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in august i might win a £1200 bursary for an alto, so far i have these possibilities:

2 silver plate chu berrys
conn large bore chu
relacquered 6m,
buescher true tone
lewin martin handcraft stencil
keilworth ex-90
or a selmer model 26

which would you go for?
 

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Call me dim-witted but I had to look up the word "bursary".

Main Entry: bur·sa·ry
Pronunciation: 'b&r-s&-rE, 'b&rs-rE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ries
Etymology: Medieval Latin bursaria, from bursa
1 : the treasury of a college or monastery
2 British : a monetary grant to a needy student : SCHOLARSHIP

Why not a new horn?
 

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its getting money for a needy student pretty much,
i think with 1200 you can get more for a vintage horn,
 

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I don't get it. You already have an SBA alto and now you're getting a grant to buy another alto? What's wrong with the SBA? Are you going to flip the horn(s) or just keep as backup?
 

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SearjeantSax said:
i think with 1200 you can get more for a vintage horn,
Absolutely right on that point. I'll take a great vintage horn over a new one in any case!

But there is no way we can answer your question, without knowing the playing condition of all the horns you list. Can you play-test them? I'd try several of them and pick the one that plays best. Bfoster64 has a point. Are you looking for a back-up horn? Seems like it would be hard to beat a SBA....
 

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i entered this last year before i thought about the sba and i have to get another alto now with the money, so its a free back up,
i will try and change it to a tenor since i am only using a school tenor at the moment.
i got my eye on a buescher 400
 

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SearjeantSax said:
i will try and change it to a tenor since i am only using a school tenor at the moment.
i got my eye on a buescher 400
Now you're talking!!
 

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Now that I've got four good horns, A/T/B/S, I feel downright spoiled. I played them all at a gig on Friday and the crowd loved it. I would definitely recommend filling out your arsenal before looking for a backup alto. Sounds like a great opportunity for you. Good luck!
 
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