Re: yamaha Z or series iii
I wouldn't go for an unlacquered horn. True, the lacquer does deaden some of the resonation, but not enough to warrent giving up the protection the lacquer offers.
I really like the Yamaha 82Z. They play very well, and they are a great value for a pro quality horn. They are very bright; better suited for jazz than symphonic or concert band. I'm not a Selmer fan at all, and I really don't care for the Series II and Series III Selmers. I have a Series III soprano that has been a big disappointment; pearl inlays falling out, corks coming off, constant adjustments....the quality is very poor for the price. I would also consider the Keilwerth SX 90 if I were you. GREAT horn! My favorite new horn by far. Just get an old Conn 10M like mine!