I’ve just bought a ‘curvie Bb soprano’ on ebay – very expensive, but as an impulse buy probably worth it… I was tempted when magginisupplies were knocking them out for £99, but £50 for a curvie ? I’m sure I can easily fix the small neck problem ! All the other purchasers have left reasonable feedback, and I have a Blessing flute tucked away somewhere, and they are (were..) a sensible make.
Obviously Chinese, and it’s ‘dumping time’ somewhere, for used Blessing curvies…
The listing says " They come with a case and a crook, all keys are there and saxes are in pretty good condition but will need some work to get playing, like keys adjusting and new cork here or there. The crooks need spring, pad and screw. There maybe the odd dent". No problem ! Intriguing that the seller had five of them, all with the same problem, five missing screws/rods for the octave mechanisms – you are now entering the Twilight Zone….
I’ll post the saga, as it unwinds, be with me sometime next week (as may well my 20’s Conn straight stencil from the US)