Let's get down to business! I'd greatly prefer this hypothetical bari to be in a lower price range (i.e., less than $3000), but if there's truly one of the more pricey baris that warrants shelling out even more cash, I'll happily save up for it.
In theory, the bari I'd like would have a dark-yet-focused tone; great presence, but not overly bright in nature (yes, I know this is largely dependent on the mouthpiece, too). Good intonation would be nice, but if need be I'll adapt myself to the horn's quirks and irregularities if other aspects of the horn compensate for it, so it isn't that high of a priority.
So far I've come to the conclusion that a vintage bari would be the best course of action for me, and I've heard many great things about The Martin and the Conn M12. How do the two compare, if I may ask?
I apologize if anything I'm saying/asking seems absurd. I admit that in the grand scheme of things I know absolutely nothing... which, I suppose, is why I'm here in the first place. Many thanks in advance to whoever offers their help!