Yeah, that's about what I figured. However, the price is right so I may just pick it up.Isn't it just another Taiwan or China made Selmer copy student horn? I can tell you it has nothing to do with the famous Conn saxophones made in Elkhart, Ind., and the only relationship it has with Selmer Paris is that its mechanism and styling are copied from the Selmer Paris instruments.
indeed ( quote) “...With these faults corrected the AS700 would be good student horn - but as it stands there are cheaper horns available that either match or exceed this build quality..."
Depending on where you are in the world you may have more (or less) access to other horns. The last few years the secondhand low end segment has taken a substantial hit and prices of the secondhand horns in that segment have plummeted. There are many, less than desirable horns, which may even being sold in very good state by someone whom bought them, had a go at playing and not succeeding, which are sold for very low prices indeed.Thanks everyone for your input. Lots of food for thought.
A review of an alto is very helpful to the OP in search of a tenor, I'm sure. And we know that the reviewer would have every tenor player in the world playing a YTS-23. Good for him.
There are always options that could be better than any horn. OP has a line on a used horn, a tenor, right now. Reference a better one currently for sale, please. Let's talk under $400 used and in excellent cosmetic and playing condition with modern keywork just to limit the number of suggestions.
have you read the review (it doesn't reduce to the two lines quoted by Milandro, and it's not totally negative...)? The main part of the review is about the construction of the sax and it would be surprising if the construction is totally different between the alto and the tenor.
Also, your attack of the reviews of Stephen Howard ("And we know that the reviewer would have every tenor player in the world playing a YTS-23. Good for him.") is unfair.
1. I'm not the person who reduced the review to its negative.Then why was the review reduced to only its negative? And do you yourself have firsthand knowledge of anything you are writing?
Attack on Howard? Hardly. Read his reviews. He openly admits the Yamaha YTS-23 is his go-to and benchmark horn. He compares many intermediate and even near pro-level horns to it. Frankly, his fascination with that rather unremarkable tenor is pervasive.
But hey, find one for this member at an affordable price. Even junkers needing work are priced near and sometimes over $400 now. Same with its near twin, the Vito Japan. And the Preludes play so much better than those two admirably durable and tank-like horns. That was a surprise to me, actually.
Still see no suggestions by members of better alternatives currently for sale. And, as far as I've understood, there have been no other knowledgeable responses to the OP's question. I answered it based upon my ownership of two examples of the exact horn he is considering.
Paul, welcome to SotW.Hello,
I have a line on a Prelude by Conn-Selmer tenor and I am wondering if anyone has any info on these horns?
Thank you very much,
Thanks Dr G. Some excellent advise.Paul, welcome to SotW.
Condition is everything in a used horn - at any price point. It would be best if you can have someone play the horn for you, and better still if you can get it to a tech to ensure it is in good playing condition, and/or give you an estimate of what it would take to get it in good shape. The cost of a mouthpiece and requisite maintenance could easily equal the cost of the horn. I’m not trying to put you off buying any horn, just trying to keep you from getting blindsided.
I was pleasantly surprised by a tech recently who, after calculating the cost of recommended repairs to an instrument, looked up the value of the horn to help me get a perspective on my investment. I am committed to getting that horn (an early ‘70s Selmer Series 9 clarinet with little wear and no cracks) in top condition because I consider it a good value for me - it might be a different story for someone else, who would rather buy a new intermediate level horn.
G’luck in your quest.