Here we have a wonderful near new 82Z-2 black tenor. This thing plays so clean, precise and reliably, with an effortless response. The air column is slightly wide yet it has power to spare with a defined buzzy edge and a lot of volume. It is not a simple modern sound but a very nicely designed tribute to vintage horns.
This is the second (latest) model with the metal resonators, one piece bell and V1 neck. We also have an excellent C1 solid silver neck included for an extra $375 if desired. That is what I used on it, with a slightly smaller bore it has a bit more focus and power.
Here we have an excellent King Super 20, #375xxx in original condition and finish. It has mostly original pads, quite old and will need revision. It currently does play on the original pads but not especially well, however one can hear and feel the beautiful rich tone and the promise of amazing vibes once it is overhauled. I have taken out some tiny dings all over the horn. It is in excellent condition. There is one post foot that appears to be pulling up from the body at the top of the upper stack, a very easy fix during an overhaul. This horn is a treasure of complex tone and response.
This is a King SIlversonic #470xxx Eastlake production. It has original finish and very old pads that will need revision. The body and neck are in excellent physical condition. One guard foot was resoldered by Ernie Sola many years ago but it will be hard to notice or find it, was done so well. The horn at this point has only scratches and is otherwise very very nice. The sterling silver bell has gold wash, the neck is also sterling. I bought this horn many years ago based only on the shockingly great sound it produced. It has been waiting for attention for a long time, please adopt and care for it.
These horns are workhorses, reliable and powerful. This tenor has a very fat commanding sound with a wonderful colorful edgy quality. It plays pretty well but will not some attention. Pads are old and regulation is not up to snuff but the sound is great. Has some normal dents and repairs and prices accordingly.
Here we have another original Selmer MK VI alto #78xxx. Again this is a medium bow excellent example. It needs an overhaul and some attention but will be a super apex alto when done! It includes original case, warranty card, instrument dealer’s business card with 1957 calendar on the back side! It now has one resoldered low C guard foot, never was any damage just popped off as they do.
This is a horn that is waiting for shop attention. It is original, kinda dirty, missing some pads, needing some attention and in very good physical condition. It is a medium bow amazing Semer alto, 80xxx serial! It will be an incredible player.
Here is a 1960 Selmer MK VI tenor saxophone serial no. 87xxx with original case, mouthpiece (Brilhart was included at this time) and Boosey & Hawkes Edgeware Clarinet. This is the original package from 1960.
This is very few numbers from my own 87k tenor and this has been kept for a future overhaul but we are setting some horns free. This is a near mint 87k tenor, the find of a lifetime and a player to match. The lacquer is all original, US engraving, pads all original, nothing has been done to this one. It currently plays on original pads very nice but of course a little bit stuffy.
The neck is in perfect condition, the horn has most of its lacquer as can be seen in the photos. There are a few imperfections; there is a tiny ding on the bell flare, one resoldered guard-foot at low C, and a slightly dinged upper post at Eb/C. That is all, otherwise it is gorgeous.
This horn particularly plays bright and warm and loud. it has both the aggressive edgy quality and full richness we would expect from a late 80k tenor. Among this serial number this is undoubtably one of the absolute best one can find, which is why it was kept for years (by myself). This horn is for the most discerning player or vintage collector who knows exactly what these are and what they are looking for. This is not cheap, you have been warned.
This 98xxx tenor is everything is should be. It is all original and on original pads as well. Nothing has every been done to this horn and it still plays great. There are no dents of consequence, nor any solders or repairs that I found. it has some normal lacquer speckling from age but not even much play wear. The pearls are sharp, the original neck is perfect condition.
It currently plays very well, but would be amazing with a fresh set of pads. The sound is HUGE, very organic and complex sounding with a lot of power and edge as well, exactly as it should be. This is very easily one of the best MK VI’s I have ever played.
Absolutely beautiful MK VI soprano, 1964, 113xxx, this is one of my personal finds during some years of searching for the perfect MK VI of which this IS one. Although the five digit early selmers are great, the early six digit sopranos have special advantages. The intonation tends to be a bit more reliable partially due to bore changes as well as the articulated octave/c# mechanism that was added right around late 90k-100k.
The body seems straight, never had any major trauma that I was able to identify. Bell looks in nice shape too. The lyre holder was removed which is nice in that it makes the horn a little lighter. The pads are not new but it plays pretty good at the moment, could definitely use adjustment, and maybe a pro setup if you choose.
This horn has a very strong and compact sound, slightly brighter and more focused than 5 digit sopranos and very very obviously more colorful and sonically rich and complex than later 6 digit horns. This is one of the BEST, and it was not an accident that I bought it for myself. I have a number of them now, and need to let one go. Lucky you, maybe!