Re: rent or buy?
i just payed $1900 for my professional selmer super action series II (on of the top choice horns amongst classical professionals). as big of a supporter as i am for the yamaha 23, that price is absolutely rediculous. buy a used horn. but make sure you have a tech or someone who knows something about saxophones play on it first so you dont have to drop $500 into fixing it a year later. personally i dont really reccomend the woodwind horns. i have heard mixed reviews, but in my experience(which has been contradicted by many people) they dont hold up as long. also, if it retails for $800, no dealer would charge over $600 and when its been used for at least 8 years, it has depecciated more in value than that. and ask the director when the last time the horn was serviced. if its been more than ayear it is probably really out of adjustment and will take some money to get playing well. getting started on the sax is hard enough with a horn that works :)