Selmer Paris Mark VI Serial Number 1121XX


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Here we have a vintage Mark VI from 1963. Serial number 1121XX the instrument pictured is the exact instrument you will receive if you should choose to purchase.

Within the saxophone community, there are few brands that are held with such reverence as Selmer Paris. Originally focusing on clarinets, Henri Selmer entered the saxophone market in 1922, and has been the preeminent name in professional saxophones since 1935. Nearly all modern saxophones can find its DNA in the designs of the saxophones manufactured by Selmer in the mid 20th century.

The Mark VI saxophone, whose production ceased for alto and tenor in 1974, and entirely for all other pitches by the 1980’s, is still to this day the benchmark that other designs are held against. Its comfortable ergonomics have seen its way into nearly every saxophone produced by all major manufacturers, and it’s flexibility in tone has secured its place among many players as being the finest saxophone ever produced.

We are proud to offer for sale a beautiful European assembled Mark VI tenor saxophone, serial number 1121XX, dating to late 1963. European assembled saxophones distinguish themselves from their American assembled brothers by their unique engraving style, lighter lacquer, and the lack of a serial number stamped on the neck; this was done all for horns destined for American assembly, so that all of the original parts of the instrument could be assembled in the US factory.

The horn we have to offer was produced soon after the conclusion of the so-called "Five Digit" Mark VI range, which are among the most sought after saxophones ever produced. Prized by players and collectors alike, the "Five Digit" horns have an allure and mystique that cause many buyers to go through great lengths and even greater expense to secure one to their collection.

These "Five Digit" horns are prized for their rich and complex sound, but the best Mark VI’s were not exclusively made in this range; the Selmer factory did not change their molds after production of serial number 99.999, and this horn certainly exemplifies the characteristics of a “Five Digit” horn. The entire range of this horn speaks effortlessly with a lush, slightly spread sound with a fantastic bottom end. The horn has been recently overhauled and is outfitted with plastic domed resonators and the pads have plenty of life. The horn retains most of its lacquer, we are not 100% certain if the lacquer is original, the color is accurate, and the telltale signs of a relacquer (faded stampings, rouge marks, orange peel) are all absent. The engraving is crisp, indicating that the horn was not overly buffed if it truly is a relacquer, and if it was, it was done by the factory. The horn has had damage to the bell via the body-brace section, but the horn was has been expertly repair with do damage to the lacquer or desoldering, save at the brace right itself.  Thankfully it is not detrimental to the performance of the horn.

This horn comes with a period correct handsome tweed case with leather accents, and may very well be the last tenor you will need to own, so don’t delay in picking up this beauty.

Things You Will Get:

  • Selmer Mark VI
  • Case


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