Selmer Mk6, the holy grail – the one and only – the saxophone that all other manufacturers have tried to reproduce. The one to buy to complete the ever difficult quest to being an accomplished player and have a romance that no other sax can create.
Approximately 185 thousand Mk6 saxophones were made in the 20 years reign between 1954 and 1974. In my opinion there were roughly 50 thousand altos and 50 thousand tenors and the last 85 thousand were all the rest of the range.
After all this praise not all of the Mk6s play well !
If your saxophone has escaped been dropped squashed or just abused by big hairy biker type players then there are still pitfalls and problems that can foul that dream and shatter your expectations after parting with huge amounts of money.
The following can explain this……….
These next few pictures show some of the keywork and the wear to the hinge tubes and pearls.
Below is the reconstructed key hinge tube bringing the sax into line with modern playing. Once this work has been done to the key-work it makes the sax feel like a new horn.
The following pictures show how the pearls and the pearl holders can wear leaving the sax feeling tired and difficult to play.
This kind of repair is very long lasting and will serve you well for many years to come
1952 Balanced Action Tenor
Balanced Action Tenor.
Fitting a top f sharp
Selmer Mk6 bell ring replacement
This repair is good for damaged bell rings and solder problems.
Selmer mk6 Soprano palm key conversion.
I think most players who have owned one of these will agree that the palm keys are pretty nasty.
Here I go again. I couldn’t resist the challenge to modify this horn when it landed on my bench.
New mods and conversions coming in the new year including a mk6 low A alto converted back to Bb.