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    Default Selmer MK VI (1974) Relacquer?

    Opinions wanted on this Mk VI that appears too good to be true. Looks original to me. What do you think?
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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    It might help to know if this horn was originally sold in Europe or in the USA/Canada.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Good to go.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Thanks guys. I'm trying to determine if it's worth the trip to check out. I haven't seen the horn in the flesh yet and have only texted the seller a little to scope out a good time/date. Most likely sold in the US since it has lots of engraving, but will ask.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Got a better pic of the serial, actually much later than 65 (missed a digit before), probably 1974 (222xxx). Still in great condition though. He's asking $5400 which still seems reasonable.

    I've played a 204xxx for the better part of 30 years. Looks pretty rough but still plays great. Basically I'd be getting a nicer looking horn for a grand, assuming I could sell mine for $4,500 or so.

    Should I still go for it or leave well enough alone?

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Need to see much, much more of the horn.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    This is all I've got:
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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Looks original. American Engraved.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    One last follow up before I pull the trigger. Horn plays great and looks as good as the pics. Managed to talk the seller down to $4700. Is that a good buy for such a late model (222xxx)?

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Based on your pictures, this appears to be a USA assembled and engraved Mark VI from the mid 70's in very good original condition. $4700 is a reasonable price in my market (Texas). If you like and it plays well, and you plan to keep it, I wouldn't worry about a few hundred bucks one way or the other. As far as the serial no. thing is concerned, this era VI can play as well as any other, IMO, and at a substantial savings over the sought after vintages. Go for it.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Fair price

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Quote Originally Posted by mdavej View Post
    One last follow up before I pull the trigger. Horn plays great and looks as good as the pics. Managed to talk the seller down to $4700. Is that a good buy for such a late model (222xxx)?
    My Mk VI alto was a '65 - good horn. I think I paid about $225 for it (in 1975) - back then it was just a used Selmer, not yet "vintage".

    When was this horn last overhauled? If the "new" horn doesn't have a recent overhaul on it, you might be better off putting the money into your current horn, else all you are going to gain is a shinier horn.
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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    You would be MILES ahead to forget about that 222k Selmer and get yourself a new P Mauriat 76 brand spanking new for $3700.00 or so. It is hands down a superior instrument to a late Mk Vl tenor. Even better find a gently used one for 1800-2200.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by LateNiteSax View Post
    You would be MILES ahead to forget about that 222k Selmer and get yourself a new P Mauriat 76 brand spanking new for $3700.00 or so. It is hands down a superior instrument to a late Mk Vl tenor. Even better find a gently used one for 1800-2200.00
    Or buy Leon's Borgani UL Jubilee that has already been overhauled!

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    A lot of input. When it comes right down to it, the superiority of one horn over another is mostly personal opinion and a never ending debate. Follow your gut feel. One fact remains. If you buy the Selmer for $4700.00 and don't like it, chances are you can flip it and at least get your money back. Not so with any new horn.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Thanks everybody. Lots of great advice. I ended up pulling the trigger. I'm still very attached to my old horn, so time will tell if I keep or flip. At least I should be able to break even.

    I'm sure there are better horns out there for less money, but there's still something about the VI that I haven't heard in any other horn. Can't put my finger on it, and it could very well be all in my head.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Congrats. Coming from a guy who passed on deals in the past and regreted it later, I don't think you'll go wrong with this one.

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    Default Re: Selmer MK VI (1965) Relacquer?

    Quote Originally Posted by LateNiteSax View Post
    You would be MILES ahead to forget about that 222k Selmer and get yourself a new P Mauriat 76 brand spanking new for $3700.00 or so. It is hands down a superior instrument to a late Mk Vl tenor. Even better find a gently used one for 1800-2200.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by LateNiteSax View Post
    You would be MILES ahead to forget about that 222k Selmer and get yourself a new P Mauriat 76 brand spanking new for $3700.00 or so. It is hands down a superior instrument to a late Mk Vl tenor. Even better find a gently used one for 1800-2200.00
    Old thread I know, I tend to agree in general about the P.Mauriat being superior, but that is an extremely subjective opinion so it's always down to how you feel about the specific horn. But I feel I should point out that any new instrument is going to lose nearly half it's price within a year or two so I can't agree its a good option compared to (as you say) the gently used hand P.Mauriat at 1800- 2200 or (if it's one of the good ones) that MKVI. Buying used is always the better option in regard to value and resale options.


    Quote Originally Posted by mdavej View Post
    Thanks everybody. Lots of great advice. I ended up pulling the trigger. I'm still very attached to my old horn, so time will tell if I keep or flip. At least I should be able to break even.
    At $4700 that is a very fair price for that Selmer MKVI if it needs no or very little work so well done, and although I'm not sure it can be flipped (if the definition of "flip" is to sell at a large profit), as you say if it doesn't suit you as well as your existing horn I don't think you'd lose out if you sell it on.

    I would also add the the good (original) condition indicates something better than pure cosmetic value because so many of the MKVIs out there are quite worn out, and once the keyword starts getting sloppy then the overhauls become more and more expensive if the horn is to stay well setup.
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