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Selmer Paris Mark VI Alto Saxophone SN 571XX

You are looking at a Selmer Mark VI Alto Saxophone serial number 571XX. This is the exact instrument you will receive if you should choose to purchase.

SKU: US4257142-P

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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 first year relacquered Mark VI.  This alto was one of the first Mark VI’s assembled at the H&A Selmer factory in Elkhardt, 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.

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. Mark VI’s from the first year of production are unique in that the bottom stack of the horn features adjustment screws, a feature that was on the Super “Balanced” Action models, but was removed for the majority of the run.  It is often believed that these horns actually used the lower stack keywork from the SBAs, making these quite unique from later production models.

As with the majority of early 5 digit alto VI’s, this horn is known as a “short bow” Mark VI, as the length of the bow causes the bell keys below low C to play slightly sharp. Selmer would latter tinker with the bow lengths and produce medium and long bow models multiple times during the run. Short bow models are often much preferred over the later long bow models, as it is more difficult to bring up the flat bell notes on the latter horns up to pitch.

This alto exhibits the lush full sound that makes the 5 digit Mark VI’s so desirable. 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 relacquer, and the engraving is feint but still very much visible, indicating that the horn was not overly buffed when it was relacquered. This players horn is in over all very good condition, with a minor dent on the neck, and minor dings on instrument, which is not detrimental to the performance of the horn.

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

Things You Will Get:

  • Selmer Mark VI Alto
  • Hardshell Case

The pinnacle of saxophones


When Henri Selmer built his first saxophone, I'm sure he had no idea it was going to be the model that every other company would attempt to replicate. Every horn will be slightly different than the next, but the action of the Mark VI I've played was phenomenal. The keys fit to your finger the first time you pick it up. You can feel, without even playing it, that it is the best saxophone you've ever held. Then you put air through it! I play with a Meyer hard rubber mouthpiece, medium chamber with a 5 tip. On my everyday horn, I would describe my tone as medium-dark/medium-bright, kind of favoring the brighter tone. On the Mark VI, my tone flips to the other side of that line, a lot darker! Octave jumps, low notes, and altissimo are all significantly easier on this horn. A large portion of the early models did not have the high F# key, as the one pictured seems, however the later models did incorporate that. Overall, the money that you will spend on this horn is well worth it. Even the greatest Yamaha will not be the same as the Mark VI. Truly the Pinnacle of Saxophones!

Scott M

Indianapolis, IN


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