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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 got a VII tenor brand new when I was in high school. It served me well for about thirty years. Then I tried some other horns. I play them now.
Some of the common complaints you'll find with VII tenors are a booming low end, a whiny top end and manufacturing defects like spacing in the bow/bell joint.
Thinking a bit more on this, VII's are modern saxophones. At least the first major brand with a standard high F#, for which everyone followed. I might have preferred a III tenor over my VII tenor, but that's about it for more modern horns. Every VI tenor I tried though, beat my VII tenor. As well as Conn, King, Buescher and Martin tenors of old. So for those with more modern preferences... and big hands... a VII tenor ain't the worst you can do.
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