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Taiwanese tenor sax

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I am going to upgrade to a different tenor sax and spent the past few days trying out horns at private dealerships and shops. Out of the 20+ that I tried, I have two favorites. From what I have found through my research, both are priced right. One of them is a vintage horn with a great reputation and I can find plenty of information about it on the forum and all over the web.

The other horn is a Taiwanese-made copy of the Yamaha custom 82Z, and the US distributor is a flute manufacturer with an excellent reputation. He doesn't manufacture it, but friends of his do and his signature is on the horn. I would like to get a sense of what kinds of repair issues I might have with this horn and would love to get some feedback from technicians or people who have owned horns similar to this.

I hope this is the right place to post this - I'm new to the forum and am still learning my way around.
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"Similar to this" won't capture it. One of the biggest differences between the various Taiwanese brands is quality control in the setup - pads, glue/shellac, pad heights, corks, and other material selections. If that isn't done right, the horn may either not play well at first or, if it does, won't maintain good regulation.

You'll need to name the model/brand if you want anything more specific.

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