Selmer MK VI Tenor 87xxx 1960 Original Package Find

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.

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Selmer MK VI 98xxx US near Mint Original Tenor Saxophone

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.

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Selmer MK VI Soprano Saxophone 1964 113xxx Awesome Player!

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!

 

 

 

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Selmer MK VI 76xxx players treasure

This 76k tenor is all original.  US engraving, original lacquer, most of the original resos.  A few pads were missing so I put in a few cheap pads and a bit of regulation to get it running.  It will need a full overhaul and a bath, but at the moment it plays huge with a somewhat dark core and a very loud mid range cutting edge.  It has no resistance (other than the stuffy old pads) and is a real joy to play.

There is (obviously) some play wear on the left side, the bell flare has a very minor repaired crease.  Expect that this horn will need some normal work  but it is a wonderfully colorful, rich, and punchy original 1958 tenor, very very promising for a setup.

 

 

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Mystery 40k SBA Original just arrived

This is an excellent Coltrane year/model SBA 40k that just arrived.  This one will definitely need a complete overhaul but it’s going to be that magical creature when done.  Wow! and look at that rare and excellent original case!

This has original US engraving and dark lacquer.  The neck is in beautiful condition and the bell as well.  This horn HAS been played and it has two repairs: the lower guard foot at Eb had a dent and the foot was damaged and the area repaired.  The tonehole is fine and the bow is nice and round, it is just cosmetic at this point.  The upper G rib was slightly unattached at the front and this was tacked down.

Now, the pads on this horn are currently horrible, YUCK! They are degrading, soft, rotten and covered in some kind of wax-like substance, maybe it is polish of some kind?  Anyhow they are disgusting and they are also leaking like a vintage British motorcycle, leaking horribly.  I was prepared to have a miserable feeling when playing it because honestly there is not a single pad that is not leaking and rotten, yet it has a truly amazing response.  This actually annoyed me.  It is better than many other horns, and with these pads it really should not be.

 

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Selmer Balanced Action Tenor 23k Unique Curiosity

This is a very interesting horn.  Serial number 23xxx, an earlier Balanced Action, it is set up with metal resonators and is in pretty good playing condition.  The pads could at least do with a bit of reseating and adjusting.  I have not looked deeply into it yet.  It has a wonderful crisp and rich response.

The unique thing about this horn (besides its sound) is that it appears to have been made without engraving and then sent to the Selmer factory to be relacquered and engraved with the current engraving of the late 1940’s-early 1950’s (SBA) Super Action style.  It is quite obvious to me that this had to have been done at the factory.  The lacquer color is also appropriate to the SBA time period.  The horn does not appear to have been buffed and there is no evidence (in any way) of prior engraving under the SBA pattern, so it is just very unusual and interesting.

This horn is beautiful and just has a phenomenal sound that will never be recreated. It is a joy to play.

 

 

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