I got an old Amati bari and fixed it up. I sandblasted it [see thread in "Sax body and finish"]. My intention was to sell it for a few quick bucks but here's the thing...this horn is amazing! I've owned quite a few baris [ Mk VI, Bueschers, King Zephyr, many, many others] and this one beats them all for tone, intonation and especially how free blowing it is. You just breath into it and all notes sing out clear and rich but you can push it all you want, too. When I got it, I was disappointed to see that it was an Amati. I told my wife "piece of cr*p". Man, was I wrong. Now I can't sell it. I just needed to tell somebody. This thing is a freak of nature. My point? Names don't mean much. You have to play them with an open mind. EDIT: Your mileage may vary.