The Best Saxophone in the World? Selmer Mark VI – Better Sax

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What’s the best saxophone in the world? In this video I try out a bunch of Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophones in Copenhagen, Denmark where I used to live and work repairing horns.

Maybe it’s the pink lacquered Selmer Mark VI that used to be Dexter Gordon’s back in 1969? It only spent 1 hour in the shop before it was sold…

Dexter Gordon’s 1969 Pink Selmer Mark VI

I sat down and talked with my good friend and legendary saxophonist, Bob Rockwell, about our favorite topic – saxophones at our favorite saxophone shop IK Gottfried in Copenhagen Denmark. He’s had a lot of experience with Selmer Mark VI saxophones and shares his thoughts in the video.

The Selmer Mark VI

Check out the video around 6:06 to hear a few different Selmer Mark VI play tests.

Want to hear what I think IS the BEST saxophone in the world? Check out “The BEST Saxophone in the World… For Me.”

Have you played on a Selmer Mark VI? So you think it’s really is the best saxophone in the world? Let me know in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Saxophone in the World? Selmer Mark VI”

  1. I saw this video some time ago, and now revisiting it. First, how much did that gentleman pay for Dexter Gordon’s pink saxophone (LOL)? Second, you say the magic is in the neck. How does one identify if their MVI has a good neck? I play a 1973 MVI Tenor, I’m the 3rd owner, the first 2 were hobbyists. The horn was a “closet queen” and was not played for over 20 years, so by the time I got it, it was practically brand new. But yes, it’s taken an overhaul and a few more trips to the repair shop to keep it going since I play it a lot. To me, it’s a great horn. BUT, i also have a 1935 B/A one of the first B/As. in many respects it outplays the MVI. How is the B/A better? The action is faster, the LH pinky keys are easier to get to, it has a bigger bottom end and it projects better than the MVI. I’ve not tried modern horns but you’ve got me curios. It’s a great video and was with rewatching. Thanks Jay.

    1. I don’t remember how much he paid for that pink Mark VI but they probably had the price too low since it sold in the first hour! I didn’t even get a chance to try it. When you have the chance compare your Mark VI neck to others to see how it affects the horn.

  2. And talking of necks .. I recently acquired a lovely 1920 Martin Handcraft tenor. But not with its original neck. Instead it has a King tenor neck of more or less exactly the same vintage (I can tell because it has a serial number on it). I’m very happy with the setup. But at the back of my mind is a yearning for total saxophone purity, and I’ve been sniffing around for the missing limb. First question: anyone got a 1920 Martin Handcraft neck knocking around the place? Question two: any thoughts on mongrel, pimped horns of this sort? (And question three: is this type of thinking even allowed in the presence of the most hallowed, the one true horn, the mighty Mark VI?)

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