Re: Chinese saxophones
As a music educator for 32 years and a professional woodwind repair tech, I have a somewhat different view on this subject than jerryyo.
My experience has been that young students should be given every possible advantage when first learning to play an instrument not be saddled with the disadvantage of a poorly made, unreliable, and out of tune saxophone.
Most music stores rent the Yamaha 23, Bundy II. or comparable well made student saxophones for beginning players at reasonable rates. If the parents find that their student has no aptitude or real interest in music they are not out a large investment. If the student stays in music, they can apply the rental to purchasing the instrument. If the student is very talented that name brand student instrument has a trade in value when it comes time to purchase a more professional instrument.
The $200 saxophone is in the same category as the inexpensive CD player. You use it till it stops working then you throw it away and buy another one because it costs more to fix than it is worth.