Re: buying a soprano
If you're focused on buying new for $1000, another brand to look at is Accent. I liked them better than the Yamaha 475, which cost around $1500 at the time. Accent is Taiwan made, but I and others who tried it out really liked it and were pleasantly suprised for not having any familiarity with Accent brand.
The trouble with Accent or Antigua or any Taiwan/Chinese horn is their resale is poor. So get a solid return/service policy when you buy one in case it doesn't work out.
For $1000, you should try to obtain an older Yani. They are better than new $1000-ish horns and hold their value well. Some Yani's were also stenciled (branded) as Whitehall and Vito - particularly in the 1970's and 1980's. So if you can spot a Japan-made Vito, you can get a great horn at a great price.
Vintage Martins and Bueschers can be found for even cheaper, but then you start gambling with action and intonation, which tends to vary a lot on the older horns.