SELMER MARK VI ALTO SAXOPHONE #89449. FRESHLY OVERHAULED 5-DIGIT 1960 SAX. Here is a very nice Selmer (Paris) Mark VI alto saxophone that was just overhauled in our shop in Southern New England. Here's what we did. The saxophone was completely dis-assembled.
During the tear-down we straighten any bent keys, swedge loose fitting keys and remove all pads, corks and felts. Body, neck and keys are dipped in a cleaning solution, then rinsed off and dried. Rods and screws are wiped down with solvent alcohol and straightened if bent.New corks and felts are applied to the keys that need them, a new neck cork is put on, new pads are selected and glued into the pad cups. Each key is lubricated and put on in a particular order. Once installed, the pad is seated. This means that it is made to cover the tone-hole completely, with minimal pressure. This is the most important and time-consuming part of the process. Regulation takes place where two or more keys come down at exactly the same time (think middle C: your middle finger brings down the A key, the bis key and the tiny C key, all at the same time). If one key comes down before the others, you have a leak. We also remove any lost motion (sloppiness) in the mechanism during this process. This is the most fun part for me. I have play-tested thousands of saxophones in my career as a technician.
We make small adjustment to the "feel" of the horn (spring tensions), adjust key heights for a more "open" sound and test alternate fingerings to make sure they sound the same as the "regular" one. Serial number 89449 indicates that this horn was manufactured in Paris in 1960.
The neck has the matching serial number. This saxophone was re-lacquered sometime in the 1970's. Not sure who did it, but they knew what they were doing.
All the tone-holes are flat and level, pads seated easily, and the brass was not "thinned out" by excessive buffing. If you're a purist, you may want to pass on this one. But if you're just looking for a great-playing horn that will need nothing for a considerable time, this could be the one for you. Remember, your offer is a binding contract.
We are happy to answer them if we can. The item "SELMER MARK VI ALTO SAXOPHONE #89449. MATCHING NECK" is in sale since Friday, April 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "morantime" and is located in Hamden, Connecticut.
This item can be shipped to United States.