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I have found that some members have changed the Mark VII tenor original neck , and are using Series III necks, REF 54 necks or chinese Necks Estern music 1UI1TGZDLOTEastern music power neck SBA type unlacquer German copper tenor saxophone neck )...

May you please, tell me which one are you using an what changes did you notice in your sound ?

I made some test with my Selmer mark VII changing its neck with a Yamaha neck and the sound was more clear and with less resistance.. ( i needed to disassemble the octave mechanism on the Yamaha to allow to neck be adapted on the seller, only for the test...)

I am not Happy with the sound I am getting in my Mark VII, after tried many different mouthpieces and reeds I do net get a sound that I like and I found that the problem is in the neck, after the test I made changing the neck with the yamaha neck.

I appreciate your recommendations
 

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I would use a series III neck mainly because of material/finish choices, availability and price. The III neck is exactly like the late MK VI neck. At this time I am using III necks on my MK VI and Selmer USA tenors - Sterling silver and 'gold lacquer'. They are interchangeable so I swap them every so often just to appreciate the differences. Both play fine but the Sterling one is exceptional on both horns. The main difference in a MK 7 neck and a MK VI/Series III is the shape of the neck - the MK 7 has a longer straight section coming out of the body which throws the big arch higher, making the overall length shorter. The Series II is the same, but for the series III they returned to the 1967 neck.
 

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If you like the higher arch of the Vii neck, consider a Ponzol. It tied for second place in my personal shoot-out with 4 necks I had on hand for my 105 tenor. The best was a Varitone version in the 140k range.

But like mouthpieces, each one is unique.
 

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I would use a series III neck mainly because of material/finish choices, availability and price. The III neck is exactly like the late MK VI neck. At this time I am using III necks on my MK VI and Selmer USA tenors - Sterling silver and 'gold lacquer'. They are interchangeable so I swap them every so often just to appreciate the differences. Both play fine but the Sterling one is exceptional on both horns. The main difference in a MK 7 neck and a MK VI/Series III is the shape of the neck - the MK 7 has a longer straight section coming out of the body which throws the big arch higher, making the overall length shorter. The Series II is the same, but for the series III they returned to the 1967 neck.
The only thing I'll add is that you may have to have the neck's tenon, or horn's receiver adjusted to get the most out of the combination. I've used the same III neck for about 15 years on my SA80, and have tried it with various VI's, VII's, modern Paris offerings, and several examples of the Selmer USA LaVoix II. While the neck should work well with anything from the latter VI line to present offerings, or anything else based upon the Selmer design, there are occasional outliers. These examples are fairly obvious as the horn will not play well at all, usually sounding stuffy and having unwanted octave jumps. This occurrence is relatively uncommon, and is easily repairable by a tech with the right tools.
 

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I contacted the Seller and he recommends me the Eastern Music SBA type gold lacquered German Copper Tenor saxophone neck.
Any of you are using this neck on your Selmer MarkVIi ?
What improvements did you find using it ?
Many thanks in advance
 

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I have just today ordered the SBA type Gold lacquered German Copper Neck... as soon as I receive it , and played with it, I will post my impressions and a sound clip...
 

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Hi All :
Many recommend as a good replacement for the original neck on a Selmer sax, to use a Series III neck, and others say they have got good results using the Eastern Music SBA type Gold lacquered German Copper neck...
May, any of you , tell me what are the differences between Series III neck , and a SBA neck ?
Many thanks in advance
 
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