Thanks, abadcliche! I've been plowing through a lot of research and looking at JK's, Yamaha 52's and Selmers. The Yamaha 52's are going crazy on EBAY! I'm gonna buy one for $800. The Selmer intermediate horns are just too much money for me. Plus, I've heard the Yamaha 52's are fairly close to 62's...but not quite.
As someone who earlier told you to go with the SX 90. Now I would have to go with the Yamaha. I as said earlier, Yamaha is IMHO the best when it comes to building a high value intermediate. The 52 is a very nice intermediate, but I would not call it a pro horn. It lacks the better neck and annealed bells that the pro horns have. Still, it's one of the best horns available at an intermediate price range. If you buy it right, you can be sure to sell it later for close to your purchase price, maybe more.
Thanks, all! Didn't wait this time...bought it for $800. My budget? I'm the cheapest man on the planet and the most impatient. Seriously, I'm in a place where I could purchase just about any top-of-the-line horn, but my skills are not there yet. I bought a Bundy II recently (that'll be up on EBAY before the end of the week) to see if I still had it in me; I had been out of playing for some time.
Right now, an intermediate horn suits me; I was hoping to get a higher level horn at a dirt cheap price...that was a pipe dream.
I smart enough (and cheap enough) to know that just because you buy the best sax, you are not going to be the best player. You gotta be realistic, go with your skill level and take it from there. Golf is the same; you can't buy a golf game...
I stand corrected about the YAS52- looks like it was an high-end intermediate horn to begin with. Well, if it means anything, I thought it was just an older pro model. It is certainly better than the YAS475, IMHO.
If its anything like the 52 I had recently, it will be great. The 52 I had was the best playing horn I have played since I sold my Mark vi. I have had a couple Keilwerths and a Selmer Paris II...The 52 out of the case was a monster player. It won hands down. I just couldnt sell it for as much as the Keilwerths or Selmers. Now my sx90 tenor is a beast as well, but I am not a big fan of the Keilwerth altos. I prefer the yamaha altos.
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