Re: Used Alto for a beginner
I met a gentleman today who has an older horn sitting around that got only 1 or 2 years of play by his son before the kid gave up. He didn't have any information on it, but I am supposed to get the info tomorrow.
I will be personally reviewing the horn within the next day or two, so - basically - what I'm offering is my expertise in identifying the quality of the horn first-hand. I was going to look at it simply to give him an idea of what it might be worth as he's looking to sell it, but if you'd like, I'd be happy to play matchmaker.
I'm not in the market for an alto unless this horn is a major find, but he bought it through a dealer at his son's school, so I'm assuming it's simply a decent student model horn like a Bundy II or a Yamaha YAS21/23 or something along those lines.
I told him I would help him sell it, so I may even take pictures and help him sell it here or on SOTW. If the horn needs some tweaking or pad work, I can also offer my services to get it in top condition.
If this horn is indeed a Bundy II or a Yamaha YAS23, then I'd say it is probably at the top of your price range if it's in great condition - usually with typical "school wear", these horns are worth anywhere from $125 to $200. If it's truly a "closet horn", then I'll advise him to sell it for no less than $300 so long as it's in playable condition with no repairs needed.