Re: Pricing on Tenor Sax?
Renting is probably the best way to go in your case, I think for several reasons:
1) if you decide it's not for you, you've only lost the cost of rent.
2) the horn you get should be in suitable condition for a beginner as it's been in the hands of a technician. A person beginning on an instrument really needs a quality horn in good adjustment to avoid dissapointment and setbacks. Bottom-dollar cheap horns typically don't come well adjusted and become worse in a short time by developing leaks due to weak mechanisms and having corks and felts fall off, etc.
when looking to purchase your own horn, I would suggest getting something used, but in good condition. A competent teacher can help you with this. Also, take lessons!