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Hello,

The following ad just appeared yesterday on a local site:
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It is a Selmer Mark VI 1965 Tenor

I was dreaming of a 1964, but this one is close enough to my birth year.

The evaluation of the person indicates he's selling cars. The other ads show a lot of different items for sale. So it is not a reputed sax seller.

But how can I verify this is the real thing?
Any tips or advice?
The seller is located 1 hour driving away, so I would go over to see the sax.

Thanks,
Bart

p.s. If I would miss this deal it is not the end of the world.
 

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I sent the person a message.

But in the meantime, the ad disappeared, together with the profile of the person.

Must have been fraud...

Bart
 

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Or, somebody got a nice horn for $500.:joker:
 

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But how can I verify this is the real thing?
Any tips or advice?
The seller is located 1 hour driving away, so I would go over to see the sax.
Bart,

If you are intent on buying a Selmer Mk VI tenor, it is best to do your homework and save up your money BEFORE you consider buying a horn. There have been many threads here about identifying a Mk VI, as well as the other considerations that go into value (and price).

Given that you are new to the vintage Selmer game, I suggest you buy from a reputable dealer rather than gamble on a horn.

G’luck with your quest.
 

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Thanks everybody for the comments.

The asking price was 3650€, close to 4000$. So I will not be haunted :)

I know the basics to identify a Mark VI: ring as bell support, blue S in neck, no rolled tone holes, some valves have a distinct look.

In the ad, there was a picture of the serial number and part of the logo. My hope was some of the resident experts to look and comment. Next time, I think it is better to copy/paste the picture in here.

About going to a reputed seller: While I would be able to pay for it, I would never feel at ease taking such an expensive sax to a performance.

To put this in perspective: my player is a 1959 WeltKlang tenor, which I bought for 300€ 3 years ago. Everybody comments on the nice big sound so last year I gave it a full re-pad (some of the pads were still original, non-leather), cost was around 800€. Even my sax repairman comments on the nice sound every time he gets it in his hands.

My dream is a 1964 Selmer mark VI, silver-plated. The year nor the silver will change playability. But hey, it is my dream. My opinion: every person should have a dream

Regards,

Bart
 

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About going to a reputed seller: While I would be able to pay for it, I would never feel at ease taking such an expensive sax to a performance.

To put this in perspective: my player is a 1959 WeltKlang tenor...

My dream is a 1964 Selmer mark VI, silver-plated. The year nor the silver will change playability. But hey, it is my dream. My opinion: every person should have a dream...
Since the Weltklang is your main sax that you do take to performances, are you looking for a 1964 Selmer mark VI that is less expensive so that you'd feel comfortable taking it to a performance?

If you're ever going to have one, it makes sense getting a really nice one with no issues or questionability; that's what a reputable dealer is for.
 

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I got contacted by the seller.
I received a set of 12 pictures. The serial number is 129109 (see photo)

A search with the photos or serial number does not reveal anything suspicious.

However, the sax moved from a local city in Belgium (100km drive) to Bari, Italy (1700km)
This is a typical local scam scenario: an item is locally for sale for a price almost too good to be true, but/because the owner suddenly had to relocate. The distance is far enough to make the hand over impossible so it has to be sent by parcel service. Ofcourse, I will first need to pay...

I saw this scam already once before, beginning of this year, with a motorbike, which moved last moment to Denmark. Here I saw the logic of the remote sale: the seller wanted to avoid exporting the motorbike from Belgium and importing it into Denmark. It is a bit of paperwork which is too much trouble for some people.

A saxophone does not have any paper work or license plate. So why the remote selling?

Maybe the title of this thread should be changed to Scam attempt?

Regards,
Bart

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