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Hey all,
First off this is my first post, and im glad to have found this great forum.

I've been playing alto for about 4 years now and wanted to pick up a tenor.

I found this one on craigslist in my area.
http://columbus.craigslist.org/msg/2268879741.html

The seller says they dont know the brand or model, and its not written on the bell.

So is it decent or a generic Chinese crap sax??

Thanks for your help.
 

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There are some good Chinese saxophones around.......this, in all probability, ain't one of them
 

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Almost impossible to say from those photos, I'd steer clear of it unless you can go and try it out, in which case you might find a bargain, but being unbranded I would be quite wary.
 

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It's impossible to tell from the photos. Sight unseen, your best bet in this price range (plus just a little) is a used Yamaha or Japanese-made Vito. If you can spend a little more, there are a lot more choices. And you might ask if some of the SOTW members might have something in your price range. In general, stay away from anything without a name brand on it unless you can truly trust the source from which it comes.
 

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I'd forget the horn on craigslist. Some no name junker not worth the look.

I would do some research and consider one of the up and coming Chinese horns, maybe a Bauhaus-Walstien tenor. Different strokes for different folks and no disrespect intended, but I wouldn't put my money into a hammered old Kohlert with prices for new horns from Taiwan and China being what they are. For a little more money and with some careful research you can get a really decent horn on the cheap.

Having said that, about 24 years ago I paid $50 for a battered old YTS-61 and had it completely reconditioned for about $600. I still play it today. So you never know what will work for anyone. In the end you have to do what is right for you. Best of luck!
 

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Are there any marks at all indicating where the horn was made? Maybe under the thumbhook?
This is a longshot, but if the horn was made in Japan, it *could* be a Yanagisawa stencil--the bell-to-body ring looks typical of a Yani, and I have yet to run into a bad one.
 

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Here's a better way to go about this, Cushions (although these threads are kinda fun, in a way).

Tell us more about yourself....how long have you been playing ? What sorta music do you play ? What is your budget ? Where are you located ? Would you consider buying online, or do you wanna try in person ? Do you play any other instruments ?

Etc.....

Welcome to the Forum, BTW.
 
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