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I saw an ad on Fresno's CraigsList.
Fresno, CA is about 220 miles away, but it was for a Yamaha YAS-61 for $250!!!
For those that have not run across my WTB threads, I don't play, my daughter does.
I was really looking around for a curved soprano, but how can you pass this up?

Woke up this morning at 4am, drove the 220 miles and met the seller.
Case is a POS, with the storage compartment falling apart.
One of the locks is locked & he does not have the key!

So the sax needs some work.
Most bothersome is the plating coming off and oxidation.
At least one of the springs needs replacing & I suspect a general 'once over' is in order.
Oh, it also came with a Meyer 6 'Small Chamber' MP & Lig.

Take a look at her.
For $250, $50 in gas & about 8 hours of driving, is she worth it?

PS- My daughter has an old Bundy II that she started with & a YAS-23 that we bought used about a year ago.
PPS- Still looking for the right deal on a curved soprano!!

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http://s715.photobucket.com/albums/ww159/4ajia2/YAS-61/
 

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Yes, you did very well. You just bought a professional horn for $300 + your time. These are great horns and it looks to be in great shape for its age. Even if you put $100 into it for a PC you still come out way ahead of its value.
 

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Yep, excellent deal. She may never need another alto. Get 'er fixed up, sell the YAS-23, and go shopping for a soprano. Enjoy!
 

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....sell the YAS-23....

Bundy II goes first!
Then, when we find a good curved soprano, the Dixon straight soprano goes!

Question for you all, what should I do in the area's that the plating is gone?
Is there something to put on to stop the oxidation?
Roughly what is the cost to re-plate? Or is a treatment & a type of coating enough?
 

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Don't do anything to the lacquer. A little bit of oxidation is normal and will do no harm, if you do anything to the lacquer it will only lower the value of the horn.
 

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Thanks ss.
My only concern is if I leave the sax as-is the oxidation will spread like a cancer.
Is this not true?
 

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That "plating problem" in automotive parlance would equate to "like new" and "extremely low mileage." No the problem will not spread like cancer if the horn is wiped down after use and not allowed to sit with sweaty hand prints all over it. If you go to ebay and query on seller quinntheeskimo and take a look at all of the vintage horns and lacquer loss there you'll see what I mean. This '61 is cherry.... you got the deal of the month at least on that baby.
 
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