Re: Blessings saxophone, Yamaha and Antigua Winds
The Yamaha 23 or the Vito (Japan) version is a solid choice for a beginning student. If you get a Vito (Japan) instrument be sure that it is really a Japanese-made instrument and not one of the inferior quality Taiwanese copies that Vito sold during the 1980s and 1990s. It should have "JAPAN" stamped on it. Yamaha also holds its resale value well. The high F# key isn't important at this stage of the game.
Antigua is a relatively new company that sells Taiwanese-made instruments. Word is that their current products are solid but their early products not so much. You might be able to find a good deal on a used one, but you'd have to do a little extra legwork to make sure you're not getting one of their inferior early ones. Jupiter is the same way (they used to be Vito's cheap source).
Blessing never manufactured their own saxophones and they've been bottom-feeding for their sources for over 50 years. $600 actually seems a little high for a used one.