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I'm a beginner who has background in classical (strings) music. I was looking to learn the saxophone and was offered a Sky branded horn by a friend. I dont know much about saxes so I thought I'd come here for help. I tried searching for this brand on the SOTW forums but found nothing so I figured it was a cheap, off brand manufactured horn (like the ones you see offered on eBay with the "free gloves" haha)...does anyone have any insight or input that might help me?
 

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If it is free, why not? If you you have to buy it, then I'd probably spend a more and buy something inexpensive from a known and respected source. There are TONS of inexpensive saxophones on the market these days, mostly from Asia outside of Japan. Some can be decent players, others will only serve to discourage you from sticking with it. I don't know SKY from ACME from big-box-store generic horns, but I'd go to Dave Kessler for the better inexpensive models. DAVE
 

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Never heard of it, probably an Asian import. As far as quality, who knows. You don't want to get into a horn that will have issues, even if it's free, so it would be advisable to have a knowledgable sax player check it out. A bad horn can be really discouraging to a novice. I feel that the Yamaha 23 series horns (YSS23, YAS23, and YTS23) are excellent for students and can be had quite reasonably. If this one doesn't pan out, you might look for one, but get help from someone knowledgable to determine the condition and potential repair expense. Good Luck
 

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Thanks for all the replies; unfortunately no it is not free...if it were I would've jumped all over it...the cost is $100 which I dont think is too bad for what is basically a new horn but as you guys mentioned, I am not sure if it'll have a lot of issues and end up costing more (in terms of repairs) than it is worth. I've heard/read on here those cheap $200 ebay horns that come with the gloves basically fall apart in a few months and repair shops cant even fix them, so thats definitely a situation I want to avoid right now. I also dont know any knowledgeable players that would be able to help me out with my purchase or guide me in the right direction.

Lastly, I know the YAS23 is a well known and popular model for beginners but its a bit out of my price range and the cheap YAS23 models on ebay were in need of repair/overhaul. I'm looking for a horn that is playable immediately without needing to be serviced.
 

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A search for sky reveals quite a few discussions:

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/archive/index.php/t-36015.html

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/archive/index.php/t-76876.html

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/archive/index.php/t-74051.html

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/archive/index.php/t-122085.html

One thing though, the presence of white gloves is NOT an indicator of bad quality. I've played quite a few Chinese made instruments that came with gloves, that were surprisingly good sounding and well made horns. It's true that very many of those you just find on ebay may not be very good.
 

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When I tried typing "sky," without the quotes, in the search box, it told me there were no matches found. Thanks for the help/tip Pete
 
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