Re: The Better Buy?
Yamaha makes a great sax, and the YAS-62 II is an excellent buy. It would most definitely get you through college or whatever you intend to do.
What kind of music do you like to play? If you're style is leaning more towards jazz, you may want to check out the Yamaha YAS or YTS (tenor) 82Z.
But, I would also suggest you try a few others just to see what's best for you. Try a Selmer Ref. 54, Keilwerth SX-90 or SX-90R, P. Nauriat PMXA67R, or PMRT66R (tenor) and a Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series horn.