Yamaha YAS-23 Alto Sax - $600

These older YAS-23s were made in Japan to a very high standard (unlike the current crop of Yamaha student models.)  These earlier Japanese Yamahas have developed a reputation as "sleepers" as they play fantastically well and are extremely durable, reliable, and hold their value on the used market extraordinarily well.  This makes them a great choice for a high quality student instrument, as well as a second "road" horn for a professional.  Just inspected and adjusted, this one comes with a Yamaha mouthpiece, a Hercules sax stand, and a folding music stand, rounding out a nice starter kit for the new owner.