Martins are the best bang for buck vintage saxophones around in my opinion. Those comm III tenors are so juicy in the lower register!Hi Pablitus!
As the others said, this comes up regularly but since people have different opinions, the replies are always interesting to read. Here is my opinion:
I like listening to the older saxophones but that may be influenced by my preference for music. However, I got my paws on a modern saxophone (for the first time and it is a Selmer Series II low a bari) and, a bit disappointingly, I just sounded like myself. There were some differences but much smaller than I expected. So now I am willing to admit that I probably would have been equally happy with another brand than what I have. Having said this, all my saxophones are Martins, all lovely instruments, so I will keep them and not look for anything else.