Very Early Florida Otto Link Serialed 6* “Marinated” Restoration

This piece is a nuanced and complex beast.  This is the earliest (non-double ring) “super tonemaster” still showing the serial number.  These are both very rare and very very good playing models.  This one, stamped 6* came to me in slightly disrespected condition and I have restored it to an amazingly rich and colorful ringing classic player.

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Links like this are usually not bright compared to a Berg Larsen or modern rock/pop mouthpiece but this has a rather significant baffle and has a lot of presence and brightness for a Link.  The old style chamber provides an extremely fat and complex sound character.  It is not a shy piece and is great fun to play.  The tip size is right around .098 on my tools with a clean and excellent facing and nice slightly flat baffle.  This is a collector’s piece for a real player.

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Selmer MK VI Soprano #146xxx 1966-67 My Favorite Horny-Thing

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.

 

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Selmer MK VI 99xxx Prime Model Year Complex Ringer

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!

 

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Selmer MK VI Tenor Saxophone #149xxx Shockingly Impressive!

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.

 

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