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Hey. Just wondering if anyone knows what silver neck Brecker played on. I saw it was a Selmer. Anyone got anymore details?
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Hi,

My very first post, long and informative was somehow got deleted. Oh well, im new here (lol). So ill be short this time.

Mike's neck was an original silver VI neck. The originals had the triangular emblem in front of the neck where they labeled it (not the big S).

Two ways the new necks are different from the originals:
1. New silvers have gold plated octave mechanism
2. New silvers DO NOT have the triangular pyramid emblem in the front.

To see what im describing, go to youtube, and listen to "Cat's Cradle"...great view of his orig. silver neck. Now, right now go to ebay and check out the orig. silver VI that guy from Seattle is selling. He has very detailed pics of its neck.

I sure wish I could buy a silver VI just b/c I liked the way its neck sounded on my SA80 I.

Peace always,
Sneeky
 

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Make that "silverplated" - not "silver". As far as I've ever heard, the neck on Brecker's Mk VI was silverplated ala so many of the horns prevalent in the European market.
 

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Sorry Dr G. In my previous post I merely just meant silver in color.

There are sightings of him playing a newer silver "plated" neck just after his stripped original was, well....another can o worms here.

However, there are a whhhooole lotta sightings of him using an original silver (in color) selmer mark VI tenor neck.....from an original silver (in color) selmer mark VI tenor sax. The obvious differrences I have found between original necks and the new necks we can buy out the store, were listed above.

Personally, I dig Mike's late 80's vibe with the stripped neck and Dukoff. Saw him live then at a 4th on Flagler festival in WPB, Fl. I must have practice 10 hours straight after that concert (lol).
 

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Thanks! VERY detailed. Another thing... I've heard rumors that Brecker used an Oleg neck in the last few years.. Any truth to that?
 

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SneekyJones said:
Were original silver Selmer MK VI saxes plated, sterling, burnished? Her in lies the answer.

Peace,

Sneeky
Where?

FWIW, they were silverplated. And, BTW, it is much easier to say "silverplated" than "silver (in color)", isn't it?
 

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My last post for the day, then im off till....tomarrow (hehe).

All sightings ive seen of Mike playing a silver (in color) neck have been selmer necks (with original necks being of choice). Now, he most definitely tried other brands, but as far as performing for money....selmer necks.

As far as Oleg is concerned.....please utilize the search feature, or maybe someone else could chime in. This is my first day posting, and I don't want to ruffle ANY feathers :) I will say Mike took an original neck there to have some work done. But, this is off topic.

Peace again,

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I had a silver plated mk6 neck with the blue ink behind the "S". I bought it from John Percel in 1987. Sometime around '95 or '96 I geve it to my repair man, Terry Deane, to sell. He gave it to Brecker for a while but Mike didn't end up buying it.

My neck was an "after-market" MK6 neck made by Selmer-Paris. It had no serial #, but it was most likely made in the early '70s or later. Selmer continued to make, or at least stock, mk6 necks for many years after the mk6 production.

Brecker had several mk6s, I can't remember the serial #s, but the was one horn that he favoured. Terry Deane would no more about his horns beceause he worked on them in the mid-late '90s. I played one of them, an original lacquer #70,xxx that made me sound like Dexter. It was one of the best 6s I've ever played. Who knows why it wasn't MB's main horn?
 

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I was told by a reputable repairman that Brecker had the octave pip inside the neck tinkered with. Was very happy with it for a week or so , then not, and went to the silver neck.
 

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BarrySachs said:
Brecker had several mk6s, I can't remember the serial #s, but the was one horn that he favoured. Terry Deane would no more about his horns beceause he worked on them in the mid-late '90s. I played one of them, an original lacquer #70,xxx that made me sound like Dexter. It was one of the best 6s I've ever played. Who knows why it wasn't MB's main horn?
Off topic I guess:

"I have an array of saxophones at home – mostly Selmers – that are probably better than the horn that I usually play. However, I continue to gravitate back to this one. I’m so familiar with it. It’s as if I’m able to own every molecule of the instrument. It’s not a particularly remarkable instrument, but I really feel at home on it. Unfortunately, it’s gradually falling apart from age, and wear and tear, so I’d better start getting used to playing another instrument!" (MB)
 

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Some guy on the west coast worked on, and ruined Mike's original neck, so I think Oleg found him the silver neck. IT was around a 92xxx.
 

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Arggghhh, for the last time, it is silver plated NOT SILVER!

It's people like you that make others think that a silver neck sounds better. :shock: :evil:




There. Are you happy? You made me yell. :(
 

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Dr G said:
There. Are you happy? You made me yell. :(
Sorry, Dr G, I'm confused :twisted: ;) . Are you saying that silver necks are actually not made of silver or something? If you speak up I may hear you...
 

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Sorry, Dr G, I'm confused...
Yes, I've noticed that. ;)

RootyTootoot said:
Are you saying that silver necks are actually not made of silver or something? If you speak up I may hear you...
Why, thank you for asking. Silver necks, such as the Gloger that I had, actually ARE made of silver. There are, however, some shiny objects that crows and the like might mistake for silver that are not silver. They, in fact, could be of a variety of materials including platinum, aluminum (aka aluminium), nickel, chromium, or mylar. :)
 

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So the distinction, then is between silver plate and solid silver then.. Golly...;)
 

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Hi all,

So now you have your answer Jazzsax86. It was an original "silver plated" selmer mkVI tenor neck. Not one you can buy, unless the horn comes with it or you know somebody who knows somebody. Did you want to know the actual serial number or something? Now that would be an extreme challenge to find out. Anybody?
 

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I sure wish I could buy a silver VI just b/c I liked the way its neck sounded on my SA80 I.
It's people like you that make others think that a silver neck sounds better.
If that quote was directed to my above comment, I sincerely apologize Dr G. I also stated:

I dig Mike's late 80's vibe with the stripped neck and Dukoff
Before you go getting mad, I would also like to add that if you listen to Mikes playing from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's....his voice is the same regardless of equipment. Isn't that the most important thing? To be able to establish a voice on your horn. One that can be recognized by the ear?

I know way off topic, sorry Jazzsax86.
 

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I'm just going to insert a sarcastic remark here. Take your pick. No offense to anyone and not directed to anyone. Just a little snideness to move things along.

Thank you.
 
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