Selmer MK VI Tenor #124xxx Original Dark Beauty

This is an original US lacquered and engraved Selmer Mark VI tenor Saxophone #124xxx, later Coltrane model period.  The horn has mostly original pads and resonators, the pads are obviously old yet It plays in a very promising, satisfying way.

The body has a few minor dings, the neck had some past pulldown, repaired nicely now.  Very pretty dark lacquer and wonderful colorful tone.

 

 

 

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38xxx SBA (Super ‘Balanced’ Action) Tenor, Coltrane Year & Model 1949

This horn was a big project.  Now fully restored with (mostly) original resonators and excellent harder pads, bow to body soldered, all toneholes dressed, keys fitted etc etc.. huge job.  Such a wonderful horn, organic and lyrical yet edgy and dry sounding, also quite compact center.

For those who are still wondering, yes original US lacquer/engraving and matching original neck.

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Amazing Selmer 88xxx MK VI Soprano

Just in, mind blowingly great 88xxx Selmer MK VI soprano, still playing it, just hard to put down. Original lacquer has normal aging spots. No solders or damage other than some smoothing on one side of the bell rim. Super rare with high F# which is a major bonus on soprano.

This is an incredible find, not sure it will be for sale.  Five digit Selmer sopranos are extremely hard to find now, this is a special order High F# original lacquer in excellent condition.  It is so strange, but it really seems to have the same quality as late 80k tenors do; spread, even scale, colorful, powerful and very flexible.  It is actually quite different from many other five digit Selmer sopranos I have had and played.  This may be the best Selmer soprano I have ever played.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Horned Toad’s Vintage Otto Link Survey Videos!

Marin Spivack, veteran restorer of vintage mouthpieces takes an in-depth journey through the different models of vintage Otto Link tenor (because they are a lot less famous for alto) saxophone mouthpieces. We will cover the 1940’s to the 1970’s. Not ALL models and examples will be featured but plenty of detail based on what is available. Be prepared for corny humor and some time wasting, it’s a bit long, but you may learn to identify and understand the differences in the models. There may be mistakes and contradictions, we do our best. This is for the true nerds and enthusiasts.

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Selmer MK VI Tenor 125xxx Original Player!

Here we have a wonderful player’s gigging horn, serial 125xxx, in the same range as Coltrane’s MK VI tenor.  This horn has very new fresh pads on it that I have gone through and seated a bit as well.  The resos are plastic which very much suit this horn.  It feels and plays great!  The sound is very full and precise and satisfying.  It is not shy, plenty loud and defined sound.  The setup is pretty good, will not need much attention for a long time I think.  The lacquer is original but fared rather poorly over the years with some water damage that can be seen in the photos.  The horn and mechanism have not been affected apparently, just the lacquer is a bit challenged.  The neck is in great condition, no pull down, and I did not find any solders or serious dents on the body either.  This horn will be a good deal for a real vintage yet precise player that is not the big bucks like museum pieces; extremely fun to play and would be great on the gig.

Here is a video with a bright Florida Link:

And another video with a slightly darker Florida Link

 

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Selmer 1960 MK VI 86xxx Original Great condition

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 of course the “magic” (Brecker) serial number and it does not disappoint at all.  When I got this I could only play a few notes on it as pads were falling out.  Based on the promise of the few notes I could hit I opted to overhaul it.  It has wonderful new (slightly hard) pads and oversized nickel plated resonators with a springy setup that requires no pressure to seal.  The keys all vibrate in the hand and it responds very fast.  All toneholes leveled and all keys fitted and regulated.  The overhaul and setup are excellent and I am picky.

This horn plays slightly focused considering other horns of this period.  It is not what I would call a big spread, slightly focused, VERY EDGY sound, VERY LOUD and sounds exactly as horns of this period usually do; heavy significant sound with a blasting edge quality. I would not say this is a dark horn although the sound is not light, it is bright on top of weighted if you can understand that. The feeling is buzzing in the hands and a kind of intimate right-on-top of you sound that usually only SBA’s have, but still sounds and feels like a VI. It is a unique horn.

It had one broad dent on the side of ot eh bow that is now perfectly round but shows some cosmetic evidence.  I did one resolder on the low F# trill guard that can barely be noticed. The neck is in perfect structural condition, never had any pull or bend.  The neck has a snug fit as well. The body is very straight. The setup is amazing and the sound and feeling are addictive.

 

 

 

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MK VI Soprano 133xxx Complex Tone

Here is a very nice MK VI soprano, #133xxx that I was happy to receive in trade for an excellent MK VI alto.  This horn has a very recent pad setup from Manny’s in L.A with treated pads and plastic resos.  The lacquer has some cosmetic challenges; minor brass work and some corroded lacquer that was removed, as well as just general blemish, dark spots and wear.  Basically this means it is an old instrument, but quite a nice player.  It is in good structural and playing condition.

This is still in the sweet spot for MK VI soprano’s and still has plenty of vintage tone mojo and complexity, with a bit of edge and a colorful core tone.

 

 

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Indepth Discussion on Realities of the MK VI and Vintage Selmers

Long and detailed discussion of a kind of common strawman overly hyped discussion of the “The MK VI” saxophone based on years of experience.

This was initially made in response to a video that is posted in the description
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puApTzibuHM ) .  Many hunters of such vintage Selmers, students and just those wanting to learn more may find this helpful.