What's on Carlo's Bench? A Selmer Mark VI Low A Alto.

I recently finished work on a very rare Selmer MKVI low A alto. I think this is only the third I’ve seen in my entire time repairing instruments; this particular horn is in excellent condition, and plays great. It didn't need much in terms of repair, so enjoy this eye-candy. 

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2 comments

Richard,

They’re all good, tonally they’re different depending on the year of manufacture since Selmer was constantly tweaking the design. Earlier ones sound closer tonally to a SBA with a bit more roundness and depth and later ones have more punch and brightness, generally speaking. One thing to note is with later Selmers (like the one in question) they changed the way they set them up from the factory in a way that many players found disappointing (but it was lucrative for Selmer) and this ultimately lead to the commercial failure of the Mark VII. This horn was completely repadded and set up at our shop, and most likely plays better then it did coming out of the factory. This horn in particular has a very focused, compact sound and solid intonation despite the extra length of tubing the Low A gives the horn.

Jackson C. July 29, 2022

This alto is very high in the mark 6 serial number. Is this range still a really good range?
I was told after 1972 they went down in quality what is your opinion on that end of this horn?

Richard Berg July 29, 2022

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