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Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 8th 3:25 AM
Any comments on what one should expect to pay for one in good-excellent shape. the serials below 275XXX are best according to S Goodson vintage horn site.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 8th 4:08 AM
Probably $1500 to $2000......depends. The earlier ones with the lower ser. no.'s and engraved may be more. Sometimes you can get em for less on ebay.
anon
User ID: 0269124
Dec 8th 9:23 AM
Mark VII pricing is all over the map...$1000-2500, varies much more than most Selmers because of lack of stellar reputation, plus common availability, and very mixed opinions(and maybe mixed quality of manufacture) of the sax public.
anon
User ID: 0269124
Dec 8th 9:24 AM
oh, btw, anything approaching or surpassing $2000 would probably be a mint/closet horn, probably plated...the typical lacquer stuff is definitely much lower.
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 8th 7:23 PM
Well, I belive anything below $1600 is a deal. Anything Below $1400 is a steal! My 7 was refurbishe BEFORE being sold to me at the $1495 I paid for it. Plus, the dealer threw a set of Selmer palm key risers, and a 1 year warrenty! I'm estatic! THE BEST SAX PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE!
Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 8th 8:01 PM
What is it that appeals to you purchasers of the mark VII altos? Name, playability, future investment, present lower prices, history? etc. Like comments to get to understand these babies a little more. A discussion may draw interest and spark value increase.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 9th 12:33 AM
Actually when they first came out lots of people didn't like em.....many still don't. They came right after the Mark VI.....hard act to follow. It had the bigger bore, shorter neck on alto, different angle on tenor. And the keywork, especially the spatula keys was awkward unless your hands were big. I think the 7 was made with electric guitars and amplification in mind. It seems to play louder and with more projection....has a thick, rich Selmer tone. I think it's a great R&B, rock n roll horn, and with the right set up a good classical horn. Great horn for the money, which is about half the cost of a Mark VI. They were only made for six years....not that many of em. There were some good threads on the Mark VII, but hackers vandalized the forum and they got deleted.
Phil
User ID: 9272753
Dec 9th 7:35 PM
Anyone experiment with different mpcs for the Mark VII alto. I have a JVW Meyer 5, a Meyer 7 non-JVW, a Selmer C*, and a Duloff D7 metal. This is my hobbyn and I want to appease myself with another mpc if it is functionally appropriate.
Thamks
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 9th 8:42 PM
I have an old Selmer "Soloist" C* Hard Rubber I guess it what it's called (beats me!It's a vintage Selmer C* that all it has on it is the Selmer Paris logo, and C*. The bore is kinda a sideways "D", and there's a "ring" with "engraving" on the side that slides onto the neck). I also play on a Runyon Spoiler Metal #7. Just need to find the right reed for this piece on the VII.
Docax
User ID: 1585334
Dec 9th 8:52 PM
I played a 262xxx Mark VII alto, bought new in 1978, my entire sax playing life,until a recent neck condition exacerbation has me only playing soprano. Great horn, big -almost-vintage-comparable sound, although I admit the LH spatula is the worst I've felt on any alto ever. Only recently with the internet have I learned that I played a "black sheep" horn!
I played a Jodyjazz on it before I stopped. Highly recommended if you want another mouthpiece - easily beats anything I ever tried for ease. control and large sound.
Oh, and I'm still hoping for a recovery, so I'm not selling my Mark VII yet!
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 9th 11:35 PM
There's no way I would part with my Mark VII. Once you get use to the spatula keys it's a great horn.......a true Selmer. Nearly every one that comes up on Ebay sells, and I see some Mark VI's that never get a bid. Reserve too high maybe?
Isaac Armstrong
User ID: 0240854
Dec 10th 8:39 PM
The Mark VI is over-rated, and the Mark VII is under-rated. The Series 1 I never hear ANYTHING about!
SS
User ID: 0840444
Dec 15th 5:09 PM
Hello Alan, a friend came back from US, told me that he saw many "old" Alto in NY marked price at US$10,000~12,000. Do you have any idea what vintage Alto can have this kind of price? Mark VI 5 digits or anything else? Thanks.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 15th 11:55 PM
SS, I can't imagine any old alto costing $10,000 unless it was solid gold with diamond keys. Even a really MINT 5 digit Mark VI wouldn't go for more than $6000. Perhaps it was a really super old horn in an antique shop. If it's that old and in New York it might sell for that in an antique shop, but it wouldn't be practical to play, if it still played at all. I find it hard to believe anyone would pay that for an old alto unless it's rare and very collectible.
SS
User ID: 4183974
Dec 16th 12:13 AM
Yes, Alan, I was wondering the same. But on the other hand, if an Alto Mark VI made in 1957 with S/n 67,xxx costs $6,000 with average condition, maybe the mint condition would cost $9,000 to 10,000? I don't know, I was just wondering. Have you seen any mint 5 digit Mark Vi on the market? Thanks.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 16th 12:28 AM
Not in a while, but $6000 would be mint, not average. An average Mark VI would be about $3000 to 3500. Robertos Woodwinds in New York has a Mark VI listed for $6000 that's almost mint and that's high. I suppose if there was a 67xxx Mark VI that was bought new, played a few times and put away it might go for $7000 or maybe even 8000. That would be in an auction probably, but it would have to be 100% lacquer intact and not a scratch....original everything in like new condition.
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 16th 2:14 AM
BTW, the Mark VI's on ebay these days don't seem to be bringing the prices they were 6 mons. ago. I saw one 5 digit tenor up to $5000, but the altos weren't near that. It's almost time for the Reference 54 altos to come out, Selmer's remake(?) of the Mark VI.
SS
User ID: 1655274
Dec 16th 9:34 AM
Thanks for the buying tips, Alan, really appreciated.
JimH
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Dec 17th 3:21 PM
I have a Mark VII alto that I bought in 1977. Played it in HS and play it today. The best MP that i have ever tried was the SR technology Legend. It is great!!!
Alan
User ID: 9892733
Dec 18th 1:50 AM
I've heard of those, but never tried one. I've got a Larry Teal, a Solist style C*, a Soloist D, a gold plated Rovner Deep V no. 7, and a new New York Meyer Limited 5M on the way. (and I may exchange it for a 6M if it's too tame) So far I like the Soloist D and the Rovner the best. I'm mainly getting the 5M Meyer for concert band.
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