original for a new owner to setup fresh. It is going to be amazing!
This here is a vintage 1967 Selmer MK VI tenor. Someone with the knowledge has told me that this was the model year Stan Getz preferred in later years. The condition is EXCELLENT! I don’t think this horn has been played much at all. There is no structural damage that I can see at all, no past repairs, no damage beyond scratches corrosion and tiny dings. The bow, bell, neck, and body are all simply excellent shape.
The lacquer is original from 1967, and so is everything else except the neck cork which is new. The pads are also from 1967 and strangely, they play very very well. If you look carefully you will notice the ring of original lacquer around the outside of the pads. Take a look at my video and you may be as shocked as I was. This horn basically feels like a new horn and plays like one. This really just feels like 1967 out of the box. Although it shows some lacquer spotting the pads and the setup is truly great. It is ready to take to the gig right-now, no question. At some point one might want to overhaul it just to have fresh pads, but in terms of playing it really does not need them at the moment.
In my estimation the sound is huge. It has a wonderful modern edgy MK VI sound, very loud, but it also has an impressive spread and depth that really does remind me of 1960 models in some ways. This is NOT a small nor simple sound. It plays so clean and fun, with edge but also a lot of darkness. All round this is a truly excellent horn in excellent condition that is a thrill to play.
This is truly top tier alto that I received in trade. At serial # 139xxx this is exactly the most desired model period for many alto players and the “Sanborn model” with the medium bow, excellent intonation as well as a very impressive powerful and loud response. This particular alto has a kind of dark core with a very loud bark and projection with a bright edge.
The pads are very recent, owner informed me the overhaul was done by tenormadness and it feels extremely tight and easy to move around. Everything seals well with a rather hard pad response and the appropriate Selmer plastic resos. There is nothing that needs fixing on this horn it is gig-ready and super smooth and reliable.
The lacquer is original and the engraving and finish were done in the USA in 1966. There is no damage or repair that I have seen, besides perhaps a tiny ding here or there, nor any resolders that I could identify. It has its original case with a non-functional zipper.
This is both a collectors piece and a fierce and excellent playing MK VI alto of certainly the most desired model made. Grab it!
This a shockingly great sounding 1955 first model MK VI tenor. These very early M VI tenors have a wonderful depth and complexity of tone along with a very organic SBA-like voice. This horn was owned by a professional player and has been well used. it has some bumps and bruises; the bell flare repairs and some resolders. None of these insults is particularly serious but they do leave their cosmetic history.
The instrument itself has a phenomenal sound, the low end is vast, deep and resonant. The middle speaks with clarity and presence and the high and altissimo literally jump out of this horn with a thickness that puts my 87xxx tenor in second class.
The intonation is wonderful as far as my mouthpieces are concerned. I had a horn that was similar to this in the past which was a 64xxx European, but this still has a sound closer to the 56xxx mint horn I had years ago. All round, it is not a museum piece but it is structurally sound and unbelievable for tone and complexity.
This horn is playing but at the moment needs some pad adjustment (which I may do). In the long tern it will need either an overhaul or at least some more significant regulation work as it is a bit sloppy and not really set up as it should be, yet it IS playing and sounds great.
This 113xxx Selmer MK VI near mint original. This horn has almost all of its original lacquer on the body but the previous owner’s wife mistakenly used some cleaner on the neck to remove tarnish or something. We can see the lacquer was just wiped of the end of the neck, it has never been bent or pulled down. This horn has barely ever been played. I believe most if not all the pads are original and the pearls are like new.
This horn even on the original pads plays quite nicely and the sound is very crisp and projecting and somewhat compact and focused and really kind of a bouncy bright feeling.