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Selmer Paris Mark VI Alto Saxophone Silver Plate

 
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This is a Selmer Mark VI Silver Plated Alto Saxophone, serial number 240503. This horn is currently on display in our Manhattan Showroom and will ship from there.

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 officially 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 silver plated Mark VI alto saxophone. This alto was one of the last Mark VI’s assembled at the H&A Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana. The American assembled saxophones distinguish themselves from their French assembled brothers by their unique engraving style, darker lacquer, and the inclusion of the serial numbers on most of the parts of the instrument, typically (but not always) including the neck of the instrument, so that all of the original parts of the instrument could be assembled in the US factory. This alto has a serial number of 2405XX, which according to Selmer Paris' records, would make it a Mark 7, but it indeed a Mark VI, as evidenced by its bore and keywork, making this one of the very last Mark VI altos ever produced!

Selmer Paris was never a company to rest on its laurels (or is it fleur-de-lis’?), and continuously tinkered with the design of the Mark VI in all pitches, most notably with the alto sax This horn is known as a “long bow” Mark VI, as the length of the bow causes the bell keys below low C to play slightly flat, but significantly reduces the “gurgling” issues that often plague short and medium bow Mark VIs.

This alto exhibits a bright, fully punchy sound that is typical of the later VI’s. The horn has been recently overhauled and is outfitted with plastic domed resonators and the pads have plenty of life. The horn has been finished in a beautiful silver plate with a gold washed bell, approximately 85% of which remains intact, and is engraved from bell to bow, which was not common practice on American engraved horns since the end of the Super “Balanced” Action run in 1953 This stunning horn is in over all very good condition, with minor wear on the instrument, which is not detrimental to the performance of the horn.

This horn comes with a Selmer Vanguard case and may very well be the last alto you will need to own, so don’t delay in picking up this beauty.

Get your Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone on silver plate from Sam Ash Music today. With more than 90 years of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument they have been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

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  • Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone
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