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    Default Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    I have a worn bundy II alto sax. It has a slightly bent body/neck and old pads.

    The bent body resulted from me being stupidly frustrated with my tone when I was a beginner.

    So im asking if is it really worth overhauling it?????

    Ive seen overhaul prices for alto sax at around $450.

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    Distinguished SOTW Member/Contributor 2010 trice's Avatar
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    No.

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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    Definitely no
    I think you can buy another in good conditions on ebay for the half overhaul price
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    These are a very functional student level instrument when well adjusted. Just guessing that your frustration level and bent body damage could have been avoided if it had been playing at 100%. These sell in music stores in my area for about $300 in good condition. My repad price is less than 450, so repairing the horn purely as a monetary standpoint will depend on where you live. If you want a newer horn with more modern key work get a student Yamaha, or if you're into the vintage Conn sound look for a used one on e-bay and have it repadded.
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    Just sold our Bundy II for $250 locally.
    Pictures to show the condition, it was a (student) player.
    Came with the case, Yamaha 4C mpc & stand.

    Unless it's a "Bundy ii Special", which I have read is a different beast, the answer has to be no, find a good used alto.

    slausonm, I am presuming $450 is more than a repad as the neck would have to be fixed.

    Shoot, for the $450 price of the overhaul, plus whatever you can get for the Bundy II, I would think you could pick up a very decent YAS-23 or similar sax.

    FWIW- There are 2 other local listings for Bundy IIs, one for $300 & another for $350.
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    I have a much higher opinion of Bundy II's than most, as I have one which feels and plays great. But, good playable ones are readily available for less money than you would spend on a complete overhaul. So, unless you are particularly attached to it, the advice to buy another one or spend that money on something like a YAS-23 (which is universally respected) makes sense.
    My Bundy II was a gift from my wife, and it plays really, maybe unusually, well. I would consider overhauling it.
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    No.
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    No. Maybe a Bundy I that was good cosmetically and intonation wise.

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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    No. There are many other horns out there that will give you greater reward for the same budget.
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saxman96 View Post
    The bent body resulted from me being stupidly frustrated with my tone when I was a beginner.
    Ouch! That was an expensive fit. Maybe next time you should just stomp your feet.

    Look at the bright side - you've justified buying a new horn!
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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    Quote Originally Posted by hornfixer View Post
    No.
    Thanks for your advice. I asked here on SOTW because I was considering doing it, but I changed my mind. I dont want to be wasting my money. At least my bundy II plays well.

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    Default Re: Is it worth giving my Bundy II Alto an overhaul?

    In general I agree it's not worth it. I've only ever overhauled one Bundy II saxophone. It wasn't really an overhaul, but pretty close, a major repair. I recommended the owner not to do it because it wasn't worth it and explained why. They thought about it for a while and considered any alternative of replacing/upgrading the saxophone. Eventually it turned out that at least in this area, any option other than repair would cost significantly more than they could spend on a saxophone. In addition, for whatever reason the player liked this particular saxophone. So repair was the best option in this case.

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