Re: thanks, connnsaxman_jim
I'm not a big fan of Bundy horns. They are fairly well made for an inexpensive horn, but as definition said, they sound best when being run over by a truck! The Conn 16M is probably one of the best tenors to start out on. They're a very solid, well built horn with good intonation and they play very well. The Conn 6M alto is hands down my favorite for a beginner. These horns have the underslung octive key (placed on the bottom of the neck) which helps protect the key from being damaged. They're a very solid built horn.
As for the Monique, they're better than some of the imported Asian made saxophones that I've seen, but they are definately a beginner model. I recently played a Monique soprano, and I thought that it played well for an inexpensive horn. In the same price range, I'd consider an EM Winston over a Monique.