Agree, 100%!Well, if anyone was selling this horn for under ten grand... or maybe under fifteen grand... it was likely a scam. But even if a legit deal, I wouldn't beat yourself up over it. It always pays to be careful when laying down serious bread, and there will always be another deal.
He wanted $8K for it. That's super cheap for it if it's original but too much as a relac in my mind, so I hesitated because I didn't want to make a mistake. You snooze you lose on deals like that, but if I had jumped and it ended up being a relac the pain would be worse!I agree that it looks like orig lacquer. But this horn is in such nice condition, at least cosmetically, that it will likely fetch top dollar. It's pretty close to 'collector' condition. So you'd be paying a premium for the cosmetics, as well as the '5-digit' thing. Unless you are fairly wealthy, I'd say you're lucky you passed on it. You can find a MkVI tenor with more lacquer wear that will be just as good, or possibly even better, for a player (as opposed to a collector) at a better price.
Still it's a beautiful horn; if I ever win the lottery I might look for something like that. But it won't happen since I don't waste money on such long odds as a lottery.