This is a very unique and special MK VI of what is arguably the most popular serial number/model period Selmer made. Horns from this model period are usually the LOUDEST they made. This horn particularly, is probably the loudest horn I have ever played, really ever, hah. It has a very complex and clear response. I know some people really love bare brass horns, but i personally am not sure sure about the difference, I suppose that may have something to do with it though?
With an Early Babbitt Otto Link:
With a Hard Rubber FL Link 7*:
I found this horn is neglected condition. I believe it is a horn that was never played. The pearls are very sharp, like a brand new horn. There was no wear on the original lacquer nor on the metal surfaces, yet the horn had been stored in a terrible climate that corroded the lacquer and caused it to have purple bumps all over it. There were a few keys with small sharp dents on them leading me to believe that this horn had those keys struck out of adjustment making it unplayable and it was just put away in some damp garage to rot. All the pads had just fallen out and were missing, but there was no rust, strangely.
This is how I found it (some of these photos are mid process):
I chemically stripped this in the most horrible solvent known to humans. I removed all the old lacquer and then gave it several gentle acid (vinegar) baths to remove all corrosion and then a neutral bath.
I then hand polished the body and neck to remove tarnish and hand and dremel color-buffed the key cups. All dents smoothed. All toneholes have been leveled. All keys fitted etc. Everything has been done to this to bring it back to life and it was a lot of work. I preferred to keep the original surface intact by just removing the old lacquer and gently cleaning rather than giving it a brushed or any other kind of finish. So you can still see some staining here and there where the old lacquer went mad.
It has a new set of rather hard pads and oversized resotech nickel plated brass resonators. I have spared no expense or labor to entice this thing back into the world of sound. When it was finally finished and I could play it I was absolutely shocked at the sound, just incredibly loud, powerful, edgy with a booming dark center.
This horn can compete with the absolute best of 80k series MK VI tenors and far better than most. The body and neck are beautiful without any significant issues. It has never been dropped, nor has the body every been badly dented or bent. The neck was never bent in any way or even dinged at all. A couple of keys had dings smoothed out. One key guard had some solder. The springs are good. The pearls are brand new it seems. The engraving is sharp as new.
This is a world class professional and very powerful horn with a huge and unexpectedly loud sound with a very complex depth to the sound and very fast and accurate response.
The video and photos say more than my writing.