Hiya peeps, I'm new to this site but sure enjoy looking at all the cool horns they have available. I'm playing a Yamaha 575 Tenor which I got new a couple of years ago when my trusty old King Super 20 started falling apart from general road wear.
So I'd been needing an alto to switch to for bop and the Parker stuff; a friend loaned me their Bundy II alto that's been beat up pretty good, looks like Junior High took its toll there. I've got to say that the thing is pretty darn impressive- I've used it on about 30 gigs by now and have had some good moments. I'm now buying my own Bundy.
Just BTW, I once owned a mid-50's Mark VI alto, and used an old Martin that was nice too. So, I suppose I would have to say that the price and status are not everything, if the horn is a "player" then it's a go for me.
Wow, you are the first person I've ever heard from using a Bundy on live gigs, as those do have a less-than-fantabulous reputation, especially when compared to the Selmer Mark Vi and the other vintage horns out there.
I admire your open-mindedness to do what sounds best and tossing away conventional wisdom. As Duke Ellington said, "If it sounds good, it IS good."
If that horn does it for you,then that is all that matters.Everybody spouts off about MarkVI, and other fancy horns, but some of the "cheaper" horns can sound just as good in the right players hands.Keep it up!