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I think the tittle says it all...

I have one but I am also wanting to provide for the future in the hope that my kid takes interest. If not...welll then I'll have two to choose from before I pass one on.
I bought the one I have pre internet days and as it turns out she blows fine but my point is, at the time, I couldn't afford to turn it down due to availability in the UK at the time and didn't give it any real appraisal first.
I have been tempted by EBAY for low(ish) starting prices, but some people are still looking for dealer prices from what I can make out.
Anyways ...I'm put off for the same reason.... I really want to hear it first.

So ...only one thing for it!
I gotta get on a plane, land in a city and play 5, 10 ...dreaming now...20!

Where do I go folks? (its a tenor I'm after)
USA certainly looks promising,
PM Woodwinds?
USA Horn?
Wichita?
Or somewhere else?
Desaxphonewinkel?
I have no reason not to trust these big guys so its about quantity of quality VI's.....All opinions appreciated.
Many thanks.
 

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Have you seen this?

Also, you might try Amsterdam Winds. Friso is a good guy and he is relatively close by.
 

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Get on that plane and get yourself to New York.

Back in September I wanted to try out some Mark VI altos from early to late, to better understand the breed. I went to Roberto's, picked out 5 or 6 VIs, one a 5-digit of around the vintage of my own VI short bow, a couple of later 5-digits with a medium bow, one in the 140xxx ranger because I'd heard they were supposed to be groovy, and a couple of very late ones, because I was curious.

This did not exhaust their collection of VI altos, but I didn't have all day!

I learned a lot. And at the time, I thought to myself, "Is there any other place on Planet Earth where I could do this?" It wasn't a rhetorical question -- seriously, this was one store on 46th Street in Manhattan, while a couple of blocks away was Sam Ash with their own stash of VIs, and probably more places around that I'm not thinking of or not aware of.

At the time, it felt like I was in the center of the Mark VIs for Sale universe.... (Er, but, be prepared to spend a pretty good chunk of change; none of the horns I looked at were priced as "bargains"...)
 

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Kelly Bucheger said:
Get on that plane and get yourself to New York.

Back in September I wanted to try out some Mark VI altos from early to late, to better understand the breed. I went to Roberto's, picked out 5 or 6 VIs, one a 5-digit of around the vintage of my own VI short bow, a couple of later 5-digits with a medium bow, one in the 140xxx ranger because I'd heard they were supposed to be groovy, and a couple of very late ones, because I was curious.

This did not exhaust their collection of VI altos, but I didn't have all day!

I learned a lot. And at the time, I thought to myself, "Is there any other place on Planet Earth where I could do this?" It wasn't a rhetorical question -- seriously, this was one store on 46th Street in Manhattan, while a couple of blocks away was Sam Ash with their own stash of VIs, and probably more places around that I'm not thinking of or not aware of.

At the time, it felt like I was in the center of the Mark VIs for Sale universe.... (Er, but, be prepared to spend a pretty good chunk of change; none of the horns I looked at were priced as "bargains"...)
Ditto what Kelly said. I remember making the pilgrimage when I was in NY. Holy Cow! More horns in one store than there are in my whole country!
I had a blast. The service was typical NY, which if you come from a friendly place like Australia, was a bit off-putting at first, but once they realised I was an Aussie and that Mel Gibson and Russel Crowe were good mates of mine, :D ;) the service was fine.
There was also the worlds biggest record store, (Tower Records?) a few blocks away. Huge place! They oughta rent golf carts and tour guides at the place. Even a real Jazz section!
Don't forget to go all the cool 2nd hand record stores. I picked up some great bargains, and rare stuff that I just plain couldn't have found here in OZ, or ordered online.
 

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saxlicker, I have a monster VI for sale in the horns for sale thread. Take a look.
Thanks!
 

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I live near NYC, and visit Roberto's at least a few times a month, but if I could get out to Cedar Falls, Iowa to try out tenors at Tenor Madness, I would. I'm willing to bet they have an even larger selection of Mark VI's than Roberto's, and Randy and his co-horts at Tenor Madness have established a reputation as perhaps the best in the set-up business. Plus, you'd get to see lots and lots of corn. Aren't you just a little curious about the heartland of the U.S. of A?
(P.S. - Tower Records in NY has closed, unfortunately, a victim of iTunes and the rest).
 

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pc1234 said:
I live near NYC, and visit Roberto's at least a few times a month, but if I could get out to Cedar Falls, Iowa to try out tenors at Tenor Madness, I would. I'm willing to bet they have an even larger selection of Mark VI's than Roberto's, and Randy and his co-horts at Tenor Madness have established a reputation as perhaps the best in the set-up business. Plus, you'd get to see lots and lots of corn. Aren't you just a little curious about the heartland of the U.S. of A?
(P.S. - Tower Records in NY has closed, unfortunately, a victim of iTunes and the rest).
I'll be in Cf next week! Dropping of a friends MK VI for some work.
 

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Definitely New York Or ebay -I know the manager Of the Sam Ash on 48th Street ( Or 46th don't remember :D ) very well and they get new mark vi's every week( I bought A 5 digit silver Vi For $3,800 A while ago from here) , Also roberto's Is good but the mark Vi's are all above $4,800 and sometimes are not that good ,but they give good service ,also check out Rod Baltimore's shop across from the Sam Ash

but if you can't do ebay pm woodwinds in Chicago is good too .

Hope This Helps !
 

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Whats with the capitalization on every word jmm1713 ???

Very unusual. Must be a pain doing that.
 

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In Southern California, there's always Horn Improvement (I'd PM hornimprovement here to check their availability of Mark VIs), or Horn Connection and Oleg's in Studio City.
 

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With all due respect for our American Friends who suggested to go from England to The States to buy a Mark VI (selmers Mark VI are not going to be exactly cheap (er) there in this day and age of global communication, are they?) is someway an overkill, the cost of traveling to and staying in NYC even for a short visit is more than any possible discount even taking the exchange rate into account. So you better shop locally or trust a SOTW member to sell you a good horn for a decent amount of cash.
On top of everything, why don't you start looking for a local horn in the classified ads of a reputable magazine or internet site. You don't seem to need one right now and with a little patience and a swift action you can find a undiscovered and underpriced jewel anywhere.
 

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Thanks for all your replies! Helpful input everybody.

Brasscane / Randell..Thanks, I'm looking but its outside my whole remit. Sure ultimately the best horn I can grab is the most important factor...but I may wanna take that trip and play horns back to back still as part of my whole 'once in a lifetime' experience.(i'll consider though)

Dog Pants...Hmm, that New York service huh? I'm friends with the queen (think that'll scare 'em? eh ;) ) anyways you gotta love 'em or rule it out, so I love 'em.

DavidK...not usually anywhere near the level of choice...or I've been unlucky on many a weekend phonecall, but I see you managed 8!

Milandro,
Same thing...been looking a while in all classifieds, plenty of horns hiding behind the MKVI legend that I wouldn't touch.
I have waited for the underpriced Jewel but I guess I'm not that lucky. Not much play testing on offer either, especially back to back.
I don't have oodles of cash but its not about bargains for me either. Just as square deal as possible in MKVI terms. Besides, pound to the Dollar is as gooder (is that a word?)our friend right now as I have ever seen it ...give or take a couple of cents. I have to couple that with the anticipated experience.
Thanks again..and I'm still listening if anyone else wants to post.
 

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Saxlicker, are you wanting to take a trip to the states as a vacation with the bonus of trying out some saxes? Or would it be a special trip ONLY to try out saxes. If the latter, it seems like you'd be paying a premium since the price of the trip, lodging, food, etc will add significantly to the price of the horn.

I know that Gayle at www.vintagesax.com allows a trial period and if you don't like the horn you can send it back for a refund (minus shipping, of course). She has a couple of MKVIs for sale. Also saxquest has some nice ones. I don't know if they have a return policy, but I think they do. Anyhow, that's another way to go......hope you find a good one!
 

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I agree with Carl H. Randy Jones of Tenor Madness specializes in Mark VI Tenors. It would be a great place to find one you like. Very helpful and as a fellow Iowan I think we are lucky to have a Mark VI specialist right in our own state. He has a website that has pics of most all his horns.
 

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JL said:
Saxlicker, are you wanting to take a trip to the states as a vacation with the bonus of trying out some saxes? Or would it be a special trip ONLY to try out saxes. If the latter, it seems like you'd be paying a premium since the price of the trip, lodging, food, etc will add significantly to the price of the horn.

I know that Gayle at www.vintagesax.com allows a trial period and if you don't like the horn you can send it back for a refund (minus shipping, of course). She has a couple of MKVIs for sale. Also saxquest has some nice ones. I don't know if they have a return policy, but I think they do. Anyhow, that's another way to go......hope you find a good one!
The latter..but but but,
I have a really impulsive streak sometimes. My personality gets all split (where are the therapists?)
So parts are planned and parts are completely improvised.
I haven't done too much math regarding the cost of the trip...I just fancy hopping on a cheap stand by flight, getting the cheapest safe accomodation I can and enjoying the experience of such a fleeting visit. Whch I would! provided I don't get mugged or anything :D

I have e-mailed Gayle but an auto response said she??:? was out of town and would return my message on her return. Nothing so far.
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Saxlicker,

Have you factored in the extra cost of tax and duty if you buy in the States but import into UK/Europe ? I know that sometimes prices look tempting, especially with a strong pound, but try adding the VAT and duty (total of something like 23% I think) and your bargain won't look so unmissable.

If you buy from the EU (I think Bradford is in the EU as well as Amsterdam), then there shouldn't be any VAT/duty to pay.

Alternatively you could invent a time machine and go back to the late 1970s when I bought my MkVI tenor for £450 from a pro who had just upgraded to a MkVII. As I left, I heard him wondering whether he had done the right thing, but I just kept on walking.

Good luck

Rhys
 

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well, if you want a holiday in the States say so! :D the money spent for the holiday will be spent for fun doesn't count as part of the Mark VI price or does it?! Good Luck and have fun!

If you take in in the UK one second hand saxophone with you as hand luggage in a used case you can reasonably say it was with you in the first place when you went there and you went for a gig abroad...........
 
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