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by spazzynerd
(1 post)
8 months ago

How Cheap is too Cheap?

I played Alto for the last coupleof years and I'm looking at buying a tenor. I found some used ones that are under $500, but is that too cheap? I found brands like Atuigua Winds, Conn 10M, and Bundy II. I'm not too picky, I play a 40 year old flute, but Tenor Saxophones are new territory and I don't know what price range I should be looking at. 

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  1. by kelsey
    (815 posts)

    8 months ago

    Re: How Cheap is too Cheap?

    I started on clarinet in the 4th grade. My parents found an old metal clarinet from an older girl who had quit taking band classes. My Band Director at the time was the exception to the fine band directors I've known since, he didn't know or just didn't care that the horn my parents had purchased didn't work. Looking back now I believe that the pads were leaking badly. My progress on the horn was a no starter. This is why I say to you, get someone to play (check out) any horn you are considering before you buy it. A saxophone overhaul can run in the hundreds.

    Barry Kelsey

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    1. by Saxquest
      (320 posts)

      8 months ago

      Re: How Cheap is too Cheap?

      Sadly, the older 4th grade girl may have stuck with music had she not had a leaky metal clarinet. Kudos to you for keeping with it!!! Couldn't agree more with the idea of getting kids good equipment!!

      Cheers,
           Mark Overton
           www.saxquest.com

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      1. by kelsey
        (815 posts)

        7 months ago

        Re: How Cheap is too Cheap?

        Mark, I have been a professional musician (saxophone and flute), a music producer, an arranger and composer and a music teacher over the last 50 years. I still hate the clarinet.

        Barry Kelsey

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