Re: Suggestions, please, for Marching Band Tenor
i'm currently in marching band, and i recommend used yamahas, bundys, bueschers, and especially conns.
my school has an old 1960's shooting star conn. it looks terrible, but it can withstand nuclear holocaust. it can take asphalt, extreme weather temps, bleachers, accidental hard bumps, horn knocks, dropping from waist-level onto pavemant, anything. it projects well, and the key-action feels better than a yamaha we own also.
when i attend the University of Alabama next year, i will take a Conn, hands-down. just as long as u get an older model. i'd say from late 70's back. if ur buying this horn in town, or at least at a store, then have ur son check the horns out, and play all the horns that appeal to him. if he's been playing for awhile, he should be able to tell whats built solid and plays nicely. jus don't let the amount of finish on the horn be a deciding factor.
ps. you are extremely informed for a curious mother. i've seen waay worse questions on here from people that have been playing for a good while. congrats ;)