1964 Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone 114402. This is the one you're looking for. Unlacquered Mark VI from right in the middle period of their production. In my experience, while these don't have as legendary a reputation as the 5 digit horns, they play with greater ease and their ergonomics just fit in my hands better.
Take it from me, I have another horn from this serial range that I also adore. The best way I can describe this horn is sturdy. There is no squirreliness or unpredictability. It has a heftier, more stable sound and response, closer on the spectrum to a Conn than any other Mark VI I've played.Intonation and response are even all across the range, and the sound is wide and focused without sounding tubby or piercing. This instrument was also made with a high F# key, as seen in the pictures.
Some people like that, some don't, I don't really care either way but it works and plays in tune! This instrument is right off of a fresh overhaul by Brandon Dolph (one of the few students of Emilio Lyons) and has barely been played since. I had multiple opportunities to play this horn before I owned it and before it was overhauled and the difference between before and after is seriously insane. This is one of the nicest setups I have ever played, with beautifully fluid action that seals perfectly and plastic resonators for a slightly darker sound.
Of course, this horn is over 60 years old at this point, so it has a lot of wear like any vintage instrument. While there are scratches and dings and whatever, they don't affect playability at all and the horn has no dents whatsoever. The neck is pretty scratched up as seen in the photos, but it doesn't make any difference to the instrument's functionality. The neck has no serial number, but I have on good authority that it's the original neck that came with this horn.This horn also comes with the original leather Selmer case from the 60s. This thing is a little beaten up and is missing one handle, but the latches function same as ever and the case effectively secures and protects the horn as you might imagine for a case designed for this specific model. The original Selmer end plug is also included. I picked this horn up during the height of the pandemic and ended up mostly leaving it in the closet as I played other instruments. This is definitely a horn that needs to be played, and I would much rather it go to someone who will take good care of it and actually play it like it was meant to be than stay in my closet for any longer! This is an incredibly balanced horn with no drawbacks that I can think of. This horn is a safe bet for anyone seeking a Mark VI! This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones". The seller is "bghusn" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.