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The British/Canadian Mark VIs often have a symmetrical medallion engraved on the front of the bell, and a design reminiscent of the chambered nautilus along the sides of the bell.
American-assembled Mark VIs have floral or scroll engraving, with only the earliest models extending to the bow. Switching over from its predecessor, officially named the Super Action but commonly called the Super Balanced Action, Selmer's earliest Mark VI models were transitional, incorporating design elements from the preceding model.
The style of engraving on the bell of the instrument is an indicator of the place of assembly.
The French-assembled Mark VI engraving is usually of a butterfly and floral motif, and the engraving typically extends to the bow.
Reported early Mark VII examples have Mark VII keywork on Mark VI type body tubes.
The Mark VI Soprano, Baritone, and Bass models were produced from 1954-1981.
There are reports of a limited number of baritone saxophones labeled as Mark VIIs, but these horns were of the same design as the Mark VI.At least three changes to neck design were made on the tenor during the 1950s and 1960s, and once again in the 1970s.Some contend that the neck design changes account for the different tonal and playing qualities between earlier and later Mark VIs.Some French-assembled Mark VIs lack any engraving other than the brand stamp.Nickel or silver-plated keys with a lacquer-finish body were offered among the French-assembled horns.