1962, a great year for the MK VI! This one is an original finish European market MK VI with a serial number of 101xxx. It has a high F# key and has just had a wonderful overhaul, all new pads with a slightly oversized set of original 1960’s Selmer screw-back plastic resonators all the tone hole leveling and key fitting and all the good stuff. The result is probably THE LOUDEST and edgiest MK VI I have ever played. It is without a doubt LOUDER than my own horn, from 1959, and a fair bit brighter too (which I like).
The SCALE of the sound is also just huge, it is wide and omnipresent vibration, expands throughout the room, which I think you can kind of hear in the videos. I am still doing some final subtle regulation, and I’ve left the old neck cork because it works with my mouthpiece. I expect the new owner will change that to fit their piece specifically.
(With a hard rubber Berg Larsen)
(and with a hard rubber custom Babbitt Artist large chamber done by myself, which is now sold)
This is one of the most aggressive and broad sounding MK VI’s I have ever had. Several working pros have played this and immediately had to take a cold shower!
In terms of condition, it IS original Lacquer, of the light European color, and it has had a few very minor dents address and had a couple of very minor and nicely done resolders as well. It is obviously not a perfect “Sleeping Beauty” but it is one heck of a player in very good structural and functional condition.