Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2016
But you (we) buy and sell and repair things, and see tons of horns each year. Most folks do not.I think that with all the physical damage on this sax, there is bound to be a whole heap of mechanical issues affecting pad sealing and reliability as well.
Because they are so easy to damage, I would EXPECT a second hand bari to have a heap of issues unless you have excellent evidence otherwise.
Hence a fair bit ot buyer beware involved here.
Here is the element of scum in the buyer's description: " I don't foresee any problems with the pads or leaks. I'm able to play it just fine. "
To most folks, that would seem like a good confirmation that the horn is in playable, good condition. But for you or I, the semantics seem intentionally evasive.
I don't ascribe to the victim being at fault here, though.
'Dad asked for add'l photos, showing details of any damage which was not apparent in the initial set of pics. My understanding is, the seller failed to provide such photos, which would have revealed the significant damage aforementioned.
This is where the seller is in an indefensible position, IMHO. It's not an iron-clad case, but I think the buyer is in a pretty good position here...particularly considering the seller's apparent lack of effort in coming to a more negotiated resolution. Just my 2 cents...