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So I was at a local music store today looking for some sheet music when I started chatting up the guy behind the counter, talking saxes. They had a couple Bundy II's FS (altos), but that was about it. After telling him that I have a silver plated 6M (it's an VIII, but he's a percussionist... so just "6M") from 1945, he told me that there was a silver plated 10M on consignment. So I took a look.

SN: 282xxx, SP with GW bell, pro tec gig bag/case... and get this... a Dave Guardala mouthpiece as well. It was a silver plated (I believe) studio model, but it looks like someone had taken a Dremel tool to the baffle. I just had my cell phones with me, but two of them messed up, so the worst one was the only one I could use for pictures. I'll try to get those put up shortly.

Well, the horn itself seems to have about 95-99% silver plating intact. There are a few mismatched pads, but most of those seem to be non-reso-pads... the resos on it (i'd say 85% of 'em are resos) look to be in pretty good shape. I had my kids with me (2 and 5, hard enough keeping them entertained long enough for me to look at this horn), so I didn't get to play it. However, it's been on consignment since June, and I don't think it's going anywhere. There had been a guy (maybe one of the techs?) say that no one would buy it at the listed price.

It would need a little work, the G# trill key wouldn't engage for I'd say about 10mm, it felt quite sloppy. Another thing, one side of the guard/guide for the octave mechanism at the top of the body was completely gone (this is where that 1-2% of missing plating comes into play...) I'm sure it'll play fine without it, and it is already missing the original case, so the resale value is already down a notch or two. (The DG mpc DOES have the original box, however.)

It would need a little polishing, a few pads, and a general tune-up, but there is a good tech who specializes in saxophones around here who would take care of 'er, I just know this would add a couple hundred bucks to the price. (He's getting my 6M-VIII for a tear-down/polish/tune-up here in about 2-3 weeks...)

So they're asking 1800$ for the horn, mpc, pro-tec bag. I don't have a tenor mpc at all (never owned a tenor, but I marched one in college... I have a feeling that even though I've been on alto for 14 years, I may be a tenor man at heart). The horn needs a couple hundred bucks of work (from the looks of it, again I haven't played it yet), the mpc could probably be sent to Mojo to see if it could be saved...

I don't really have the $$$ for it right now, but since I've recently gotten back into playing (in a good community band now, but we've picked up two more alto players in the past few weeks, and we lost our tenor player til marching season is over (a band director's job is tireless, no?)), I've been wanting to get a matching horn to go with my 6M I've had for about 10 years. I know this one is a little older (I was really hoping for another 312xxx horn, but that search could take quite awhile), but who knows... it could be fate throwing me a bone.

The shop owner should be calling me early next week to talk about it, and to see if the horn's owner (an older gentleman who may or may not be a motivated seller) may be a little flexible in the price. Who knows...

What do you guys think?

**BRENT**
 

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sounds good but still try to push the price down from the bits of damage and other things, but it is still quite cheap for a 10m
 

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Buy it. It should be a monster player, and even if not, you can have it repaired, polish it, and easily sell it for 3k on ebay.
 

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Here is a pic of the mpc. It's not great, but you MAY can make out some of the mpc destruction.



Yeah, that's all just bare brass, and you make out the asymmetricalness of the botch job as well. Poor thing... think anyone can fix it?

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I can't tell from the pic, but if that's a handmade DG (with the pink biteplate), PLUS a very collectible if not perfect 10m for $1800, it's a good deal in my mind. It looks from the pic like the rails and tip are intact, and I'm sure that any good mouthpiece refacer could bring it back... Heck, Phil Barone recently turned a half-finished Guardala ingot into a finished product recently, a little clean-up is nothing for these guys.

Even if you don't keep the DG, you can probably recoup a good chunk of your purchase price from selling it...

And that 10m will probably be great once it gets some love from a good tech. Make an offer and negotiate, but this is a good opportunity I think.

PEte
 
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