My budget is about $1000. I will probably gig on the horn at some point, though not immediately. Currently looking at a Conn Pan American Super 60M versus a YTS 23. Thoughts?
I play an RS Berkeley Virtuoso. Good point about the mouthpiece. Will look around.What Alto do you play?
I know its not the most original suggestion, but there is a reason why most of these threads (and there are many) basically say, "Buy a used Yamaha student horn".
They are pretty consistent, the ergonomics are OK, they are reliable and they sound OK, they are relatively cheap and plentiful to buy, and if it turns out that either Tenor isnt for you, or you blossom as a player and want to upgrade, you will have no problem selling it on and recouping most if not all of what you spent on it.
Also, with whats left of your budget you can spend a moderate amount on finding the right mouthpiece. Some great players out there will be gigging on YTS 23s and the like.