I am thinking about selling my Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone (s/n: M57142). I purchased this instrument in 1980 through my music instructor who claimed it was being sold by the widow of a member of the Stan Kenton band. I played it in high school and college jazz and concert bands but have not played it much since. It plays well and has good pads. The only major defect that I can see, other that general wear, is the low C key guard has been re-soldered in place. I have attached photos for your review. What do you think I should ask for this instrument and what is the best way to go about selling it?
The good news is that you have a 1954 first year of production MKVI, which is the most coveted vintage of the series. The possible bad news is that it looks from the photos as if it might be a relacquer, which will impact the price fetched negatively.
Assuming it is not a relacquer, and has the original finish, the ballpark price for such an example is $6,500 to $7,500. You will take a hit on that price range if the finish is not original.
I'm not in the business of brokering horns. You will need to do the legwork finding a buyer for this highly desirable vintage pro horn. If you look at past posts here, I have listed online vendors of note who do consignments.
Thank you so much for your input and speedy reply.
You are quite welcome.
Looks like a re-lacquer to me. Re-lacquering need not have any effect on the tone or intonation of the horn if done well. But it's true that re-lacquering diminishes any horn's market value. An unfortunate fact. Still, I see no reason you shouldn't get $5000+ if it's a good player.