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Hey everyone!
Another n00b question. I have never touched a sax before, and am looking to pick up a budget student sax. After going through so many forum recommendations :toothy9:, I was originally looking at getting a Yamaha YAS-23.

But at this moment I'm not certain if I will truly enjoy this instrument, so my current plan is to pick up a cheaper Bundy II off ebay - but are there any other good brands in the Bundy's price range to keep and eye out for?

Other reasons for me trying to get a cheaper horn - need to factor in any COAs for it, as well as a teacher.

Thanks for any advice!

Alvin
 

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AlvinY said:
But at this moment I'm not certain if I will truly enjoy this instrument, so my current plan is to pick up a cheaper Bundy II off ebay - but are there any other good brands in the Bundy's price range to keep and eye out for?
They go for cheap, but most will be in need of a complete overhaul; which will run you more than the value of the horn. You can look for Martin stencils, but only if you have an eye for them.
 

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Alvin: You didn't say what you expected to pay for a BundyII.

I am not a Yamaha fan but acknowledge many are. I'd rather buy a new Kessler Custom than a Bundy II or a YAS23. When you are in L.A., you might want to call Dave Kessler over in Las Vegas and discuss it with him. I'm guessing you could get into a KC saxophone for under $1K.

Yes, I also know that re-sale on a Kessler-Custom may not be like a better-known brand like Yamaha, but I also know that by having a horn that plays and sounds as good as that KC horn, you might just be encouraged to stick with it. DAVE
 

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I second the Dave Kessler recommendation. He's got a Yanigasawa copy tenor that is just plain beautiful.

A used Yamaha is a good choice too if it's in good condition and properly setup.
 

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I've got just the horn for you! It's a Bundy II, epoxy finish, with a clear lacquer Bundy II neck. A few minor dents and scratches, but doesn't need an overhaul or anything. It looks ugly with the epoxy body and lacquer neck, but if you're looking for something cheap that plays well this is the horn for you... See my listing in the 'Horns for sale' section; it's only $160 plus shipping.
 

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Hi everyone!
Grumps: Thanks! I will do a bit more research on this brand!

Dave: My budget for the sax is about 250-300 (judging by going ebay prices), and will probably pay a tad more if the sax is in a better condition. :) Rest of my budget I'm gonna use for the coa and teacher funding.

Enviroguy: Hey thanks for the recommendation!

terjeo: Will check your sax out. I won't be purchasing in the next few days though, I'm waiting the arrival of Larry Teal's book - Art of Saxaphone playing. I'm gonna need to read more about this instrument, understand what other needs and requirements before I make my final decision. Thanks though!

Thanks everyone! Still open to suggestions :)

Alvin
 
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