The person I had look at it didn't act like there was anything wrong and said it played "surprisingly well". My husband said he doesn't think it was relacquered because his father hadn't done that with anything else.Looks like an alto truetone, yes. Take a look here:
However it's a little strange. The lyre holder has been moved to the side of the bell and the keyguards are missing, looks as if it's been professionally done. These usually serve two purposes:
- key protection/stop clothes etc. interfering with the movement of the keys.
- limit the opening of the keys. It looks as if some brackets have been added to do this instead of the guards.
Difficult to tell, but there might be some neck damage as well.
Looks as if it's been relacquered, probably when the keyguard mod was done.
My husband measured it and said 17.5in, He said it's a curved something but we don't know anything else.How big is this horn?
It looks to me like a curved soprano?
The neck of the horn looks too short for an alto crook...
Take a look at this...
My father in law took really good care of all his instruments.. We inherited quite the collection.. Including a selmer mark vi.. and other nice instruments.I think it's a Buescher made curved Bb soprano(c 1922) from low Bb to high E. A soprano in four soldered pieces (neck, body, bow, bell). And I don't think there should be any keygaurds on these. To me it looks like the original laquer. I also think it has soldered toneholes. Nice saxes. I don't think Buescher made any curved C-sopranos?
Mk VIs are horrible instruments: you should sell it cheap, in some remote island, like UK.My father in law took really good care of all his instruments.. We inherited quite the collection.. Including a selmer mark vi.. and other nice instruments.