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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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I’m one of those MkVII owners: fantastic horn. Mine just went through a full overhaul after 13 years. Pads, springs, everything. It is a big horn, a power horn. It invites to blow. Speaking of Kings, it has a bit of that raw grit some Super 20s have. I get positive feedback in most situations I play it. “Oh, a MkVII, really ?” Actually most people don’t care. I play it with a Ref54 neck, it gives it an additional vibe.
As mentioned above, they are massively underhyped, so you get a lot of horn for the money.
Here in continental Europe, Cannonball wouldn’t be an option, we don’t see them. With your budget, I’d scan the market for a Yamaha (used 62 ?) or a Yanagisawa. They pop-up regularly on classified ads.
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