Re: SAXAPHONE PURCASE
I started on tenor and had no problems as a fifth grader learning on tenor. I think its entirely up to the individual as to whether alto or tenor would be better to learn on. My honest opinion is play the horn that you hear in your head. If you're drawn to the tenor sound then play tenor. If you're drawn to the alto sound then play alto. Especially as an adult, you won't have issues regarding size. The only limitation some young beginners have on tenor is that its just simply too big.
As for the DC Pro. Yes, I've played on this sax and we've seen them come through the repair shop. Its a decent student model saxophone but it doesn't come very well set up from what we've seen. If you can get into one for $500 or under then its probably an OK purchase. However, my personal opinion is that a good old American made King 613 or 60's vintage Buescher Aristocrat or 400 would be head and shoulders better if set up and ready to go. But if you're set on getting a new horn the DC Pro is about as good as anything else in that price range. Just make sure it comes with a maintenance warranty. We've had issues with pearls falling off and as stated above the setup has not been very good from what we've seen. So, it may need to be serviced to maintain proper regulation.