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.
This a MK VI tenor from 1963 in excellent structural condition with some normal lacquer wear. It is not the prettiest but it certainly original finish. It has had only very minor resolder and some very minor dings/dents. It’s been sitting a long time and is in need of an overhaul. If I get to this somewhere down the line I know it is going to be a great player, or if a new owner picks this up before they can handle that job. The last 105xxx original I overhauled turned out to the one of the best horns I have every played and it went to a top tier NYC pro player.
This will be every bit as good, though not winning any beauty contests. Enquire within if interested thanks.
This is a stunningly beautiful and well preserved early Keilwerth SX90R from the mid 1990’s. This of course in black anodized nickel and gold keys, rolled tone holes and metal resonators. This horn is is quite excellent condition, no dents, not bent. very nice pads and excellent playing condition. It is close to brand new horn with the exception of a few scratches near the strap area. It has its original case with keys as well.
The sound is very loud and big with the specific Keilwerth tonal color, very colorful and has plenty of bright without being shrill. I cannot say it is dark, but it is also not specifically bright, probably its core feels brighter than an old Selmer, but again it is not a shrill or thin sounding horn at all, quite a large sound. The action is excellent and very comfortable. It may need a new neck cork if your mouthpiece has a large diameter, someone’s left a bit of tape on there.
I have been told this is the early model that is very sought after with the large bell, as preferred by people such as Kirk Whalum and others. This is THAT specific model, having a serial number of 104xxx. it is extremely FUN to play and ready for anything. It is very addictive.
This just came in here and required immediate photographing. An original intact Selmer Balanced Action is a very very rare creature. This particular horn has had no significant damage or alteration, has original pads and is basically a used version of exactly as it came from Selmer in the 1940’s.
This has as well, the original Selmer case, the first version of the trey-pack design, with original keys and “Balanced Action” tag as well. The original “table B” mouthpiece is also in mint condition.
The horn obviously has some wear and some more on the left side, but there are really very few original examples to be found anywhere at this point, especially with American engraving pattern and lacquer. I have not played it yet, requires some key adjustments and it will surely be a moldy experience with this old pads but I am curious. It will need a full restoration but It is sure to be great.
What a feast for the eyes!
This alto is magnificent! Finally I’ve got some photos up and wow! The photos look great but the horn IS actually that nice, and it PLAYS so nicely as well. It is quite addictive. The is a 145xxx medium bow “Sanborn” model MK VI alto. It is in near mint condition with only a few tiny dings and scratches. It has had a recent overhaul that sings nicely. Someone had attached some cork key risers to the palm keys, those keys could use a little cleaning and one extra cork under one of them, but it really needs nothing to go to the gig right away.
The pictures and videos do not lie. This is an absolute pinnacle MK VI alto of the most desirable model and plays exactly as great as it should!
With a Selmer Soloist D:
With a NY Meyer:
This is a truly amazing piece and find, Selmer Tenor MK VI #70xxx in original U.S. engraved gold lacquer that has turned rather dark. This horn is from the estate of “Count” ‘Red’ Hastings, (Lowell Hastings). He was a member of the famous Louis Jordan band and also associated with numerous other very famous musicians from the the golden age of jazz.
Included is the original trey-pack case in decent condition with a slightly functional zipper, as well as the original case cover (in ratty but fitting condition). Also included are numerous original photos (showing him playing THIS HORN) as even music arrangements probably used by famous names written in his own hand. We even have a receipt for an overhaul ordered and signed for by Louis Jordan himself. This is a treasure trove of thrilling history.
The horn itself is in excellent condition with normal lacquer wear from age and use, scratches and some very minor dings, no serious damage. The neck shares the original serial number and has a few scratches but structurally it is near perfect and still looking very nice. Some pads are missing, the ones present have original Tone-X resonators in them. This horn certainly needs an overhaul, has been sitting a long time but it is is fine shape and quite straight without any extreme measures needed. It is going to be a wonderful vintage powerhouse with a deep complex tone as these early 70k tenors usually are. I just have not gotten around to setting this one up and after looking through the artifacts I am not sure I want to change it right now.
Hear “Count” Hastings here:
It’s going to be a great feeling to play this horn and have decades of legend in your hand and sound.
This MK VI alto from 1958 is truly excellent. It is loud, complex, and allows the player to play against the proper resistance for a kind of reliably backed feeling to the sound. The lacquer is original with European engraving down to the bow, very nice. The old finish has ‘crazing’ especially associated with French lacquer.
Someone imported this to the US many decades ago and as was done occasionally, they attempted to obscure the Selmer badges to avoid import tariffs. I was able to clean up and reveal the bell badge to a significant degree, there is still some solder there and one foot of the bell key guard had to be reattached. The badge on the neck is not visible at this point. These are of course just cosmetic blemishes and this is one excellent MK VI, such that it is my preferred alto at this point. It does need some pad attention.
I am not in a rush to sell this one as it is my preference to play for alto, but I am putting it out there for anyone looking for a really great MK VI alto of this period. I would not have a problem selling it to someone who would play it more than myself since I mainly play tenor.
Here is a video demo I did with a NY Meyer alto piece with this horn:
Selmer MK VI tenor saxophone, 1958 76xxx original US lacquer in very very beautiful condition. The sound this horn produces is SHOCKING. It is wide with a big dark warmth while simultaneously having brilliant bright edge and presence. The response is so fast and clear it is just surprising. Being that is is from 1958 it is a bit unexpected that is feels so modern and live, but then this was when the best horns were made.
This is in excellent condition and appearance. It does however have a small amount of lacquer wear, some scratches, minor dent repairs and two resoldered key guard feet that appear to have probably just popped off and needed to be reattached. I don’t see evidence of a significant trauma or event there. So, this is not a PERFECT mint condition example. It has some cosmetic issues, but relatively speaking this horn is quite beautiful and the sound it out of this world.
The pads have recently been replaced it seems. I’ve done some minor pad adjustment but not much. It is currently in good playing condition as you will hear in the video. It could probably use some more adjustment or whatever the new owner wants to do in terms of a setup. It is not in immediate need of anything at the moment though.
This is a rarely great horn, ready to take on the gig. Do not miss.