I've played a Bellite for many years. I have an older 6 from the 80's and a new 90's 7 that has a slight mod. Both play very well for me. I tend to use the 7 with a plasticover 3 for Rock and Roll and I use a 2 1/2 jazz select on the 6 for jazz (low volume, "dinner jazz"). I'm sure I could use either one at anytime. I do find they play a bit bright for me for concert band work and I keep a JJHR for that. Otherwise, the Beechler Bellites are all I use with any regularlity. I have heard some say the newer ones do not play as well. However, I have been fortunate with both of mine. On a slightly different "note", I used to play a Silversonic and the Bellite 7 just didn't seem to respond so well on it for some reason. I had used to Bellite 6 on it for around 20 years. However on my new tenor the Bellite 7 plays great.