OK so I could've gotten a better sax if I had spent nearly twice as much - yeah, I would have expected that. That, however, wasn't the question. Let me rephrase: How did I do for $1250? I certainly had to spend some money on it, but what you're asking is nearly double. I'd expect nearly double the horn for that, no? As far as I can tell thus far, all of the pads seal perfectly, it's easy to play.If you don't have to spend any money on it, I guess its an ok deal. The aim here was to produce an Asian MK VI. The lacquered one really looks the part and of course its the same as yours except for the finish. Looking at USA Horn, the new prices strike me as being fantasy - you can get a new Series III for a grand more. As to whether its any different from the $600 ones underneath the finish, I would not know, but I wouldn't wager too much on that.
Like saxcop said, you did very well. I wouldn't get too hung-up on what you paid - that part of your saxophone career is past you - a done-deal, as they say. What is more important is whether or not that saxophone plays well enough for you to master it. Forget the shoulda-woulda-coulda.
Now, master the thing and enjoy that part of the journey. Years down the road, the price you (already) paid won't be a big deal. DAVE
Thanks again! (And I'm familiar with the "haters" phenomenon from the bass clarinet and bass guitar worlds, so nothing too new here.)You are new here so welcome. You are going to get a bunch of haters on Asian horns. Its because we got a bunch of expensive horns and its hard for people to admit there might be a really good copy of a MKvi for $1250. I got all the expensive horns and 6-7 asian horns that I am pretty happy with. Here is a highly respected member and review. http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2009/04/182/
"Final Thoughts– Over the years I have played hundreds of different tenors that my students have had. Selmers,Yamahas, Yanagisawas, Cannonballs, Buffetts,……….and more. This is one of the best I have played as far as intonation and tone. I would have no problem recommending it to my students who need a great pro horn. Many of the horns I just listed had issues with intonation that would drive me crazy to be quite honest. This is one of the few horns I have played that I feel like I could take out immediately and gig on. No problem!"
You could argue that $4500 for any horn is ridiculous. I mean what if you had a Chinses horn that was just as good quality, as well made, as a horn from Japan or Europe and they both cost $4500, in that case is the made in China one still not worth it? I am aware of how much rubbish there is coming form China, but I'm also aware of some (a few) high quality instruments that do sell for that kind of price.1saxman : Your argument doesn't make any sense. I agree that $4500 for a Chinese horns is ridiculous.
- are you sure these endorsements are paid? I doubt it. I know a LOT of sponsored artists. P. Mauriats, Yamaha, Selmer, TM Custom and Yanagisawa and a big fat ZERO of them are paid. I'm not talking about a couple of low level guys, I'm talking about true sponsored artists and well over 20 of them. The only benefits they get are dealer prices on their horns and the ability to hand pick them easier. I highly doubt Les from R.S. Berkeley is paying his artists.I believe the RS Berkley Chinese saxes have been hyped in order to get the prices up including endorsements (these endorsements are paid as is the customary practice). Simply going by price without considering actual value, $1250 for nice, slightly-used one like the OP's is great considering the advertised new price of about $4500. However, since the new price is in my view about $3000 high, the $1250 would be correspondingly high compared to a probable actual value of about $500. Dave Kessler has the best deal going on Chinese horns because he has them made to his specs and he puts them through his shop before shipping them which is a tremendous benefit.