I played a ton when I was younger, but I have not played in about 10 years starting a family, etc.etc. Miss playing and am looking to buy a tenor to pick it back up. I want to buy what I would term an intermediate or intermediate+ horn. I can't justify going all out on a professional horn (though the budget is probably not an issue) and frankly wouldn't mind killing two birds and having a horn that is an investment as well.
I had a mark VI alto back in the day but had to sell it a few years ago when funds were tight. I'd like to stay in the 3-4K range if possible, but I can stretch budget if it warrants. I am reading that a Ref54 is the "top of the mountain"; I'd like to be able to see the summit from a base camp or two lower if that makes sense. Please fire away with thoughts and advice - what makes/models should I look at?
For a new horn in your price I would suggest the Yamaha 82z horns. If anything were to happen to my Mark Vl alto and tenor the Yamahas would be my first choice. newreedsyndrome's list of vintage horns is good.....................kelsey