I played a '70s Mexican shooting star tenor for a few months around 1989 while my Selmer was in an overhaul in Elkhart - I bought it from my sound man of the time who had played a little sax in school. The thing was in perfect, beautiful condition. My mouthpiece at the time was a Brilhart Level Air 9*. I used to have a short tape of when I went to a 'jam' at a home recording studio and only a guitar player and myself showed up. So we did 'Moonlight in Vermont' and it wasn't too bad. As far as the horn, well, it wasn't a Selmer but I worked those months on it without a problem and nobody was ever offended by its less-than-perfect sound. When I got the MK VI back, I sold it for what I had in it, I think $375.
I think we forget sometimes that 'Its not the arrow, its the archer.' Or, its not the sax, its the player. If I ever find that cassette, I'll put it on.