Martins, hands down
It'd help if we knew exactly how much "not much" is. Buescher 140's can be found in good playing shape for under a grand, and they're marvelous horns. I've never tried a Martin Indiana alto, but the tenor I just picked up is every bit as good as folks said it would be. Conn NWII or Tranny.Do you have any ideas of what Altos should I consider?
he said he sold his tenor and I was willing to bet it was a newer model, though maybe not.So he said he sold his YAS-62 because it's too much horn to be sitting around, and you recommend a YAS-62. Nice
Just one of the many opinions expressed on this thread.A purple logo/mk1 alto will get you back to the 80s, is cheap, and will take you much further than a bundy or Indiana.
He said he sold his YAS-62 because he is mainly a tenor player. I understand your confusion though.he said he sold his tenor and I was willing to bet it was a newer model, though maybe not.
A purple logo/mk1 alto will get you back to the 80s, is cheap
That one looks good, but could require full overhaul/servicing.These are neat, especially time capsule ones:
MARTIN COMMITTEE SEARCHLIGHTS OR SKYSCRAPER ALTO SAXOPHONE, 1937, CASE, CLEAN | eBay
Maybe once upon a time - less commonly these days - not that easy finding a decent one of the right vintage at an agreeable price but yes - their potential is fabulous if you're not dependent upon modern mechanics. A Tone to 'almost' die for.Buescher True Tones can usually be bought at real bargain prices and are great instruments.
I think you are talking about the Aristocrat that has the same body as a 400. You can also get a pre-Selmer buyout 400 that is actually a "Buescher 400" relatively inexpensively too. Look for the amber rollers, and whether it has snap-in pads and Norton springs.You can get one of the franken-Bueschers that are late in the pre-Selmer buyout run that have elements of both the 400 and the Aristocrat for really cheap and those things are great players. Just really fun to play.
I have a Martin CIII tenor too, and it's great, but i would not trade my Aristocrat alto for anything.Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I guess I will be looking at some Martins too. I used to have a tenor and indeed had a great tone.