I was wondering what type of tone quality mark VI's typically have; are they dark or bright?, smooth or edgy?, etc. I mainly play classical music, and would like to know if they are well suited for that.
The French ones were assembled in France, and the American ones were assembled in the States, but they didn't have a different sound, did they? How would that have worked out, they used the same tubes and keys etc, they had different engraving, but wouldn't have sounded robust or delicate, I think this is a myth.According to assessments that I've read from knowledeable dealers, Mark VI's are darker than Series III's, but not as dark as the Reference horns.
As far as use for classical, I got my degree in Saxophone with a Mark VI. Back then ('60's) nobody considered anything else very seriously.
Conventional wisdom back then was that the French assembled Selmers were set up quite differently than the American ones; the French ones having a more delicate sound, the American ones more robust. Whether or not that is true, I would think that the old horns have been maintained now to the point where there's not any real difference.
In my experience this is generally true. However, it's easy to confuse 'bright' with 'focused', and MKVI's are certainly more focused than the modern Selmers, the Ref 54 tenor being a possible exception.According to assessments that I've read from knowledgeable dealers, Mark VI's are darker than Series III's, but not as dark as the Reference horns.