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Hello all,
I am in the market for upgrading my alto to a mkvi. what are some useful tips for negotiating prices because when i went to my local sax shop to weeks ago the owner was just giving me ridiculous prices starting at 6,800!!!!!!! need help and a new alto soon.
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justin
 

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If I were you, I'd look to upgrade to one of the many upper-end Taiwan horns being produced today. You can get a fantastic playing saxophone for not a lot of money. For under $2,000 you could purchase a Barone Classic alto, have a professional flight case, a hand-faced jazz mouthpiece in your choice of tip opening, and enough spare change to buy a tenor.

Other retailers offer different models and such, although I think Barone has the best package deal going and they're phenomenal horns.

I've played on a ton of Mark VI altos, vintage Conns, Yanagisawa horns, etc. Now, I play on a Barone Vintage model alto in bare brass. Couldn't be happier.

You can check out a review I did a little while ago of a Mark VI alto vs. Barone Vintage vs. P. Mauriat 67R. http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...riat-67R-vs.-Mark-VI-vs.-Barone-Vintage/page2

The easiest advice is: get as many horns in your hands as possible, play them, and decide which horn is best for you.

Good luck!!

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i've been looking into some of the Taiwanese Horns and honestly i dont like the sound except for the Mauriats. I just love the big sound and quality of the mark vi and the few i've played i loved but its the price thats killing me.
 

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What Taiwan horns have you played?

You said you don't like the sound except for the Mauriats...interesting, as I've found Barone's horns to sound better than the Mauriats I have played.

If you're tunnel-visioned on a Mark VI, you will pay quite a bit for it.

Good luck!

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$6800 is pretty high, but the Mark IV appears to be in a seller's market right now and there are people, particularly dealers that are driving the prices up.

Question for you. There are a lot of perfectly good pro horns out there that don't cost anywhere near as much. Why a Mark VI? Have you ever played one? Have you ever played any other pro horn?

Just curious...
 

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Things happen when I go get a sandwich in the middle of replying to a post..... :)

The Mark VI is a vintage horn. Lot's of people, including myself, prefer the sound of vintage horns. Have you tried any of the other usual suspects?
 

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i have not tried barone.. ive tried the custom z, custom ex, reference 54, and 3 mark vi's ... ive also tried the mark 7 but the key work is awkward
 

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i also tried a Cannonball but i'm very much interested in the selmers at this point
 
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