This is an interesting 1960 MK VI tenor originally made for the French market; no engraving, light yellow French lacquer and that light blue enamel on the octave ‘S’. The serial number is 87xxx although the 7 is stamped at such an angle that is looks like a 1. I was confused as first but it has all the identifiers of an 87xxx as well.
The finish is original as is the neck with part of the serial scribed into the tenon as well. This horn has really lived, has plenty of scratches blemishes and some repairs but it is sturdy and solid. It’s just not very pretty which is exactly why it is a bargain for someone hunting for a player’s mid-late 80k tenor, which are usually very very expensive and hard to find. People love these specifically because of how they play. Of course some people are obsessed with the Brecker mystique but again, he played these because of how they play, apparently.
With a Berg Larsen-
And with a FL Link-
This one is a bit more focused than spread on the scale of how they might play. It is quite aggressive and punchy with an edgy bright thing that takes plenty of air and turns it into power. It feels fast and nimble. I am not a huge fan of the pads and resos but they are not especially old. I just think it could be set up better to reach its full potential. I’ve already gone through it and got it playing quite efficiently, but this would be a great project for someone to polish up. This will be quite an opportunity for the lucky 80k-seeker.