I cannot argue with any of that!I listened to Don Braden, whose playing I love, and who endorses them, and I thought I'd bite on the 'new' one on eBay.
(First. It IS in new shape. So I got lucky).
After a week I have to say it is a wonderful sounding horn. And I'm playing it back and forth with a very good VI and a Mauriat 66RUL.
This plays a little bigger and thicker than the Selmer and does have a wonderful tone.
As another endorser said to me, it's good enough to play through a whole professional career.
We'll see. I'm trying to chat with Don Braden about what brought him to Antigua.
I initially bought it as a horn for the super casual bar gigs where I don't trust leaving my original lacquer VI on the stand. My main axe for playing out has been a silver plated SA80III which is something of a blaster. Great horn - clearly more in your face than the VI. When that one got knocked over by a drunken patron I felt like something less valuable for most gigs would be prudent.
That led me to the Pro One as I picked one up at a nice price. It has since become my favorite tenor period. The more I play it - the better I like it. Darker and easier to play at both the extreme highs and the bell tones. Very pleased other than with the overall weight of it. It is a bit of a tank.
I liked it so much I bought a matching alto. A buddy of mine took this shot on Sunday - I was playing at the Jose Rizal Jazz Festival in Seattle.