Furthermore, vintage guitars cost FAR more than vintage saxes.Check the listings at Gruhn's in Nashville sometime: it's enough to make your hair stand on end. (I just looked at a 1969 Brazilian rosewood Martin: a cool $19,000. And that's just high average!)DanF said:Sounds good until you price some guitars. Some are about like a sax. Pick up a WWBW catalog and price a trumpet. Like buying a Ref 54. A Taylor 46 Magnum Max is $5100. I know nothing about trumpets but at least a sax has alot more moving parts to help justify it's price but a trumpet has 3 valves......... go figure. (I said I knew nothing about trumpets, maybe I just proved it )
That's a bunch of horse hocky! When are we going to be judged on the merits of our playing, rather than the instrument we play?Steve P said:its a good 'audition' instrument. She may win a job on it, but they could very well tell her she has to buy a better instrument to be in the orchestra.
But that's the way the system works. You do what it takes to get and keep the gig.JCBigler said:That's a bunch of horse hocky! When are we going to be judged on the merits of our playing, rather than the instrument we play?
The average orchestral salary in this country is not sufficient to justify requiring a person to own an instrument that costs more than they make in a year. Any orchestra that requires their people to play on a certain make or model of instrument, as a qualification of employment needs to be shut down. There's no room for that kind of economic discrimination in a free country like ours!
Carl H. said:They mortgage for regular paying gigs, not for toys for one off jobs.
"Promoting the American economy" (whatever that means) will not make quality saxes cheap. Nor should it. And as the discussion above on orchestral string instruments indicates, saxes are really not all that expensive, especially when you consider the labor that goes into making them, or the fact that the great vintage instruments of the past are no longer being made. Some saxes (MKVI anyone?) are overpriced compared to all the rest, but that's a different issue.ChuBerry47 said:1. Uncle Sam, Not helping the american people promote the economy by raising taxes.
And 2: Cheap people go over to other countries ("Chi-Cough!-na, Cough, Tai-Cough!-wan, Cough! Cough!") to make their horns, and then our horns become more expensive because they lose money from the cheap people!:x :? :!:shock: :evil: