This is going to probably take me awhile, so please be patient. The most often asked question I get is, "How much is $horn worth?" I really dislike answering this question because the people asking it are generally asking it about a real piece of junk, the answer is not going to be to their liking and they're going to end up not liking me. I could do without that. So I'm going to TELL YOU how to determine how much your horn is worth. 1. Go to eBay. Register. 2. Look for *closed* ads with pictures for the same make and model instrument as yours in the same condition as yours. That last part's important. Condition can add or subtract a LOT of value. 3. You're going to want an average. Write down a list of #2. The larger the list, the better. 4. Fire up Google or your favorite search engine. Start searching dealers for the same make and model instrument as yours in the same condition as yours. Use dealers that have pictures on their websites. Aside: So, you think dealers charge too much of a premium? Nope. MOST don't. In most cases, dealers realize that eBay and other online auctions can provide about the same quality and a lot more quantity at a good price, so they've got to be competitive. This means that a dealer's horn is either a) in better condition or b) is just priced competitively. In most cases. There are still some dealerships that think that based on former clientele or based on who they have (had) working there, they can charge a premium. These places are fairly obvious. Avoid them. 5. You're going to want an average. Write down a list of #4. The larger the list, the better. 6. Add up #3 and #5. Take an average. Presto! That's how much your horn's worth. Notes: * There are the rare cases where you can't find a specific horn anywhere. I can help with those. * Here's another rule-of-thumb that works about as well as any rule of thumb: your student horn is worth squat, except if it's a Yamaha. In which case, it's worth about 1/3 what you paid for it, new. * Here's another rule-of-thumb that works about as well as any rule of thumb: your intermediate horn is worth about 1/3 what you paid for it, new. Even if you bought it in 1943 for $50. ============= Update on 08/11/2012 I realized that I've not spelled this out specifically. Sorry 'bout that: Your mouthpiece or accessory's value can exceed that of the instrument. As an example, I went to the WWBW website and looked for their highest priced one there. Almost $600. I've seen vintage mouthpieces sell for easily twice that. Not to confuse you further, but there are other 3rd party products that are out there that can be very pricey, including saxophone necks, bocals for double-reeds, necks and barrels for clarinets, etc. Now, chances are fairly low that you'll pick up a student instrument from someplace for $9.99 and there'll be a $1200 mouthpiece in the case, but it has happened before. So, just something else to look for to help you determine value. ============= Update on 05/21/2012 So, what if you're just trying to find a horn in the $x to $y price range? 1. Open eBay. Click on the Advanced search link. It's in the upper right corner. 2. In the "Enter keywords or item number" box, enter something generic, like "sax" or "sax*" 3. Optional, but recommended, for "In this category:" choose "Musical Instruments and Gear." I recommend this because you'll find a lot of clothing (Gunne Sax, to be specific) and other non-instrumental things. 4. Check either "Title and description" or "Completed listings" under "Search including." The former selection will allow you to find stuff that's currently available and the latter will give you an historical viewpoint for value. 5. Under "Price," check the box for "Show items priced from" and enter some dollar amounts. Everything else is optional. When you've finished making selections, hit the "Search" button at the bottom of the page. ============= Update on 10/18/2008: If you want me to evaluate your horn and give you an idea of how much it's worth, you MUST send me pictures, as requested on this thread. I also ask that you PayPal me a donation (in whatever amount).