Ok. I actually asked about this sax about a year ago and decided to hold onto it for a year and ended up not using it at all (I wasn't in wind ensemble, and I play tenor in Jazz). The sax is three years old. I bought the sax for 1,450 new. It saw almost everyday use its first year while I was still only playing the alto, but after I picked up the tenor, I haven't really been playing it. I hadn't played it in almost a year until I started auditioning for my university's Jazz Band, in which I am now the lead alto. I'm sure you can see why I want to get a new alto.
The sax I want to get a "quote" on is a Yamaha YAS 23 Alto Sax, serial # 161xxx. It has 99% lacquer (epoxy) and very few scratches. The octave key has lost its finish in a very small .25 cm diameter. The stock neck has 99% lacquer as well, and has no scratches. The mouthpiece is the 4C stock and is in almost new condition, though I probably will buy a new one to sell with the sax. I had it serviced by Alto Music in Monsey, NY the week of August 18 and small realignments were made. The sax was also polished for free!
Anyways, the sax plays up and down the register, no leaks. Altissimo range is excellent, up to Altissimo F chromatically is possible since I can do it on the sax, though each player is different (*note*, this altissimo range is based on the 4C mpc...with my yani metal I can go a little higher). Pads are in great condition. All screws are present and accounted for...tension wires are all tense. Guards are not bent in any way. The "B" key gets a little sticky after about 4 hrs straight use (found this out while i was practicing for my audition), but this goes away if you use the "dollar bill" method or that nice paper which yamaha makes.
The sax will be sold in its Yamaha case, though the case is a little scuffed on the outside and the "pleather" on the outside is loose on one side.
I will most probably be selling the sax on this site, as I'm trying to get a good price for the sax, but I also do not want to get cheated. I'm looking for something in the vicinity of $850-900 but I wanted to check first if this was a good asking price first. It was appraised at $750 for a buyback, and at $950 for a trade in, but I'm looking to buy a kessler, which they do not stock, so I want to try here and see what I can get.
So please, give me your $.02, and tell me what you think I can get for it. I will post links to pictures of the sax and its case as soon as I can get my hands on a camera.
On another note, I also have a tenor sax Pro Tec case which was bought new and never used. Its valued at $125, so what would be a good asking price on that as well.
I want to get this sold asap, so please respond asap on what you think the sax is valued
*EDIT* Also, does anyone know if Dave Kessler does trade ins and how much he might do a trade in for this sax?
**EDIT2** I've been playing the sax for almost 11 years and have been through 3 altos and 2 tenors, so I know what I'm talking about with the lacquer and such