Selmer Mark VI Tenor Saxophone Varitone #135,XXX

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OWN A PIECE OF SELMER HISTORY!!!

A brief history of the Selmer VARITONE -

In 1965, H & A Selmer, Inc. began to develop one of the most radical concepts in woodwinds to date: an ‘electric’ saxophone. The company called on Electro-Voice (EV), a prominent microphone company, to provide the electronic components of the product. Initially, the product was designed to be a built-in amplifier for the saxophone; the idea behind this was to eliminate a problem that was becoming more prominent as the rhythm sections got louder and jazz bands started playing bigger venues and using microphones: acoustic feedback. What they ended up with had far more applications than a simple mic. After research and brainstorming, Selmer asked for input from players; the resulting product was a radical shift in the tonal capabilities of the saxophone. With this unit installed, a musician could hook his saxophone directly into a pedal board, giving him the same flexibility as a guitar player. He therefore had complete control over their output volume and tone quality, and was able to add echo, tremolo and a concurrent sub-octave synthesized tone.

The 1965 Varitone tenor is one of the best-playing horns in the Mark VI Room, featuring one of Roberto’s strongest overhauls. The low register is powerful, fat, and wily; it has the core and presence found in Joe Henderson’s low end. The middle register is gruff and masculine; the highs register and altissimo are singing and sweet. Rumor has it that Selmer picked the best Mark VI’s off the assembly line for the Varitone, and this horn would be a fine example.

The pick-up and wiring from the Varitone is still on the horn, although it is no longer functional. The little extra metal from the appliance could be responsible for the desirable sound characteristics this horn has. It has preserved well over its 50-year life; it has 85-90% original lacquer remaining, the “American-assembled” engraving is clear and beautiful, the bell is in perfect round, and the neck (pickup aside) is in perfect condition. This is one of the best all-around horns in the Mark VI Room!

$ 14,400.00 $ 16,000.00

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