Gary Smulyan won the downbeat bari award. In the article it was stated he played a 1936 conn 12m to low Bb. He is a Keilwerth artist. He uses a Sx-90R baritone. In fact, his pic in the article showed the Keilwerth. They had a workshop at the local music store when Tower of Power was in town. It was a Yamaha love fest. They pushed Yamaha. When Doc Kupcta was ask what bari he used at home he said he keeps his 62 w/ the TOP trailer but he would use a 62 at home if the rep gave him another one.He would not state what he uses at home. When I spoke to Doc in private he told me my Selmer bari(s-80 series I) was good and that Selmer is the gold standard of the saxophone but he liked Yamaha a little better. Many years ago when I took private jazz lessons from Tim Price he stated how much better Keilweth/Coufs(I played selmers) are than Selmer cause of rolled tone holes. Intersestingly enough he is a Selmer clinician now. No offense against Tim;he is a great guy!!!! It frustrates me w/ these endorsements because people should play what they like not what Joe pro plays!!!!I heard Phil Woods makes about $110,00 a year endosing custom zs. The list goes on and on.