Buying my first sax: Yamaha YAS-52 or Yanagisawa 900?
Hello. I've played guitar for nearly 30 years, but I'm new to sax. I've been playing for a month on a borrowed sax, and I've been making good progress. Unfortunately, my local tech and my teacher both agree that the sax I've borrowed isn't going to last very long; it needs much more work than it's worth. I'm looking to buy my first sax, but I want one that will last a long time.
The second is a Yamaha YAS-52. I've found a few of these. One is in "flawless condition" for $1000. I have found another in very good condition with a Meyer 5 mouthpiece for $800. The third of the 52's I found was listed in good condition with a Selmer C* mouthpiece for $950.
The third (admittedly, it's a bit of a long shot) is a Theo Wanna Shakita prototype (it doesn't have the model name engraved on it). It's in great condition for $1000.
The Yanagisawa and the $800 Yamaha have 30-day return policies; the others come as-is. I'm leaning toward the two with return policies, but which one? Is the Yanagisawa that much better an option? Is the Selmer mouthpiece worth that much more than the Meyer? Which would you choose?
Thank you for your help.