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Hey, I'm new to this site and accidentally stumbled upon it while researching a Bari Sax. I need some help deciding what kind of Bari to buy for at home practice, currently I play concert band, jazz band, a sax quartet, FFA State band, and whatever else I can do. I'm not allowed to bring the Bari home until summer and I really wish I had one to practice on and just to mess around with all the time! So, for around the price range of $1500, can I find a good quality Bari? If so, suggestions for model types? I've been playing the Bari for about 4 years now, learned multiple instruments in-between, taught myself the Bari and did a damn good job if I do say so myself... :bluewink2: :lol: I just wanna have one for my own for once. I get jealous of all the altos who carry their sax like their cell phone. :)

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Don't know if you've checked out the "Marketplace" section of the forum yet, but I'd highly suggest it. If there's nothing currently for sale in your price range, something's bound to come along sooner or later (hopefully sooner). Even just checking out old listings will give you an idea of what you might want to look for. It's much better to deal with someone on this forum rather than the ebay route. At least people on here tend to know what they're talking about.
 

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I'd keep my eyes out for a Yamaha 32/52 they come up in that or near that range on occasion.
Or the older Yanagisawas like the B600 or their stencils.
Both of these have very modern keywork and a low A if that is important.
If your comfortable with older keywork and a horn keyed to Bb there are more options out there like King Zephyrs, Bundys etc etc.
These older horns will likely need some work to get playing well, so don't spend your whole budget on the horn alone, allow some extra tomget it playing well.
 

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I am not sure either of those models, while great suggestions, can really be had for that cheap w/o add'l work needed. But you may luck out, who knows ?

$1500 is a good budget for a low Bb horn...for a Low A of good repute in good shape, eh....that gets pretty dicey. $2g is a more realistic budget for a decent Low A.

But maybe just for home practice you don't really need a Low A anyway.

What model do you play now, at school ?
 

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Maybe the low A suggestions will be more like $2000 or so, but sometimes you get lucky.
I lucked out on a YBS 62 in perfect condition, still can't believe it.
 

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http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/msg/4314876847.html

A Mexico-made Conn 12M. Owner says it plays but for sure it'd need around $300-500 of work...I can see bow dents (easily taken care of by any tech with a magnetic dent system) and also upper crook dents (not so easily taken care of, but certainly accessible enough to improve considerably). Nevertheless, offer him $650 and he'd probably take it....it's already a cheap asking price ...add in $4-500 of tech work and you end up with a really good deal in a Low Bb. Once a Mexico Conn is nicely serviced, they are very reliable horns.

Some other possibilities which might be promising:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jupiter-Bar...600?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c3cfa6308

This next one is a Beaugnier stencil, great horn although I am not too comfy about a zero feedback seller. A slight risk but it might be worth a roll of the dice. I guarantee this won't fetch $1300 when over:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/baritone-sax-/301109298256?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item461b834450

Some folks have favorable impressions of these (some folks who tend to have good taste in horns). I am never convinced about brand-new brands, IMHO a brand needs a 7-10 year track record before it can really be trusted; and the soundfiles I have heard of this brand do not overwhelm me at all, but again...some members here whom I respect have had favorable impressions:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Professiona...636?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a8b5af6e4

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Professiona...092?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c3d18a70c

Promising, although expect to invest $300-400 of work once received:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BUESCHER-40...162?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item338990a532

Generally, eBay used horns will need a few hundred bucks of work, even if they are described as playing condition. Do NOT buy one which is NOT described as good condition and playable. And stay away from anything Hayes sells.

I also have a nice old Holton here, low Bb, I would sell for $1g including case and a good m'pc...completely refurbished. Good player, no issues, return policy. Currently in the middle of working on 'er, but I can have her up and ready w/i about 12 days time.

So that is the neighborhood of $1500 BigHorn which is out there. You may also wanna check the Marketplace section of this Forum, as aforementioned.
 

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At school I play a Yamaha that was bought last year w/ Low A key. I suppose at home I don't need a Low A key, but If I find the right one, I may just expand my budget... I love that Low A.
 

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Thanks! I'll keep looking and I hope hopefully sooner than later I'll find that right one, & special thanks to JayePDX I'm gunna check those out. Hopefuly I'll find just the perfect one.
 

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Yeah, you are welcome.

Best thing you can do is be patient. If you can afford to take 4 weeks searching one out, then the right one will likely reveal itself. It becomes a narrower search when someone wants something in 1-2 weeks.

Have fun.
 
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