Saxophones Need Some Advice on Buying a New Alto

Android3q

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I've had my Shooting Star Conn alto for seven years, but it is a student horn and the intonation has been steadily getting worse this past year, and I need a new one. I've taken it to a repair shop, but I was told nothing can be done. I need to find an alto that will be good enough for a college player, but is still a good value. Can anyone recommend brands or models?
 
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I was hoping to spend under $2000. Tomorrow, I'm scheduled to have another repair place look at it so I'll know for sure then.
 

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I was hoping to spend under $2000. Tomorrow, I'm scheduled to have another repair place look at it so I'll know for sure then.
I take it you are not UK based then. Here in the UK there's a wide range of fine horns up to that price but I don't know the US market at all. Will you buy new or consider second-hand?

Can you get hold of Bauhaus Walstein in the US, a lot recommend those here and they start at around £400 with a pro model at less than £1000. Also the P Mauriat horns are popular. Check out the previous thread as suggested.
 

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Can you get hold of Bauhaus Walstein in the US, a lot recommend those here and they start at around £400 with a pro model at less than £1000. Also the P Mauriat horns are popular. Check out the previous thread as suggested.
There is a US outlet for Bauhaus Walsteins, which I found on another thread: http://justsaxes.com/bauhauswalstein.html

I've got the phosphor bronze tenor and it's fantastic value. The alto also gets great reviews and is retailing at $899 from this site.
 

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I was hoping to spend under $2000. Tomorrow, I'm scheduled to have another repair place look at it so I'll know for sure then.
In the US market, there is a lot of good music stores where to go to check and try and where there is a great deal of used Yamahas or other primarily brands for that price.

Also, you can check on ebay, keeping in mind that you will have to spend some money on your new acquisition for inspection and, maybe, repairs. In my case, I has been lucky with my two sax purchases on ebay.

Take your time and you'll find the best for your needs.
 
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