Re: has any one heard of a deura saxophone
A Selmer tenor for under $1000? Go for a Bundy II. Great horns, and built like tanks. A playable one in good condition would run somewhere between $500 and $700. If it needs to be overhauled or repadded, it might be in the $300 to $500 range. They're inexpensive because they are common - not because they are inferior.
If you're willing to "go vintage", I would also recommend Conn 10M's. In similar condition, they would run about $300-$800 more than the Bundy II, but are more collectable and have well-revered sound. Again - cheap because they are common - not cheaply built (though I would avoid the 1970's Mexi-Conns).
Both horns I mention don't come with a high F#, but if you're looking to get away for under $1000, you shouldn't care about that. I never missed being without a high F# on my 10M. High F# is written more commonly for alto/soprano parts anyways.