Determine the value of a saxophone by comparing it with used saxophones on sale from various second-hand outlets or by consulting with a chart such as the one on SaxValue.org or Saxophone.org. Determine whether the saxophone is meant for student, intermediate or professional use and whether it is in like-new or worn condition, particularly in the action of its keys.
SaxValue.org offers saxophone owners and purchasers a comprehensive list of price ranges informed by median prices of online saxophone sales. The chart is organized by brand, using model names and serial numbers to ascertain exact types of saxophones and their correlating value. Certain brands of saxophone, such as Selmer, retain their value very well even when not in good condition. Typically, student models cost less than intermediate ones, while professional saxophones occupy the upper price ranges due to the quality of the materials used, their tonal characteristics and the quality of their key mechanisms.
To determine the value of a saxophone, it is necessary to determine the condition of the saxophone's mechanical keys. A saxophone with missing or damaged keys is significantly less valuable than one with functional key mechanisms, even if the quality is generally poor. Saxophones that have been replated generally represent a high value, but the process is expensive and typically reserved for instruments of very high quality.
To use the chart on Saxophone.org to determine the value of a saxophone, ascertain the brand and serial number of the saxophone in question, and compare it with the model shown in the chart. Compare the price of that particular model using a digital marketplace such as eBay to determine an accurate market price for the used instrument.