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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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bruce bailey said:
Just buy a Conn outright. They are around for under $1,000 with new pads. What year Conn does she want?
Agreed, although not necessarily with the price quoted. If you can get a good playing Lady Face for between $1000 - $1600 and can afford for her to hang onto both altos at the same time, it would be to her advantage because she could be certain after about 6 months which of the two she really wants. After she's experienced the Conn for a while she may want to go back to the JK and if it's sold, well ...

Regarding resale of the JKs one of our forum members had a bad experience with that. Since he posted his misfortunes (and I believe him completely BTW) others have repeated that JKs have bad resale values and yet I haven't noticed that any of these folks have, themselves, owned nor tried to sell one...FWIW.
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