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Hello everyone, I just graduated high school and had to give back my school owned tenor (a 1980's Yamaha 62). I'm looking to buy my own horn now, on a budget of $1500-$2000 (though I'd like to stay on the lower end). I play on a relatively advanced level, both jazz and classical, and I use Vandoren Java T75 and Selmer Soloist C* mouthpieces. To honest I'm a bit spoiled by the professional horn, so I'm looking for something of similar quality (or at least the best I can get for my budget). If anyone has recommendations for a good playing horn at a reasonable price, it would be greatly appreciated thanks!
 

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A Yamaha 61 would be similar to what you're playing now:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/392059007842

I also really like Cannonballs:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/253673316405

And a Yanagisawa:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/273259090219

Generally, you get the best bang-for-your-buck purchase with a used sax.
If you want a new horn, Google Phil Barone. He sells high quality Taiwanese instruments on his website.

Other people will have more good suggestions for you. The key is to try as many tenors as you can and decide what you like best.

Where are you located? There may be good shops nearby.
 

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When I was looking for excellent horns on a budget the answer for me was B&S, who made pro level horns in Germany until the early 2000s. In particular 2001 and medusa models, plus the numerous stencils they made for wwbw and others (allora, chicago jazz, courtois and others).

These are generally outstanding for tone, ergonomics and build quality, and other than the "Dave Guardala" branded stencils often sell in your price range.

B&S competed with the "big 4" and sold for big 4 money back in the day. Now they are largely unknown and represent great bang for the buck, although its likely a leap of faith to buy one unless you luck out and find one locally to try out. The trick is to know the various stencils to look out for, and know how to tell the difference between the german made B&S version and later less well regarded versions.
 

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I would go with something from Phil Barone with your budget. There are always good used items as mentioned above as well but those may require further adjustment/work.

If you want to go vintage this Zephyr looks pretty good and a decent price since it's a relaq and Tim is an awesome tech and it will play well for you.
 

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+1 to the Barone, it’s every bit a top pro horn. I bought one as a backup, and it turned into a brother, a true peer to my Mark VI.
 

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I've read many musicians here answer this question by asking if a person is going to music school.
Apparently many schools/teachers like their students to play certain horns.
 

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I've read many musicians here answer this question by asking if a person is going to music school.
Apparently many schools/teachers like their students to play certain horns.
Yeah, this is a good point. What your plan is going forward will have a lot to do with what kind of budget and horn makes sense. If you're going to music school I'd plan on working the summer and putting some money away so you have the budget for a lightly used pro horn. If your going to college for something else and just want to get a horn so you can play occasionally I'd look around for something relatively cheap but serviceable. You aren't going to have as much time as a college student as you did as a high school student and you'll have other constraints and concerns if you're going away to school.
 

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Yet people are continuing to use the advice forum as a marketplace.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone! To clarify, I am not majoring in music, but I will continue playing for the foreseeable future. Also I apologize for submitting this on the wrong forum.
 

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The best thing you can do is play a bunch of horns. Did you like the school's Yamaha 62? What other horns have you played? Did you like those?

Roughly where are you located? We might be able to suggest a store where you could try some other horns.
 

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I did like my school's yamaha 62, but I'm definitely open to trying something new as well. I'm located in Harrisburg, PA (about 2 hours from Philadelphia, 2 hours from Baltimore/Washington, 3.5 hours from New York).
 

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time and patience - wait and you will find a great horn that is perfect for you, like a Yamaha 61 or Yanagisawa, but if you are in a hurry...well, then you may have to go with what's available.
 
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