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Quite honestly...really...if you wanna buy a good, solid new sax...talking brand-new with warranty and all....for 1g....you may be able to get something in an Alto, but a Tenor...no, really not.

The one noted above has been a go-to suggestion for a while now. This article may help you out a bit:

http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Ultra_Cheap_horns.htm

$400 for a used Alto can get you something quite good...not just decent or passable, but darn good. For a used Tenor...$400...which plays well w/ no problems ?...eh...you are walking the razor's edge of "are-you-outta-yer-mind?"

If it's a used Tenor you speak of, you need to pony up $500 for a good one in good playing shape.

I would quite honestly argue that if you are gonna spend a relatively low number for a new horn (and $1g is a low # for a new instrument)...a used horn for that same price will give you 3x the amount of instrument.

If Alto:

i.e. $1000 buys you the BW, ...or it buys you a vintage Conn 6M, Buescher 400, King Zeph, a Beaugnier-made instrument (older Vito or a Noblet, for example), vintage Keilwerth or Kohlert, even an old Yanagisawa A5 or A6, etc ...all top-shelf, professional instruments...and lets you walk away with a lotta pocket change to boot.

Or $600 gets you a brand-new selmer prelude...but it also gets you a Martin Indiana, King Cleveland, Buescher Aristocrat, Holton 465 or 230, Conn 50M or 7M, Yani A4 stencil...and (again) some pocket change.

In both examples... the latter horns are significantly superior to the former.

Just something to consider.

To answer your question more directly:

Good used brands for around $400 Alto:

Conn 50M, Vito France or Kenosha, older Kohlert or J. Keilwerth stencil, Martin Indiana, King Cleveland, Holton, Malerne stencil, Olds Parisian Ambassador

Tenor for $500-ish:

Conn 16M, Martin Indiana, King Cleveland, Buescher Elkhart or 30A, Malerne stencil, Holton Collegiate, Olds Parisian Ambassador

If you dare try eBay, make sure seller clearly states that horn needs no work and plays up and down...and has a return policy. If they will not assure you of all of those things....just walk away. Because the problem with eFlay horns is 75% orf the time, you will need to invest another $200 into them to get them playing.

Better suggestion: buy from folks here (make sure they also give you the same assurances noted above).
 

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Indeed......you might as well toss your money in a river.
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........Oh, wait...It's dad's money........
Never mind.
Ok, time for 'Mean Mommy'...
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.....Good luck getting your 'Cheap', 'Pissed off' Dad to buy a new sax.....

Oh, brother.....
 

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I don't think either of us were overly harsh with the kid, and certainly not out of any desire to be deliberately mean...(though we usually get accused of being so in situations like this). Sometimes the obvious just has to be stated.
Quite honestly, you were both deliberately mean.....and it's also usually the situation that when adults do that, they then try to rationalize it.

You were both as presumptuous as the poster you were criticizing, is all....so it's hard for the kettle to take the pot seriously in these instances...

:mrgreen:eek:ne good thing about SOTW, it makes kids wise up/grow up fast.:mrgreen:
...and it makes adults regress into children, at least occasionally.....
 
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