• The Selmer Mark VI Tenor: Comparison Pics

    by  • July 25, 2011 • Selmer

    If there are ALTO comparison pics, we have to have TENOR pics, too. As with the alto page, I’m not quuuiiite finished, yet. I also won’t be doing this for the other pitches or the Low A Alto because those horns are considerably less common, so I don’t have enough pics to show.

    One of the extremely nice things about the Mark VI is that there were a ton of altos and tenors.  That allows me to relatively easily do something I’ve tried in the past: post a horn from every year so you can do your own comparisons.  Another great thing is that USAHorn.com takes a lot of pics of each horn they sell from approximately the same angles, so you can really do some comparing.  (Unfortunately, you don’t see many pics of the chromatic Bb, C and E/F altissimo vent keys.  The hinging mechanism did change on these side keys throughout the VI’s life.)  I’ve also tried to get horns that are in the best condition possible and only in lacquer.  I’ll be writing about — and posting pictures of — the different finishes in awhile.


    • I’m using the official serial number chart from www.selmer.fr (which I’ll repost from Selmer’s Flash in awhile), where the serial number in the chart is the last serial number for that year. USAHorn.com and others occasionally use a different serial number chart, so you might see some discrepancies.
    • Some of horns pictured do have aftermarket modifications, like a neck pickup, rubber/cork key risers and stuff. Just keep your eyes peeled.
    • Some horns pictured have the factory altissimo F# key, some don’t.
    • Some horns pictured are French-assembled and some are US-assembled.  This can mean that you’ve got slightly different color lacquers.
    • Note that on some early Mark VIs, especially non-lacquer models, you had the option of getting the Super (Balanced) Action engraving.  I’ll go into detail on how to tell an SBA and a VI apart in awhile.
    • Not all Mark VIs have “Mark VI” stamped someplace and those that do have it stamped, generally, on the bell-to-bow clamp and/or somewhere random on the horn’s body.
    • The oldest Mark VI tenor I’ve seen pics of is 55,783 (1954).  The newest is 234,775 (1974).  I have the 1974 pics, below, but I substituted vintagesax.com’s 55xxx horn for the 55,783 horn: I only have two pics of that one and neither pic shows the entire horn.  If you’re interested in seeing just the bell and neck of possibly the oldest extant VI tenor, click HERE.
    • Finally, hover your cursor over a thumbnail to see the date and serial number. Click on the thumbnail for a full-size pic and links to a gallery of pics of that horn.



    Selmer Mark VI Bb Tenors