Today I went to The String and Horn Shop in Bryan, TX to go pick up some reeds. Finding some reeds was "an experience" but I finally settled on some La Voz Mediums. I asked the owner if he had any Selmers in the back and he told me he had a couple, including a Mark VI. I told him I had never even seen a Mark VI much less played one. The closest I've come to seeing one was a guy playing a Mark VII at a competition (way back in the day). A minute later he comes out with a Mark VI alto and a Series III alto. Not only did he let me play the horns, he gave me a reed and let me use a C* S80 to try them out. I played the Mark VI for about 10 minute. It was the GREATEST 10 minutes of my life. This thing sang! It had no resistance, and had great tone. It was in need of repair, I'm sure it had a leak in the lower stack somewhere. However, this did not hinder it's amazing sound. I put it down and moved on to the Series III. I played it for less than a minute before I switched back to the Mark VI. The Series III felt heavy and had not-as-good ergonomics. It had a lot of resistance compared to the Mark VI. I played the Mark VI a little longer and put them away and returned them to the shop owner. He laughed and asked "Are you in love?", to which my prompt reply was "Oh yeah." I am definitely going to buy a Mark VI in the near future (after I sell my 83 911...). Anyone else do a side-by-side with a new Paris horn?