So recently I've wanted to play the alto sax. The sax is a Conn Shooting Star. I'm pretty sure it is over 20 years old. I want to get it cleaned as well. I don't know how much it cost. Would it be worth it?
In your first post you said "recently I've wanted to play the alto sax." Do you already play tenor? Or did someone try this one for you. It looks to be in good condition from the pics you've supplied. Those $200 horns I've seen on ebay don't look nearly in as good condition. I would have no problem putting two - two fifty into this horn. Take it to a reputable repair tech and have it scoped out. My guess is, if it plays well now it will probably only need a few minor adjustments.It plays pretty well.
A good tech should be able to give you a quote pretty easily on what it would need to get it to "playing" condition. Depending on what it needs, it shouldn't cost you a whole ton. If it doesn't need pads, they might actually do small adjustments for you for free.It plays pretty well.
The other way around: what can you buy instead for the value of the horn + $150? If that's not much better than my five cents -> it is worth it!In my shop I charge around $125 - $150 for a clean-oil-adjust (COA) including a play condition (PC). This price includes up to 4 pads replaced. The price is higher if it needs dent work or additional pads. Conn "Shooting Star" altos sell for $200 or less on EBay so whether it is "worth it" is kind of a tossup. When in good adjustment, these saxes play quite well. They are know for mechanical and manufacturing issues---especially those made when the plant was moved to Mexico.
There are lots of YAS-23's and their Vito counterparts selling for under $300 on Ebay with intonation and ergonomics better than the Conn Shooting Star IMO.The other way around: what can you buy instead for the value of the horn + $150? If that's not much better than my five cents -> it is worth it!
Thing is... I can pretty much guarantee any Vito-Yama 21/23 under $350 on eBay is not anywhere near play condition, however. I buy these quite a bit, around 2 a month....in my experience, $300 total will not get you a playable one. So the buyer would still need to add $150-ish to that acquisition cost.There are lots of YAS-23's and their Vito counterparts selling for under $300 on Ebay with intonation and ergonomics better than the Conn Shooting Star IMO.