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Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Nov 1st 4:49 PM
I'm buying a Mark 7 Alto (on reserve now) in December. Just fishing for opinions on it (good or bad). I'll list the serial number later. I played it next to a KORG tuner and it was quite in tune. The response was crisp (even with leaky keys!) and the sound full. I can't wait till I get it! I have it on reserve mainly so the tech can repair it before I purchase it. When the leaks are fixed, this thing's gonna rock!
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Nov 1st 11:43 PM
I think the 7 altos are really good......and I have one, 255xxx. Thick, lush tone and perfect intonation. I think you will be very happy with it; especially if you've already played it and like it even with leaks and all. Enjoy.
Brice B.
User ID: 0624334
Nov 5th 11:10 AM
Got one today. I'll let you know how it plays after I spend more time on it. Thought it'd be a good backup horn.
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Nov 7th 3:49 PM
Cool. Two more paydays, and I pick up my 7! Dec 8! I can't wait!
Randy M. Nov 7th 4:02 PM
Issaac A, I played a 7 for years (also have Yamaha Custom 875). Getting the 7 overhauled next week. I Like both for different reasons. My 7 is *M241xxx. Enjoy.
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 2nd 6:05 PM
Pick up my Mark 7 Alto THIS saturday! Talk about going to be a slow week!
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 4th 1:25 AM
....and it's only Tues. morning.
Miles
User ID: 1543764
Dec 5th 12:20 AM
...Wed morning now. getting closer...
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 7th 12:03 AM
Well, how are we holding up?
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 7th 10:36 PM
I've got it! Woohoo! Picked it up at 6:18PM Thursday!! (I couldn't wait to get it on Saturday, Thurs was payday, so it was perfect)--left the house at 3:16PM--(2.5 hour drive southwest of my house...one way!) and it sounds even better than the first time I played it! The first time I test played it, one pad was leaking, the neck cork was over compressed, the keys weren't level, and the neck was loose! When I picked it up on Thurs, the neck was tight, the neck cork was repaced, the keys were leveled, and the leaking pad was replaced (it had a re-pad one year prior already).

The Serial Number is M258414. Does anybody know the year of this sax? I'll update ya'll on it as I play it more. So far, so good! Altissimo is a snap! Low notes come out easy, though I am going to have to get used the large Bb pinky table.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 7th 11:35 PM
The year is 1977......middle of the production run.
Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 8th 3:22 AM
Geez, I'm stinking happy for Isaac with his new Mark VII. the serial numbers as mentioned are in the middle of production, and Goodson's site quotes that the numbers below 275XXX are the better series. Just so happens, I have the bug for a 7 as well and would like some input on prices. I looked at one today....serial# 273XXX, body great, laq full, pads okay. It has been owned but the guy since 1988. Origional case etc. What price could we accept to pay for these presumed "black-sheep" horns? Some help, and again congratulations Isaac.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 8th 4:22 AM
Music stores charge $1800 to $2200 for a good Mark VII. There are several on ebay now, and they may go for less. One of the two looked pretty good.....had the full American floral engraving on the bell; probably an early one. Price depends on the condition of the horn, early production ones with the engraving seem to be preferred. How it plays and sounds is really what matters. They have a larger bore than the Mark VI, keywork is a little different; especially spatula keys and lower Eflat and C keys. They seem to blow louder.....thick, lush tone. Love mine.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 8th 4:42 AM
If you're buying from an individual you might get a really good Mark VII for $1200 to 1500. However, prices seem to be going up some on these horns.
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 8th 7:20 PM
I paid $1495 (+MN sales tax) for mine. Yeah it's awesome! About 75-85% original dark gold laquer and lots of bell engraving! The sound is "full and rich".
Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 8th 8:10 PM
Well, I bought my closet mark VII alto today with a 24 hour return if desired. sn 273931. The horn is immaculate 100% laq. Took it to my repair guy and it needed a few felts. No need for overhaul. Used by a college music major in the late 70's early 80's and was second owner. he plays a Euphonium as major and stashed the sax away after college. To boot, he was a great guy to buy from. He liked the idea that the horn will be put to good use. Price, I will reserve that for now, but it was extremely fair.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 8th 11:01 PM
Enjoy.....I have.
Randy M.
User ID: 8729803
Dec 9th 3:46 AM
Phil, how's it play? do you like it? Fill us in as you get used to it.
Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 9th 7:31 PM
Randy M: I exclusively, until now, play my Conn Alto 266XXX transition. It is a great horn. But I like the Mark VII and don't really know why yet! I don't have big hands and the Conn low C and Bb feel much better. Got to stretch on the Mark VII. But, and here is where I feel pretty good, I ony paid 900$ cash. Believe this: absolutely pristine. Laquer is almost perfect, or as good as new. it needs nothing according to my tech but I will put about 200$ into it because it deserves some TLC. Play-wise, your right, it has a nice smooth, lush tone, and really not much different from a 6'r. I bet there would be very few who would be able to hear the dif. I think we should start a Mark VII club on this forum. Well maybe not a club, but a following with feedback so we could follow the evolution of our smart buys. Eventually these horns will be regarded as the "up-beat" cool thing to own, by those individuals who had the insite to scarf them up when you could get a "new" looking one for under a grand. Let's keep the feedback going. I'll give more after I put some hours on it. Right now I get carried away polishing longer than I play the damn thing.
Thanks
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 9th 8:36 PM
Sounds like you got a beaut'! The best thing about my purcahse (besides owning one!) is the ONE year WARRENTY that came with it! Sure, it's a 2.5 hour drive away to get warrenty work done, but at least it's there!

$900 though??!! In Damn new condintion!?? Who were you robbing??!! :) Anyway, you made out like a bandit, and I thought $1495 was a pretty damn good price!

That "Club" of sorts sounds like great idea. But we should raise the bar to "When you could get a "VII" for under $1500.
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