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Hey forum friends!
I am playing in a band with someone who is bragging about their Mark VI that they are playing. Interesting thing is that I've done a lot of studying up on saxophone makes and models, and her sax doesn't really seem like an authentic Mark VI. Reason being is that as far as I knew, no Mark VI ever came with a bright silver finish (if you go to http://www.cannonballmusic.com/finishfinder.php and look at the "polished silver plating" that is what it looks like). It definetely has the selmer logo though. As far as I knew, they only made them with the brushed silver look like old Conns and such. Am I wrong to think this, or am I right in thinking this person is just talking out their ****?
Also, they call it a Selmer six. Is there another model out there that is a "six" and not a Mark VI?
THanks for your help everyone!
 

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It is probably a Mark 6. It could be replate, or original. Selmer even made them in different colors; I know because I know someone who owns a white one.
 

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Define 'Bright Silver Finish'... The link you provided for the Cannonball finishes look like normal silver to me, which Mark VI's absolutely came in. I've owned one in the past. Nice bright silver plate; very nice looking.

Selmer did make some brushed silver horns, but they are far more rare. Bright silver was the standard for plating...

In the long run, who cares? It's not about the horn; its about who is behind it.

Steve P
 

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When I bought mine in 1964 in France, silver was the standard finish. Mine is gold lacquer with silver keys. Also the Euro horns don't have Mark VI on them and many do not have the engraving on the bell. I have never seen a satin finish or gold plated (factory) VI but I know they exist. In the US almost all were gold lacquer and a few silver plated. Whatever the finish, buy by condition and price.
 

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Thank you

Well, it looks like I definetely stand corrected and informed. I was always under the impression that a laquered silver was more rare or even non-existent in Mark VIs, but obviously I was mis-informed. I thank everyone for their help on this. I do agree that it isn't the horn, but the player who makes it, and unfortunately, in my opinion, this person could do more with playing and practice time than bragging about their horn(s).
 

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It's not "lacquered silver", it is silver plate. There is also no lacquer over the plating (as Yanagisawa and others do).
 
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