Re: Three American Branded Asian Tenors.
I have tried the barones alto and tenor and the Syeve Goodson alto and the Saxgourmet Alto and tenor.
I can concur with Henry on what he says about the barones and the SG's.
The Barones are a nice , servicable horn for the money. Great response over the full range of the horn, great intonation and good build quaility. A lot of horn for the money. Would make a great main axe for a pro player on a budget, a nice backup horn for others or a good horn for the aspiring student.
The Steve Goodson alto is my main alto now for big band. It has the depth of tone, expressiveness, and playability that I really like. I don't know how much a difference the gimmick features make. I like the three ring strap and the no stick G# spring ( it can still stick after being stored in the case, but won't once you have freed it once), I like the adjustable stack keys and the bis adjustment. I really like his RH thumbrest. I don't use the altissimo key, this horn's altissimo is easier than any I have played before without it. I disabled the altissimo key to keep my thumb from hitting it accidently.
I have never played a Steve Goodson tenor but I own a Saxgourmet, now discontinued, and believe it to be the finest tenor I have ever played. The only thing lacking , IMO , is the adjustable stack keys , no stick G# spring and bis adjustment. None of that affect how it plays. I think his newest model will have those features included. I initially had my horn set up and have not had to have anything done since.
I have played exactly one new Cannonball a student had bought, terrible playing horn. I don't know which model it was but the student paid $ 2800 for it. He bought it new from a dealer in Miami. To the dealers credit he took it back and the student bought a black nickel JK SX 90 tenor. I say student, but this guy is dermatoligist who is taking up the sax. Just my two cents......