Re: Selmer Alto
"The 'best' sounding horn ever made" is debatable... definitely 'one' of the best, yes. I would give it a shot. It sounds to me like you have a good horn in hiding just waiting to sing again.
Sorry. I'm not much an expert on vintage Selmers, but from what I understand, the earlier five-digit Mark VI's are the most sought after. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong... thnx) I've seen them for sale with a price tag ranging anywhere from $3500 up to about $7k+.
I know there are other people on this ring who could give you a better answer, so if anyone can, please do.
BTW- if you can get a couple photos linked up I'm sure that'll help out as well.