I have an Empyreal tenor that replaced my Mark VI a couple years ago. Great horn. The Empyreal is much more Selmer like than the Mac 8. I played several of each at the Macsax showroom. Having said that, I just picked up a Mauriat 76 tenor (unlacquered no F#) as a backup and it is quickly becoming my main sax. It is hands down the most Mark VI esque horn I've played to date. The Macsax is great too, but just a hair more spread and even tonally. The Mauriat really nails that compact thing that sounds so good on a microphone. It's a hair less homogenous through the range (the sound quality change between middle b,c,c# and middle d,e,f is bigger than on the Macsax for example) but it got excellent character and ergos. Plays very much like a good Mark VI for me. On another note my local guitar center has a nice new Empyreal on clearance for $1999 so it might be a great time to buy a macsax at GC.