Intermediate straight soprano
After a 25 year break from playing, I'm ready to start again. I was a pretty good player in high school (lead alto in the jazz band - I played for 10 years), but college pulled me away from the horn, and then.....
Anyways, I'm ready to start playing again, but I'd like to start on a soprano.
I'm looking for a good intermediate-quality instrument. Something around $1000. I've been reading up on various chinese-made instruments, and I'm more confused than ever.
I live in the Los Angeles area, so I'm going to make a pilgrimage to a number of different stores in the upcoming weeks, but I'm looking for some ideas and advice.
I'm more comfortable right now buying a new horn, instead of used, and I want to be sure to buy from a reputable shop - either local or online. I'd prefer to give the business to a local shop though, so any recommendations are appreciated.
I've been reading about Kessler and LA Sax models. Can anyone commend on these directly?
Any other ideas are greatly appreciated!