I want to sell my son's saxophone/alto/vito-LEbLANC. It's 5 years old. I rent-to-own and made the last payment. Total cost to music store $850 to $950. I want to sell it to someone in the school band but, don't know what to ask for it. It's in good condition and I had the music store do a minor repair, no rust,pads are good,scrathes on the gold looking coating. Please give me an idea how much I should ask for it. Thank you

Mike - Here's the sad truth about this particular used student's worth between $200 (in fair condition) to maybe $400 (if it's in VERY good condition). If you do a quick search on e-bay you'll see just about price in between.  

So, by you selling your horn to someone "in the school band" you might argue that there is convenience for them and thus you can save them shipping, but the truth is, they can go right to your local shop and "rent to own" for a brand new one that is under some sort of warranty...and the cycle continues on and on...

Student horns are very much like cars, as soon as they are driven out of the shop, they lose their value. If you are the parent of a band kid, you might want to save this horn for them to use in marching band.  Otherwise, I'm afraid it's going to be tricky to try and recoup most of the 'own' portion you put in.  


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Eugene Cantera


I have been a music educator for over 25 years and have taught on many levels from young children and school agers on through to college level, professional players and senior citizens. My main areas of expertise are saxophone(s) though I have taught many instruments including, guitar, bass, piano, oboe and drums to name a few. I have also done research on horns both vintage and new.


I have been in music education for 25 years and I have written and published in the subject of professional music education.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Marketing and Higher Education Newsletter.

Bachelor of Music Education, Hartt School of Music - The University of Hartford.

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