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nemonty / NE MONTY 1mo+5dy ago
In 1969 the US military gave me my first Selmer MK VI tenor saxophone to play, it was a work horse of an instrument, traveling in harsh war torn Environments. I would continue to use this instrument for another 50 years, the earliest models were said to have been made from WWII brass shells from about 1954 to the early 1960's. The earliest model I owned was a 1962 model and it had a completely different sound than the later model, i.e. 1967 and 1970 models.


     

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PolarBear   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Interesting story, man. The mysteries of materials, and their tonal properties. Here's a guess .. do metals get denser when re-melted, a few times? For whatever reason, .. jet turbine blades are supposed to be made from virgin metals. Similar story, .. in the wood, Sitka spruce, and all the stringed instruments tops/soundboards that have this kind of wood. And then there's electric guitar body woods, .. another pretty vast topic.

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nemonty   commented 1mo+4dy ago


The reheating or annealing of brass bell tubes is said to be the only difference between Yamaha's YTS62 pro model and the YTS34ii marketed to the colleges and schools. In early Selmer MK VI models made from shell casing would naturally have been annealed during the brass stock process. It may have something to do the the tonal quality since those earlier models can be quite different in tonality.

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MDK   commented 1mo+4dy ago


I played a few Mark VI horns in the military. Had a lacquered tenor and a silver plated tenor, both 1970's. Both good horns, but I liked the sound of the lacquered one. Then I tried SA80 series I and II, and seemed to prefer the sound and action in those better than the Mark VI. I have my own Mark VI low-A baritone (1969), and love it dearly, but can't help wondering how a vintage Conn or Martin bari might sound.

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nemonty   commented 1mo+4dy ago


Yeah, the ergonomics of the MK VI certainly is not as comfortable as the SA80 models. I would usually add risers on the side Bb and high D palm keys to compensate. The Military was good about buying quality instruments, that's where my first exposure to the MK VI was also.

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DocDaFunk   commented 1mo+4dy ago


Something u can deny , music is a serious matter in the USA , u can learn it at school , at church , even in the army some'' bad mouths'' would say it's about that soft power thingy Still in France we have music classes 1 hour per week for 4 years , they give u a recorder and a teacher without a single clue on how to get students interested , freakin' torture Like the good PB , let me open the subject and entertain the ''suspense'' Sweden did a real camoaign for music that's why we had worldwide success swedish bands such as ABBA or A-HA (those guys love A's)

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nemonty   commented 1mo+4dy ago


My first instrument was a half size guitar at the age of 8 and then I saw the Jimmy Dorsey band play live, all those saxophones! It was a power house big band. A few years later the school band director was recruiting new players and there it was setting in the case, a bright shiney gold sax with all those mother of pearl keys.............and the rest, as they say is history :)

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PolarBear   commented 1mo+4dy ago


Sax players .. thank you for what you do.