OK, deed is done. Really not sure if this is a good one, but it was reaching out to me...
It's an Ida Maria Grassi "Made in Italy" Tenor, S/N 32257 (1976). Ribbed construction. No dents. A little tarnishing. Owned last 18 years. Stored for 3 years at home so will no doubt need some fettling....
This time (worried) you tell me what I should have paid for it? Seller tells me she thinks it a MkIII model but I can't find any reference to this as a model. I think it's a Grassi Student model but the ribbed construction and hand engraving may be a clue to those in the know?
How did I do this time, forgetting the price for a moment?
Don't panic. Played the Buffet this morning. Russian Tenor a few days ago. Yamaha is newly set up and up for sale here. Beaugnier awaits a purchaser too. Carmichael Tenor now set up awaiting collection from the tech next Tuesday.
Maybe I should keep the Beaugnier and Grassi and sell the Buffet? I've a feeling the Grassi will disappoint in its elderly ergos. Still, as has been said, once I sell 'em all I can buy a high end horn! What would you lot do for entertainment then, eh?
The main difference I can see is the improved body to bell brace as mentioned in the history posted above in the one on ebay. The later models did not have the ring attached directly to the body of the sax where your pictures have that. According to the history, when Grassi tried to improve the horns from the standard, they stopped soldering the ring directly to the body.
It does look nice. If you're keeping this one, it doesn't matter what model it is as long as you love the feel and sound. Are you going to tell us how much it cost, and whether you employed your legendary bargaining skills?