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I'd like to think so. It would depend on the player/horn match. $20K isn't that hard to find, especially for the potential audience of buyers interested in and looking for such a horn
 

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To get 15-20 K for a sought after Mark VI Serial number tenor (85,000)
I would think so, if you are in that 20% of Americans who own 85% of the wealth. You could probably get one of Theo Wanne's mouthpieces to go with it, too; maybe even three or four. :mrgreen:
 

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Those that have disposable income aren't the ones that are suffering. I'm betting that high end boat sales, performance sports cars, etc., aren't down all the much either.
 

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Not down at all in fact. The sale of luxury items is way up.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/business/sales-of-luxury-goods-are-recovering-strongly.html

"In July, the luxury segment had an 11.6 percent increase, the biggest monthly gain in more than a year."

http://www.laprogressive.com/economic-equality/luxury-sales-boom/

"Meanwhile, the U.S. Agriculture Department reported that a record 41.8 million Americans now receive food stamps, and the numbers getting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies increased by 18% in the past year."
 

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It seems it's more the poor getting poorer. That's a recipe for economic implosion.
 

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I've never bought into the phrase "in this economy." We focus and panic over the unemployment rate, 9-17% depending on who you listen to. But for the 83-91% of people who are still working, I think it is still business as usual. There might be some reduced spending on their part to build up a reserve in case they lose their jobs as well, but I don't think most people are that disciplined.
 

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I've never bought into the phrase "in this economy." We focus and panic over the unemployment rate, 9-17% depending on who you listen to. But for the 83-91% of people who are still working, I think it is still business as usual. There might be some reduced spending on their part to build up a reserve in case they lose their jobs as well, but I don't think most people are that disciplined.
It is not business as usual......but I wasn't trying to get into a political thing, merely thinking about selling my VI.
 

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Toss out the bait and see what you hook!
 

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I know at least one person that is always looking for a nice tenor and doesn't have to check with either his mother or his wife before he buys another SBA/MkVI.

G'luck with your sale.

I'd love to see more classic sax porn.
 

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I think some people will pay any given amount of cash for something they want. I know a lot of guys who play alto and have purchased a few vintage meyer alto ny mouthpieces at about $1,500 without even testing the mouthpiece. Just straight from ebay or other places online. And I have tried a few next to my aizen ny and they are'nt that good in my opinion. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Put the horn up for sell if it is a great horn it will sell regardless of the economic difficulties many are having nowadays. Take care guys.

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I was in the local "Costco"- a warehouse type store yesterday looking at the diamond ring display. I commented to the manager who was taking his daily inventory just how expensive the $40,000.00 'no flaw" less than 1.25 carat diamond ring was. He said last week someone bought a $40,000.00 three stone diamond ring ( V-2 quality) on line from their store. So, you might get lucky!
 

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Lotsa people driving Cadillac Escalades 'round here - and Hummers, Range Rovers, etc.

What's $20k???
 

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You can get a loan for a car and make payments, while a saxophone is a different matter. Buy a gold plated horn, they are definately going up in value.
 

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You can get a loan for a car and make payments, while a saxophone is a different matter. Buy a gold plated horn, they are definately going up in value.
You can buy a car on a credit card or with cash too. It all depends who "you" are. For a person that has a positive cash flow far in excess of their needs, a $20k saxophone is not a big thing. BTW, I'm not one of those people.
 

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I would think so, if you are in that 20% of Americans who own 85% of the wealth. You could probably get one of Theo Wanne's mouthpieces to go with it, too; maybe even three or four. :mrgreen:
My understanding is that SMT has one to sell, not that he's looking to buy one.

Forgive me if I'm out of line trying to address your question instead of engaging in idle banter, SMT... but perhaps a little monitoring of some of the online sax shops would give you a feel for how high end prices are faring. FWIW, a while ago I was chatting with the proprietor at PM Woodwinds and he seemed pretty upbeat (though with a cautious knock on wood) about the state of his saxophone sales through the recession and "recovery".
 

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I think it's more dependent on the condition of the horn, both cosmetically and playing condition. For a price that high, you're looking for the collectors who want to make an investment or simply own something very special. A 5-digit horn, but also with minimal lac wear in near-perfect condition. I would think.
 
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