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Selmer MK VII Opinions? (Compared to more modern saxophones)

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Hi all, I’m about to bite the bullet on a new tenor sax, and I’ve been able to find Mk VIIs in my budget.
I am shopping used, and for around the same price I’ve found cannonball vintage reborn tenors (I’ve had the
Chance to play them and I really like them)

The only issue is, while I love the sound of mk vi and mk vii tenors, I’ve never been able to play one,
And I don’t believe there are any I can try near me, I’d be buying them online via Reverb.

Opinions? I’ve heard the mk VII is criminally underrated and are often considered by those who own them to be fantastic horns.

P.s. The ergonomics won’t bother me (coming from a 1934 King H.H. white)
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Until someone weighs in with their experience with the sound of a MkVII, which may have no relationship to your experience--you are just going to have to play one, won't you? and since you mentioned budget, an obvious point is that if you buy a MkVII wisely, you can get almost all your money back selling it if you move on.
With a new Chinese horn, half your dough goes in the toilet on resale.
If new ergonomics and mechanism and reliability are important, fine. You said that won't bother you. Me, I'd still get a used Yanagisawa or Yamaha Custom if I were looking for affordable hi-quality modern instead of new Chinese.
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