This is definitely a top 1% horn in many ways. It's a one owner saxophone. 99+% original lacquer remaining. No previous repairs or re-solders. Original neck with matching serial number. Original neck cork! Original felts, almost all original pads (a few changed) and all original resonators except 1 (high F). The only negatives (cosmetically) are some light scratching on the back of the tube, bow and bell. Most of it is around the neck strap ring. Some spotting on the neck and a .5mm ding on the side of the neck (not easily visible).
Playing wise, this horn actually plays well for old pads. Our standard is high and we'd recommend an overhaul for top playing performance though. The sound is medium dark with a solid core. Powerful with pop if needed. Tuning is exceptional. You won't find a better example of a VI alto out there, just ones that play differently. This is certainly an exceptional horn and the new owner will be very happy. Contact Simon for more information.