I am a thirteen year old saxophone player and my parents are in the process of buying me a new tenor saxophone. We have looked at many brands, and I am interested in a Cannonball big bell series. However, we noticed that it has a lot of scratch marks inside both of the necks which the dealer says are intentional by the manufacturer (for "acoustic purposes"). Because this sax costs a lot of money (at least to us) I am wondering if anyone out there is familiar with this brand and if these scratches are really intentional, or if the dealer is trying to unload this on us. By the way, we did look at two other Cannonball saxes at this dealership and they also had the scratches inside their necks as well.