Re: Stephanhouser zas500lq
Never heard of the brand mentioned above. Im with you on this, I generally prefer to stick with horns that have a known reputation.
The Yamaha you mentioned is a great choice, a great and very reliable student model.
Look further down this forum for a thread called "jim's list of approved saxophone brands" and give it a read to give you a ton of good info on what is commonly acceptable and good for a begining player.
If you are intrested, I have a Selmer Bundy II alto sax, another good student horn for sale for a good deal. drop me line if you're intrested or if you've got any questions, we'd love to help you out here on the forum!