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I have chance to pickup this basket-case New Wonder II Alto. It obviously needs a full service, but looks complete with no body damage. Is it worth $50 and the service cost, or better served as a lamp?
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Is the special reversed neck on this one worth more?Look at the neck prices. If the neck is OK, it may bring $150+.
The mouthpiece is fine. The horn is upside down.Looks like it has the highly desired upside down mouthpiece too.
Someone knew enough to list it as an alto, so you'd think they'd know that the neck is backwards. I think it's probably stuck that way, like someone else mentioned.I can see how ignorance could lead to the upside down mouthpiece, but if you're not sure how the neck goes in, how can you fail to remember the hundreds of thousands of photographs you/ve seen of saxophone players; and if you still can't figure it out, how damn hard is it to go to Google and look for images of "alto saxophone"?
I stand corrected.The mouthpiece is fine. The horn is upside down.Looks like it has the highly desired upside down mouthpiece too.
That looks more like roadkill.Oh boy.... stop me now. After resurrecting the Holton I feel like I'm looking at a lost puppy that needs a home. LOL
Hammer price = $300. Plus 15% buyers premium. So a $345 outlay just to get started trying to make it playable again.They're a dime a dozen, but if you think fifty bucks will win the auction... that might not be realistic. Heck, the neck is probably worth fifty bucks.
Dime a dozen as in they're plentiful. When I wrote that, it was to acknowledge that although they're not rare or of great value, fifty bucks was wholly unreasonable for valuation purposes. Vintage Conn altos generally do better than Buescher and Martins of the same era, so $300 isn't really a surprise even though of course, it will need a lot. But don't be surprised if added attention for the auction was inspired by this thread, or if one of our members picked it up.Bit more than a dime a dozen.
My bet would be WW Co.Hope for a meyer bros mpc under that cap.