Re: I need a question answered by an expert.
A little over a hundred dollars for an overhaul? Are you kiddng me? A good tenor overhaul runs around $700!
Is this a Buescher sax made in Elkhart or an Elkhart stencil made by Buescher? If it is a Buescher sax such as a True Tone model, it's definately worth putting some money into. The Elkhart and other stencils are not worth as much to resell, but they're great players.
The overhaul price they quoted you is too cheap. The pads and material alone would cost more than $100. A competent tech could repair the key and cage easy enough. Overhauled, a Buescher True Tone is worth $1000-$1200. A stencil would be worth $750-$950. Even figuring $700 for repairs, you couldn't buy a better sax for that!