Re: Soprano Sax
For "most likely not vintage" horns, I advise (somewhat) against Yamaha YSS475 as they are tinny sounding, in my opinion. Well made, but lifeless tone. For the occasional jazz solo, they would be fine probably, but I was looking for a very warm legit horn and was not impressed in that regard.
Accent brand (Taiwan made) horns are decent and a good buy at around $1000. I liked it much better than the Yamaha and it was $500 cheaper.
I bought neither as I found a great vintage horn at $1000.
If you ever get over your vintage aversion, let me know, and I can advise you more specifically.