Wow...I'm away for a couple of days and all "heck" breaks lose on my post! To respond to a couple of things, first, thanks for clarifying "new vintage" for our fellow SOTW member. Secondly, a horn should be an extension of the player, not the other way around. If you're good, you can make anything sound good. I'm not a full on pro...but I'm certainly not an amature, either. Personally, I prefer the Barone saxophones over almost anything I've ever played, both in testing and professionally. I used to play a Mark VI Bari (broke my heart to part with it, but school doesn't pay for itself), and this is the only horn I feel that is untouchable in relation to anything I've tried. That being said, I haven't played a Barone Baritone so who knows. It really is all a matter of personal opinion so really it only makes me laugh when people post a thread in here saying that they "beg to differ" or if they disagree that I think Phil is a stand up guy. That's my opinion...I'm looking for a specific horn, not a commentary on how a horn that I can't afford and am not looking for is better than another...or whether a dealer is stand up or not.
I do appreciate the opions of most on this site as they are quite imformative and helpful. For everyone else that just likes to add another "notch" to their thread count, well...yeah...I'll leave it at that. Thanks again folks and take care.