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Hi All!
I’m a tenor player from Australia and I’ve been fortunate enough to be sent to NYC for a couple of months with work. Just wondering if anyone has any leads on buying a Mark 6 on NYC, either shops/websites/individual sellers.
Happy to travel around the states too.
Thanks in advanced!
 

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If you’re in NYC for a few months, check out some of the folks in Boston. Private sellers between Boston and Philadelphia, too!
 

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New York prices tend to be a bit higher than elsewhere in the States, but if you're "happy to travel around the states," you could do a lot worse than to get in touch with Tim Moran up the road in Hamden, CT. He currently has two good-looking Mk.VI tenors at reasonable prices. [email protected].

A bit further afield you have Saxquest in St. Louis, MO. They're honest, provide great service and don't overcharge. I bought my current Mk.VI tenor from them via the mail 5 years ago. It arrived in Australia in perfect condition and hasn't needed any attention since then ! I see they've currently got two Mk.VI tenors on their website, saxquest.com.

Then there's Brian Curry at Get-a-sax in N.Carolina - he currently has 9 Mk.VI tenors on his website, getasax.com.

But first of all, read this article: Fourteen sax shops you should visit before you die
It's 10 years old, but mostly still valid. Good luck.
 

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Bring money! Lots and lots and lots of money! And don't expect to be able to haggle, either.

Frankly I wouldn't buy ANY high cost item in New York City or environs (New Jersey, for example). Boston area MIGHT be a little better. But not much better.
 

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New York prices tend to be a bit higher than elsewhere in the States, but if you're "happy to travel around the states," you could do a lot worse than to get in touch with Tim Moran up the road in Hamden, CT. He currently has two good-looking Mk.VI tenors at reasonable prices. [email protected].

A bit further afield you have Saxquest in St. Louis, MO. They're honest, provide great service and don't overcharge. I bought my curent Mk.VI tenor from them via the mail 5 years ago. It arrived in Australia in perfect condition and hasn't needed any attention since then ! I see they've currently got two Mk.VI tenors on their website, saxquest.com.

Then there's Brian Curry at Get-a-sax in N.Carolina - he currently has 9 Mk.VI tenors on hias website, getasax.com.

But first of all, read this article: Fourteen sax shops you should visit before you die
It's 10 years old, but mostly still valid. Good luck.
Thanks for sharing that article, Mike. I'll share a +1 for TenorMadness and PMWoodwinds.
 

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A bit further afield you have Saxquest in St. Louis, MO. They're honest, provide great service and don't overcharge. I bought my curent Mk.VI tenor from them via the mail 5 years ago. It arrived in Australia in perfect condition and hasn't needed any attention since then ! I see they've currently got two Mk.VI tenors on their website, saxquest.com.

Then there's Brian Curry at Get-a-sax in N.Carolina - he currently has 9 Mk.VI tenors on hias website, getasax.com.
To the OP, be careful though. Unless you're flying, NYC to NC or to St. Louis are very long trips (i.e., Adelaide-to-Sydney long).
 

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Bring money! Lots and lots and lots of money! And don't expect to be able to haggle, either.

Frankly I wouldn't buy ANY high cost item in New York City or environs (New Jersey, for example). Boston area MIGHT be a little better. But not much better.
I would only disagree with the haggling comment - even nyc shops will take offers on horns, including horns on commission. Now, whether they would still be more expensive than anywhere else is another story...
 

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Is Manny's still there in NYC? I remember stumbling into that place in 1964 and seeing a world of Selmers in all of those glass-door cabinets going to the ceiling. The best thing about it was you never knew who you might be rubbing shoulders with in there.
 

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I'll second JL Woodwinds. I stopped by there when I was in Manhattan last month and they had quite a selection and were happy to chat horns. Nice guys and quite a fun place to be.
 

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Bring money! Lots and lots and lots of money! And don't expect to be able to haggle, either.

Frankly I wouldn't buy ANY high cost item in New York City or environs (New Jersey, for example). Boston area MIGHT be a little better. But not much better.
Yeah, pretty much any big city is going to cost more. Problem is, the small towns don't have the inventory.
 

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Bought my vi from John, sight unseen off of what John was telling me on the phone. Only thing I knew about the horn was I saw a video of him playing it.

I had three I wanted, the other two were more expensive if I remember. He said "forget those other horns. Trust me, this is the one you want"
I told him how much I'd like it for, he talked to the seller and I bought it. I told him I was worried about mailing it across the country and he constantly reassured me and made sure I was comfortable.
I asked him what case it was coming in, said it was a vintage and asked what was I looking for. Told him, he said he'll hook me up.

When I say he hooked me up on all accounts, I mean he hooked it up. Best playing horn I've ever experienced, other players say the same thing, he packaged it up like a tank and the case was probably new..it was super clean.

10000000000000000+ for jlwoodwins.
 

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Is Manny's still there in NYC? I remember stumbling into that place in 1964 and seeing a world of Selmers in all of those glass-door cabinets going to the ceiling. The best thing about it was you never knew who you might be rubbing shoulders with in there.
I remember Manny's from the 1970s. It was THE place for woodwinds in NYC. The last time I visited, about 10 years ago, I was surprised to see that they had no woodwind department at all--no horns, no reeds, nothing.

I enjoyed browsing in the horn room at Roberto's.
 

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Manny’s, Pontes and the other stores in NY always had a lot of Selmers. I used to go try some every once in a while and try horns. I remember trying some great horns but never found a Mark VI that played better than mine.
I remember trying some older Selmers when they used to be a lot cheaper than Mark VIs but most were pretty beat.
 

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1saxman and whaler are right, 48th street used to be the place back in the day. I remember when Sam Ash had a store on the street that was so small you needed a microscope to find it, the last time I was there, they owned the whole street.

Charles Ponte moved to 46th street and he lived on the top floor of the building, made his own wine up there. He used to look me in the eye and say "you young kids think you got something going for ya, smokin' that LSD, well, this is what you need!" Then he pulled a gallon jug with a cork stopper out from under the counter, full of his home brew wine.

He pulled out a sleeve of small paper cups, filled one and handed it to me. As soon as I drank it he filled it again and by the 3rd or 4th cup, the room was spinning around, he was right, it was powerful stuff. That was the day I gave up smoking that LSD.

But I agree with what was said above, if you are coming to NYC to but a mk6, bring money, lots and lots of money.
 
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