If you are looking for a great horn for the money, this is it! It has original lacquer, and I got it from a serious player who put an expensive overhaul into it. I think just the overhaul cost him over $1000.00! He had the palm key touches angled up to make them easier to reach. I can put them back to “normal” if you want. This horn also has a modern, more comfortable thumb hook installed for easy playing. The tone is medium dark, round, and complex. The intonation is quite good. It’s a very respectable saxophone – don’t be thrown off by the price. It’s way better than many saxophones that cost double or triple this price new. If you could use a solid alto but are on a limited budget, look no further. There’s only one available. Get it now!