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This is a thread that has to do excatly with the Title. What was your best horn? This was taken from the What was the worst horn you played thread? And I decided to see the other extreame on the Best.


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That's easy my 97,XXX Mark VI Tenor. I've owned it for almost 20 years and have NEVER considered buying another tenor. Alto's, Sopranos, Flutes, Clarinets have come and gone.
 

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Selmer MkVI, 199xxx alto.

Bought new in 1972. Been all over h e double toothpicks and back with me. I know it inside and out. Been completely overhauled (no relac) 4 times. It has about 35% lacquer left, and that was rubbed off by weather and my own hands. Worn out three cases.

Best for me, maybe not best for you.:D
 

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My best tenor is the one that I have owned for 20 yrs A mark Vi tenor 85xxx.

the best soprano was a Yamaha 62r when I got rid of it I never thought they would become so sought after.
 

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My current B&S made tenor and alto are the best I've owned... although I had a SX90BN alto and a Buescher True Tone alto that were killer too.

No doubt in my mind about the B&S tenor though. I've had a 5 digit VI and still have 49 Big B. I think the Big B may have been better at one time, but these days my Big B is tired and could use an overhaul, so it's tough to gauge it's potential.
 

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silver plated conn alto tranny (mostly 6M)...unbelievable power and such a pro tone...only had it for a few months...I had too many horns and my wife was not happy (I was still making monthly payments to Sam Ash for another alto sax at the time) so I had to sell the Conn.
 

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Fortunately, the one I have now. Allora (B&S) tenor. I could not ask for more. Before that I played a Selmer Super for 19 years. It looked like a pile of crap but was a great sax and VERY reliable. The Super was getting pretty long in the tooth so I began the quest, vascillating between an expensive overhaul/restoration, another vintage unit or a shiny new one.

I bought a nice condition Conn 10M and hated it. Then a Black nickel B&S which knocked me out. Except the finish. I wasn't nuts about it but the horn played superbly. Took a gamble and bought a clear lacquer version, which played just as well. Sold the blackie, the Conn and the Selmer.

That was a weird, breif period. Old horns ,new horns, changes. If the Allora serves as well as the Selmer it will be my last sax.
 

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Best horn ever owned by me was/is a Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II Alto Sax. She has a "I was made for you" feel to her. :D She gets positive comments on her solo, as well as section, sound from local professional musicians and so far none of the "you need to really focus on your intonation."
 

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1963 Selmer Mark VI alto......best I ever played before or since. Had it for 6 years and, sadly, sold it. It was simply magic for me.
 
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