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Hey everyone,
Just getting into sax and I started off on tenors because I prefer the tonal range..
I play a few other instruments and didn't find it too tricky to get the hang of; producing decent tone and learning some scales etc..

I rented a secondhand Yamaha YTS-26 (or very similar/older model of that) and enjoyed it well enough..

So I'm looking to buy my first Tenor, I live in New Zealand so feasible options are kind of limited.
What I'm looking at are:

Old second hand Yamaha YTS-23 (probably my cheapest option but an auction so depends..) http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1257753427
A store has offered me a 2nd hand Yamaha 380 Japanese model being imported from japan and completely serviced before sale, quoted me ~$2500 NZdollars

And two other auctions that look like decent deals.. I've had my eyes out for a while now

Yanagisawa T900 - http://www.trademe.co.nz/music-inst...instruments/saxophones/auction-1257400573.htm
Cannonball big bell tenor - http://www.trademe.co.nz/music-inst...instruments/saxophones/auction-1256718005.htm

Definitely looking to invest in yamaha / equivalent brand quality and not gonna buy something cheap.. Also can't really afford to buy brand new especially considering that the only Yamaha importers for NZ import only china/indonesia made saxs and most second hand options are Japanese made..

Any opinions and advice much appreciated! Would be ideal if people could help me pick between these 4 options but all other advice welcome also!

Thanks,
Christan
 

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I just sent a soprano to Ne Zealand https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?243875-Yanagisawa-soprano . Shipping a tenor to NZ from the US appears to be about $170 US with a limit of $1025 in insurance coverage.

These are all good instruments. I am assuming these prices are in New Zealand dollars. The second hand Yamaha is over priced at $2500NZ. The Yani is the best horn on your list and priced fair. I have both Yani and Cannonball tenors. You would be happy with either.
If you need a cheaper solution consider Taishan on Ebay.
 

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The Yanagisawa is the pick of the bunch as saxcop said. You are unlikely to outgrow it and it will hold its value well.

For starting out on tenor I played a YTS-23 (predecessor to '26) for a couple of years, but there are folks out there that play them as their main horns so despite their "student" label, they can be giant killers (I think the shwoodwind.co.uk guy is one example?). Lots of horn for the money.

You should also be able to sell it on locally fairly easy if you want to as they're often the default option for learning students (high school) which are the largest market anywhere.
 
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