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A992 - Wise to buy before I try??

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Hi there,

I'm looking to upgrade my student sax and have been on the lookout for a used Yanagisawa A992. I'm on a pretty tight budget and have seen one which would require an overseas journey.

The sax I've seen was manufactured in 1998 and was seldom played. It looks in great condition, judging from the photos and it would cost me about 25% less than a new one, which I can get locally and which would also include a professional setup and free 2 year service. My question is this. Would this used saxophone need to be set up again? If so, is this a big deal and would it be expensive? Is it wise to buy before I try? To try I will of course have to incur the cost of an overseas journey which will bump up the price even more.

What to do??

Any advice appreciated.
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Wow, my potential seller is looking for around $3300 for this saxophone! In the UK though. Would have to pay duty if importing from USA. No sure of how much but I suspect a lot!!
Soybean, It is a private sale so I doubt the seller would let me have a 7-day trial period. The seller claims that the saxophone was very seldom played and the photos seem to reflect that. it looks immaculate from the photos I've seen. The set up would've been done when the seller bought it themselves, from what I can make out, about 12 years ago (according to the serial number that is).
Thanks to all for the advice. I've decided to travel and check out the horn to see how it plays. Really hope it meets my expectations. Anything I should look out for when appraising the sax?
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