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Hey guys new to the community, (although I've been snooping here for a few weeks already). I admide much of the input you give each other maybe you can help me out.

Here's the problem.....
I got a Bundy II and I want to upgrade, I also want to buy a soprano sax because I want to double on it. Part of me says upgrade the alto, but another part says keep the Bundy and buy a good soprano.

I can only do one, OR....I can rent to own on the soprano, in which case I can get my new alto now...but the thing is that I've heard about the intonation problems, and the soprano I would be renting is a Jupiter student model, I don't know if Jupiter student sopranos are really bad a intonation or not. I heard Yani was good...which is what I would prob shoot for if I bought a soprano isntead of renting. I figure I can still sound good on a student alto while with a sorry soprano I might sound horrible.

Here's my questions....
1. Would you upgrade the alto and go with a jupiter student model rent-to-own soprano?

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2. Keep the student Alto and use the money to buy a good soprano?

Thank you so much guys
Chico
 

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We have a Conn 94M made in taiwan soprano that plays quite well for being a budget sax.. We eventually upgraded to a Yani SC-991 soprano. I would upgrade your alto and use the jupiter soprano. Companies like jupiter have come a long way. Bundys are some of the worst saxes out there(no offense).
 

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If you change your soprano choice to an Antigua, which is less than half the price of the Yani, you may be able to afford both.
 

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67 makes a valid point, nothing worse than an angry wife/girlfriend.
However since you have a Soprano, and a touch of gas. What you do is get a vintage horn (which you already have) for the Alto option, and make sure its a good one. Then you by a cheap Soprano that is solidly built, and use the rest to take your wife/girlfriend on a date.
 

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Go with your gut. Soprano players here are going to say buy a nice soprano, alto players are going to say to upgrade your alto. Although, I am going to give my input: if you are wanting to be "multisaxual" (cool word, I just made it up. :) ), get the soprano. If you want to be dedicated to your alto playing, upgrade your alto.
 

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Upgrade that alto. Most anything out there will outplay a bundy II.
 

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Trade the bundy for a YAS 23. Then, buy a sop.
 

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Hi Carbs,

Bundys are the "Yugo" of the sax world, and nearly any decent horn is an upgrade.

Although there are a handful of die-hard fans who enjoy loyally reminiscing about their early learning days with the ol' Bundy. Curiously, given the option, none seem to be currently playing them however.:D
 

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jmartin said:
If you change your soprano choice to an Antigua, which is less than half the price of the Yani, you may be able to afford both.
Or Cannonball and you could do both. In my area, the prices are extremely reasonable for the Cballs. Not sure about you area but PM me and I can tell you the prices and their exchange price.
 

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Thank you for the replies! Hey Carbs, yes I'm happy withe my Bundy.......but only when I stick to the middle range of the horn. When I get to the higher note range the horn doesn't sound all that great. Really high notes are hard to hit and don't sound good when they do.

I went to this jazz club where I saw a fella play alto and go crazy at the altissimo range. I talked to him afterwards and he told me that you are kinda limited on what you can do on a school horn. He said he had the same problem before he upgraded....(and me being a dumb-***** didn't ask him what kind of sax he had).

Yeah Carbs my sax now is great, but I'm little more skilled now and I want a different better sound and more room to grow artisticly. I know I got a LONG way to go, and I think a better quality sax is one of the many steps towards that.

Feedback?
 

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I agree with Hakukani - trade your Bundy II for a YAS-23 - used, if possible - and you'll be spending very little money for a better horn. A 23 can take you pretty far on your studies/travels until you have more cash for a pro horn. This will leave enough cash for a decent soprano.
 

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I understand where your coming from. The reason why I asked about the horn, is that I don't like seeing a horn get trashed, or trashing one becuase that may work for someone, and I don't want my personal feelings against a horn to influence someone who is happy with the horn. As for upgrading a Yamaha 23 is a great jump from what you are playing now, and you can potentially get both alto and Soprano.
 

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I agree. I don't even bash the Bundy, cause at one point I thought it was the sweetest sound ever. But now I gotta move on.....by the way the potential alto that I would be upgrading to is the Yamaha Custom-Z in black laquer.

So,
Custom-Z alto and jupiter student soprano?

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Keep Bundy and get a good soprano?
 

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I don't have the soprano yet. I'm debating whether I should buy a soprano or rent-to-own it. If I rent-to-own it I can use the moeny to get me a better alto.
 

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Carbs said:
Sycc do you have anything personal against these horns? What was your bad expierence?
Are you happy with your horn, Chicco?
They were the school junkers to play on!!!!!!!!!!!!zVery bad tone and intonation and feel.
 

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Hey guys whats up......after much thought, many conversations and much research I have decided to upgrade my alto and rent-to-own the soprano.

My alto Yamaha Custom Z in black laquer should be in my hands at the end of next week. I will be going to the shop to pick up my soprano tomorrow. Thank You all for your replies.
 

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Saxplayer67 said:
Stick with the alto and buy a cheapish soprano, then buy your wife/girlfriend/mother something nice.
With due respect to Saxplayer76 who I am sure is a prince of
a fellow and to Chico222 who has not invited my advice I want
to disagree.

Respect your women and love them. Do not sacrifice for them
unless it is life & death. They'll love you for it.

rabbit

P.S.: Congratulations on your decision and your new horns!
 
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