Re: Introduction and question on Yamaha YTS 61 Tenor
The Yamaha YTS 61 is a great sax. It's a pro model horn. It was replaced by the YTS 62. They play very well, have excellent intonation, and they hold together very well too.
I have purchased a few horns on ebay, and all but one of them (out of 10) were as stated and arrived in good condition. Unfortunately, a lot of the horns sold on ebay are misrepresented, and many people seem to know very little about them, and rather they are even playable or not. I would ask the seller how long he or she has owned the horn, if it was used by a band student, if it was repadded or had any repair since they have owned it, if there are any dings or dents, does it come with a case, mouthpiece, etc.
Expect to spend some money on adjustments and a few pads. Chances are, the horn is going to need at lease a few minor adjustments.