Re: legit appropriate??
The 82z is not too "bright" for classical or chamber work. I'm mostly a classical/concert band player and I really like the 82z alto.
I've come to the conclusion that a good classical tone needn't abandon all else just to achieve what the player might call 'dark'. A good classical sound can be bright or 'brilliant', but should rather lack edge or buzz and instead focus on achieving a clarity of tone. I think a lot of saxophone players are convinced there is one universal tone legit players should aim for. I disagree with any such notion. I also am finding that equipment counts for less and less as far as achieving a classical tone the more I try to refine my playing.
To me a good classical horn should mostly:
1) project well and resonate, thus allowing the horn to respond well at pp
2) have comfortable and silent keywork
3) posess stable registers, respond well, and have no leaks
4) play reasonably in tune