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I recently put a wanted ad out in a local Website. Looking for vintage saxophones that needed repair. I was looking for a cheap horn that I could repair, and it still have some resale value. A few days after I put the ad out I got an offer for a Conn 12M Bari Sax. Which has been relacquered (doesn't bother me to much). However I am not sure of a few things.
These are the messages I got.
Just got back in to town. The bari goes down to Bflat. I’ve included a few pictures to give you an idea of its condition.
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I have a late 30’s vintage Conn 12m bari. It’s been relacquered, and somebody in the past has leveled some of the rolled tone holes with a file. There are a few dents, nothing major, and it actually plays with some effort. If you’re interested, let me know and I can shoot you some pictures. I’ll be out of town until Sunday.

Is that something to be worried about?
I am betting it needs a complete overhaul.
Is that something to worry about?
 

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Thanks.
Right now I am negotating the price. How do you think that it being a relacquer would affect the resale value. I personally don't care either way, but I know many people do.
 

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Before I can go anywhere near the Bari, I have to sell my Alto. Otherwise I don't have enough cash to even touch the Bari. I would probably not even get close to the Bari, I would take it to the local repair tech to have it loo ked at and see the damage. I probably wouldn't touch the horn except to play it.
 

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New Pics of horn

More pics.
I asked for all dented areas. Unfortunatly I can not load anymore due to restrictions on space. Does anyone know roughly when this horn was made?
 

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I kinda thought it looked like a school horn. I was sent the serial number, the horn was made in 1936. I am guessing it would need a complete overhaul. I am going to ask what happened to it.
 

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Here is what he e-mailed me.

It came that way. My plan was to have it restored, but have not been able to put aside the thousands it would take to do the job right. Actually, for a horn its size, the dents are very minimal and very fixable. They in no way alter the way it plays, they’re just rather unsightly.



The main issue with the horn is the damage to the rolled tone holes…which again does not alter the way it plays, but does affect the originality of the instrument. And even those can be restored. But to make it a perfectly playable instrument it would just need to be adjusted, regulated, and probably replace a few pads.
 

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I guess I will send the e-mail saying no. I wont find a Bari for what I was going to pay. Well I might. I guess I should start searching E-bay again. :(
Right now I have no idea what I will end up doing.
Considering my three options.
1) Save my money
2) Soprano
3) Bari.

Bari would be a fun horn to play, espicially most of the music we play in my church orchestra. Which sometimes includes some Funk. I don't know.
Thanks.
If you have a Bari Sax for $700 including shipping. Give me a call ;)
~Carbs
 

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Thanks,
I talked to my parents the other day, and I agreed with them, that spending more money on an Alto would make almost no since. My YAS-23 is a pretty good horn for how much I use it. And I have no idea what I want to do in college. If I decide to major in music my Tenor will probably suit what I need.
Right now, the Bari would get more use than a Soprano in the music that I usually play in church. Funk/rock. Mix that in with my Alto and it could be pretty fun.
Thanks I will send LBAjazz an PM.
 

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:) it was $700 for the Bari. I just got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach and after talking with you's guys decided against it. Hopefully the Bari that Little sax pointed out will work out. Who knows.
 
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