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Trade Keilwerth SX90R for Vintage Conn?

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My daughter is a freshman in college & a music ed major. Last year I bought her a Yani tenor & later a Keilwerth alto. Paid over $3500 for each of them. Even though the tenor is her preferred horn, she's been asked to play alto in the college jazz ensemble. Here's the issue... she picked up her roommate's vintage Conn alto & fell in love with it. Now she's looking to trade (down?) to the Conn which I'm not too thrilled about. My question is... since the Keilwerth is practically brand new, would it make sense to trade the Keilwerth & look for a vintage Conn? I've seen prices online for the Conn - about $1800. If that's true I could trade the Keilwerth for the Conn & still have money left over to but her a soprano - or not? What are the advantages/disadvantages in purchasing vintage horns?
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WOW... thanks for all your responses. I've emailed my daughter for the make/model/serial/year info of the Conn & will post as soon as I can.
OK, here's the one she's interested in - it's similar to her roommates horn:
Conn New Wonder Alto Saxophone - SN 176923

But she really just wanted to try out a couple different ones to see which one(s) she liked. I live in PA & have purchased her tenor & alto @ Washington Music in MD. I didn't see any vintage horns when we were there to try. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the difference is between Wonder, New Wonder, Transitional, etc. Looks like these are in the neighborhood of $1300 to $1900. Can we go wrong with any of these?
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