Two decades of saxophone history: 1954 to 1974
The Mark VI was available as an alto, tenor, soprano, sopranino, baritone and bass saxophone. The instruments sold in the USA were also assembled, engraved and lacquered there, with Selmer producing the individual parts in France and shipping them to America.
For many musicians, the Mark VI is the best Selmer saxophone, if not the best ever. So it is no wonder that many great jazz musicians played a Mark VI.
Since the 1970s, a number of companies have been more or less openly copying the Mark VI, adopting both the scale and the keyhole net as well as the key design.
The Mark VI was introduced by Selmer Paris in 1954 and produced until 1974: serial numbers 55'200 to 220'800. To speak of a uniform model seems to be an exaggeration, but Selmer made constant changes and improvements. The bore and the S-bow, for example, have changed again and again over the years.Early Mark VIs (up to about 90'000) tend to have a darker sound and are very sought after, but the models with the higher numbers are dynamic and modern saxophones with perfect intonation.
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