I joined a cover/classic rock band last weekend. No recording contract in sight but I'm looking forward to playing with people and doing some gigs in NJ and PA. I'm old, business sucks, and this should be lots of fun. Cheaper and safer than more traditional midlife crisis outlets as well! I'm playing rhythm, a little lead, and some vocals. From third grade through college I played saxophone and in college sat first chair tenor in the UF Jazz Ensemble. For no particularly good reason, I haven't picked up a sax more than twice since then (28 years). I decided to pick it up again after all these years to add another contribution to the band. My horn was old and never very good so I went out searching for an instrument. With a budget of $1K, my options were (a) a vintage horn by a good but not great maker with a bit of a gamble on playability out of the box; (b) a gently used or perhaps new "professional grade" saxes from one of many importers of Taiwanese horns, or (c) a used student grade instrument from a good manufacturer (Yamaha being my first option here). I decided on going vintage and after doing some research and spending time on the saxophonist's version of tgp (www.saxontheweb.net) bought a 1951 "The Martin" "Committee" model off their emporium. It's on its way from Chicago. Pics below. Anybody else revisit their old glory in this way? If so, was it a successful attempt? Would love to hear how it went.