Help with student sax
About 5 - 6 years ago, we bought my son a used alto sax to play in the school band. Without knowing if he would stick with it, I didn't want to invest too much. At the same time I didn't want to buy him junk. After some research, we ended up buying an old used Bundy. This sax had seen better days, but after a complete tune-up we thought we had a decent sax for a reasonable price. Flash forward several years, a local sax teacher said his sax 'was a clunker'. I dismissed his comments as maybe just being an elitist. To our untrained ears, he sounded OK practicing at home. And now to the present... He's still playing the sax in the HS band. He knows money is tight and doesn't complain, but has expressed issues with the saxophone. My question is... what, if any of the issues can be corrected with another tune-up and/or repair and what issues can only be fixed with a replacement sax. First issue is the "D" note tends to be accompanied by a weird 'metallic' sound no matter the octave. Second, tonal quality is not as good as his peers saxophones. And lastly, he says he can't get the low notes to play. He says when he plays a low note, it's just air and then will jump an octave. He doesn't believe it's his ability b/c he was able to get those notes on a Yamaha rental he used for a short time. I look forward to hearing you thoughts. We are really hoping not to spend too much, but at the same time we want him to enjoy playing.