I have hummed and hawed for a fair while before posting this. At the moment I have a Yamaha YTS-82z and a Phil Barone Vintage tenor. No problem with either of them, but I would like to have a broader view of the tenor scene. My interest is classical music, and I don't expect that to change. I am not a beginner, but I am making reasonable progress towards intermediate.
It seems to me that some broad options are:
- a Conn, Martin or Buescher;
- a Buffet, Selmer or other European instrument
- a modern Taiwanese instrument
I don't think I would want another Japanese saxophone, and I am not interested in the budget range of Chinese instruments.
I do not expect to spend more than $3000.
I know that in the end these things are highly subjective, but someone may have a thought that could help me make up my mind. Or should I simply stick to what I have and get an alto instead?