I'm starting college pretty soon and it's about time I own my horn. I tried a Mark VII that was a bit banged up but still playable and going for $3000. The key work was a bit different but I'm sure I'll get used to it after a little bit. There are slight scratches and fading from normal wear and tear and I didn't see any dents. I definitely liked the tone and the lower register was just beautiful in my opinion. I used to use a Selmer La Voix II in high school and I'm either gonna go for a Yamaha Custom Z or this Selmer Mark VII. I really wanted to make sure that I wasn't being ripped off because this is gonna put me in debt for a while. I'm not upgrading and i want this horn to be with me for the rest of my musical career. Any thoughts?