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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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Excellent points and if I kept my VII, a neck change may have made it a bit more comfortable to play. It's a bigger spread on the key work as well. It's more like a heavier Superba I in feeling, with a similar neck profile. Very sweet top end and a huge bottom end in reserve; it played in tune better than most Selmers I owned. It really only looks modern, IMO as it is very vintage overall.

Vintage Selmer Paris MK 7? Get it. Great bargain now. The main reason the MK VI players didn't like the 7 was the way it hung on your neck. With the taller/shorter neck piece, it brought the sax 'in' and changed all the angles, especially for standing players. There were some other gripes too, like not being able to 'bend' notes. To me, I would simply get a Series III neck for it which is just like a late VI. That fixes everything.
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