Basically, what's the minimum that one would expect to play to get a descent horn? Then at what point does the bang for your buck diminish? I have an alto sax right now that I borrowed from a friend to see if I can learn this instrument, now I want to look into purchasing a horn of my own, but I want to go with a tenor. I'm not afraid to spend some money on this as I consider a quality instrument to be an investment, but I would like to know when diminishing returns tend to kick in.
p.s- i know there are exceptions to every rule, but I just want to know generally speaking.