- Near Lutterworth, Leics.
I've seen standard Mark VI's go for near that money especially if they are in the right condition but generally its about £1500 to £2000 over normal prices,although sax players didn't take to them it as a bigger appeal for a collector due to its rarity.Thanks for the info. Charlie was saying he wouldn't part with it for less than £5,500. That's double what a normal one would cost.
Is that due to it being a collector's item or might it actually be worth less than normal as it's undesirable for not being the norm?
Paul Cohen (Prof. of Sax at Manhatten School of Music) in Saxophone Journal magazine wrote a couple of articles about the low A Selmer (Paris) Mark VI alto about 15 years ago.
If I recall in the article there was probably about 20 to 50 horns ever made with various ranges - low A (A1) to high F (F3) and low A (A1) to high F# (F#3). Apparently Selmer never kept a precise record.
Andrew Clark who use to write the Rock 'n' Roll article In Sax Journal had a low A alto and when he took it to his teacher at Berklee - Joe Viola, no less - Mr. Viola suggested with a low A alto you would be working with different harmonics when playing the altissimo range. I don't recall Selmer ever making a low A Mark VI tenor...but who knows?
Didn't Pete Thomas have one years ago?