Re: Alto Sax and Equipment Questions
wouldnt really go for cannonball if i was you. they play wonderful, but their fit and finish and reliablility are not that great. yanagisawas are pretty good, and I think olegs are pretty good too. for oleg, you have to google it, and custom order it from the oleg site, but I have seen people get it for 3.5 grand to 4.5 grand.
considering the recession, it is no doubt that prices will inflate. I heard selmer is intending to inflate the price again, which sucks. selmers are great horns, but I am not willing to pay 3.5-4k for selmers, unless its a mark 6 or a really clean mark 7.
I do like the fact that selmers and yanagisawas provide decent mouthpieces from start (maybe oleg too, but look it up and lemme know). regarding new saxes, selmer provides s80 c* (supersession for reference) and yanis offer the size 5 yanagisawa hard rubber mouthpiece, i think. If you buy them new, these mouthpiece will be good start, and will continue to be decent backups when you eventually find your setup.
IF you do not want to spend money, you can find older yamaha 61 and 62 for 2 grand or less. hope this helps.