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Hello everyone,

Recently I've been looking to buy my own tenor, and I was browsing Mark VI's on ebay, when I stumbled upon this horn: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Selmer-...s=63&clkid=2113740697291293355#ht_1077wt_1270

At the price they're asking, I was seriously considering bidding on this horn, except for a few drawbacks. The person selling the horn doesn't seem to know much about saxophones, and the horn itself doesn't seem to be in the best condition from the pictures (for example in one of the pictures there's a noticeable dent on the bottom of the horn). So I decided to get the advice of some real sax players on whether or not to buy this horn, and if so how much do you think repairs would cost? Thanks for your help!
 

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It would need a total rebuild at least in the range $500-600 or so depending on where you live. Might even consider having the finish stripped if you are interested in cosmetics.
Looks like no major trauma to the tenor from the pictures. Good luck!
 

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The horn has damage to the bow, it is missing a clothes guard and a neck screw and it needs a build and its a re-lac. 3.4 k tops!
 

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I think SaxTon is right although a total rebuild could certainly go higher. Also, it still has 3 days left and it's at about $2k. It will surely climb into the 3k-4k range.
 

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I personally think the horn needs alot of work. It really comes down to if you buy it and have it overhauled, cleaned up and polished. Well, then you'll have a mark VI and maybe for the money
spent you could get a horn in much better condition. It's really more about having a VI, I know I've been there. I play and teach full time and when I bought my keilwerth tenor last year I went through all this. We all have. The auction will most defintely go up but, watch it anyway you might get lucky. Best wishes.


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Wow, someone paid $3,247 for that? It's a relac with the bejeezus buffed out of it and it has a badly bowed body in the upper stack, to boot. With $1K+ of work, it might be worth close to what was paid for it. There are original lacs in good shape of this vintage (and even earlier) that are just sitting around unsold at $4K.
 
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