Re: setup for Mark VI Blues
You didn't specify alto or tenor, so I guess I'll address both. On alto, any good jazz piece will do as long as it gets a fat sound. Stay away from really high baffles and small chambers as they'll make your tone sound pinched. I like a tip opening of around 90, but play what's comfortable for you. For tenor, the closest I can come is a Balanced Action that I used to have. I used a Berg Larsen metal 110 - 2 SMS. Would have preferred an M facing, but it came with the horn and worked pretty well. More edge than the Link I currently use. Again, try for the fat sound. Now for the important stuff. While it's true, an old Conn will indeed melt your soul, I think that it's more up to you to do the work. Dig down deep and mean what you play and you'll be 90% there.