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I am selling my P Mauriet which was a great gig horn for a year and has been a backup to my Mk 6 now for 6 months. But I will need a back up horn. (I've learned my lesson on that score a few times). Whats a reasonable Selmer for a back up. I don't like the mK 7s. Maybe a Series I? (In the 1500 to 2K range) K
 

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If it's a backup, why does it need to be a Selmer?

Each of the various series have their strengths and idiosyncracies. What isn't working for you with the PM (not that I've even played a PM)?

The King-Marigaux is a good French-sounding horn at a considerable savings over a Selmer. Other Selmer-sounding tenors (because they are Selmers) that cost less than what you've cited are the Radio Improved and Supers.
 

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Dr, even though I complained about getting used to the selmer ergos in another thread, I want my backup horn to "feel " like my main horn. This P is a good tenor but my 6 had an unexpected problem right before a gig a few months ago and my wife rushed the P to me at the gig. It took a good set to get used to the difference in the Ps response and feel vrs my 6. So, I'm hoping to pick up a back up and just play without the learning curve. I was thinking a Series 1 or something like it but I'll consider your suggestions. BTW, did you sell your Ref 36? K (PS, the P has one and half times the body of tone that my 6 has and is a "fast" horn but I'm locked into the selmer core to the tone. I did get good results a couple of years ago from a Couf superba II but the palm keys were way flat to the overall intonaton on the horn and I got tired of having to adjust all the time. My Mk 6 is very well in tune compared to other 6s I've owned. ) K
 

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how about a dolnet?
 

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I have a Mark VI tenor and I recently tried a Series III Selmer that I feel I would have no problem adjusting to in short order. I am not saying it is exactly like a VI but it has a similar feel and resistence.

Check out Charles Lloyd playing a modern Selmer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=97kfABYYHeE There is definetly a Selmer vibe evident.
 

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Charles sounds great. I wish I could move the horn the way he does. My back wont allow that. I have never looked at a Signet. I'll check that out. I think a Series III is out of my range. K
 

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Back in high school, I played a Selmer Signet tenor, it had modern keywork, bell keys on the right etc. It reminded me of a lower quality mk.6 that played like a VI, to this day I wish I could get one of these horns.
 

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Selmer TS100. A US made horn but probably their best product. They run around $1,000 and feel like a VI for the most part.
 

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selmer omega . i havnt played the tenor but ths alto was the best non mk6 copy of a mk6 i ever played. me i would just get a yani 880 (didnt you have one ?)
 

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My friend has a Series I. To me it plays a lot like my Ref 54 LE, and I play that and my VI interchangeably with no compatibility issues. (Except that I'm paranoid about protecting the pristine ref from my belt buckle. :) ) Series I is a good choice if you can find a nice one in your price range. Recent ebay sales put used Series II tenors in the $2K range, so you might look at them, too.
 

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Yeah, I had an 880. Nice dark tone but way quiet. It actually was kind of 6 ish. K
I also would have suggested an used T901. Very MVI-like in sound and response too. Not exactly a MVI, of course, but close and ideal backup, IMHO.
I picked one here for 1200$ and I am extemely pleased with it. I also don't find it quiet at all.
In my opinion it mixes well the good qualities of Selmer (sound) and Yamaha (free blowing, easy playing) together.
 

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Why not just get a Conn or Martin Indiana for a few hundred and have a horn that is different from the VI. Variety is nice.
 

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Try playing in tune and intracate parts on a student horn you don't know for 4 hours. You can't make too many mistakes until you find youself looking for a new band. I've owned Indianas, clevelands, and handcrafts. Interesting horns but you'd never take a turtle to a horserace. ( unless you were really stuck) K
 
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