Selmer MKVII Alto Sax – 3rd Octave Key

Every now and then we get some nice ‘oddities’ in the workshop for customer repair or indeed second hand sale. This early Selmer MKVII features the 3rd octave key that is a rare option on some Selmer Saxophones. Take a look at the set-up below, it features an added vent hole and key on the neck, with the additional thumb lever near the left hand thumb rest.

Selmer MKVII Alto with 3rd Octave Key Vent

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“I didn’t buy an instrument for the sake of the music…I wanted the instrument for what it represented. By watching musicians I saw that they drank, they smoked, they got all the broads and they didn’t get up early in the morning.  That attracted me.  My next move was to see who got the most attention, so it was between the tenor saxophonist and the drummer.  The drums looked like too much work, so I said I’ll get one of those tenor saxophones.  That’s the truth.”