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I wonder whether or not it really plays, if the pads are of a good quality and well installed, and what condition the rest of the horn is in (springs, corks, felts, etc), or if you're looking at having to do a partial or full restoration. Call me jaded, but I hardly ever believe anything I read on eBay, or any other on-line auction or sales site.
I was figuring 2500 total--which still seems like a great deal for a vintage King bari that looks that good. I had a close match silver King tenor and it was great.
I asked the seller about that bent-looking key, and he swears it's just the photo: looks buggered to me though?
Anyway, I'm not planning to buy...just yacking!
Yah. The 11M is a 12M with a bell that has a straight (not conical -- no pun intended) extension added so you have a low A.Low A? Nope. My 12M doesn't have it, and I don't want it. I can't justify schlepping the extra weight and sacrificing a better sound just for a note I would rarely play. To each his own...
Their opinions are influenced, of course, by demand.In my opinion -- which seems to be shared by most manufacturers, today, based on the horns that are out there
The other only reason is weight.I can't justify not getting a bari without a low A. The only reason you wouldn't want one is if you think that one of the vintage horns without a low A is so wonderful that the exclusion of this key isn't that big a deal.
I A/B'd a low A Mark VI and a low Bb Mark VI. That's a small sample, I agree, but the difference was significant.Hey, if someone went back to 1989 and offered me the minty low Bb Mark VI I played for the same price as that YBS-52 I bought, I'd be fairly conflicted, because the tone was that good.