I agree, the Guardala name carries a premium and Earthtone Guardalas are not all that common, so the high end of that range would be fair (although guardala owners always think they are worth more... some people want silly money for them (like $2400 for a B&S 2001 tenor for example:bluewink:!). It depends on how bad the earthtone now looks and how much work it might need (pads etc). Im learning to love the freckled degraded look of my earthtones... its not like I have much choice in the matterThose generally go between 1500$ and 2000$, with some exceptions (generally the "Guardala" branded units are the ones which bring the most $$$).
I have a B&S 2001 and I regularly trial Mark VIs from time to time. For me, the sound is very close, though not identical, and as such I never go beyond trials of MKVIs. IMHO those are great saxophones. Made in Germany but they sound nothing like a Keilwerth, more like a Selmer.
The earth tone is nice to look at when brand new but degrades badly. A lacquered or plated unit will age much better.
Didnt we already say about $2k give or take? Maybe less if its really deteriorated (unless you like that look ) Personally I dont think the finish should have a major effect on the price, so its worth what a Guardala tenor is worth.So what do you guys think a fair price on this would be?
I'm trying it out this sunday. Price is 2500. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.Didnt we already say about $2k give or take? Maybe less if its really deteriorated (unless you like that look ) Personally I dont think the finish should have a major effect on the price, so its worth what a Guardala tenor is worth.
Really the only "fair" price is whatever you thrash out as a deal... its not like there are too many other earthtone guardalas on the market to go buy instead if its the earthtone thing thats driving this... how much does he want to sell, how much do you want to buy...
Well, its not unreasonable to ask for $2500, but its maybe worth trying to haggle them down cos its really not worth that unless its in outstanding condition and set up exactly how you would wish. Is it a store selling it, or a private sale. Store prices are generally higher, you would expect them to have put something into it, and to maybe offer some after sales service should it be required. $2500 for a private sale is pushing it, unless it perfect for you.I'm trying it out this sunday. Price is 2500. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.