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i just bought a king 613 sax at a yard sale for 20$ with the king hardcase and all ....it's serial # is 850567.its pretty scatched up and rough around the edges...needs a reed and a good looking over...what can you tell me about it? age? value?...i'm not looking to sell it...want to play around with it...i play guitar now. thanks!

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Ryan

The King 613 was Kings basic student model starter horn. They are good for beginners and can take a bit of abuse before having to go to the shop. I believe these were discontinued sometime in the 1990's

As far as it's age I would estimate yours was made in the early to mid 1980's. If properly re padded and in playable condition it might have a value in the $300 to $500 range. If it was in mint condition without any scratches or defects, it might go for $600 to $750. So getting it re-padded and fixed up to be played would be worth it if you plan to use it for a few years. As you only paid $20 you might be able to turn it now for a small profit. However if you plan to fix it up to sale than sadly you would not make a profit on this as the cost of the re-pad would be close to what you could sale it for.

I hope this helps and if there is any more I can do, please let me know.

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questions regarding equipment, performance, repairs, lessons, etc. Almost all saxophone related questions.

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I am a professional member of N.A.P.B.I.R.T (National Association of Professional Band Instruments Repair Technicians). I have been repairing saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and brass instruments since 1993. I perform in several professional groups covering genres form classical, jazz, and rock.

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