Recently I wanted to try the softer volume level small tip concept for restaurant lounge gigs I play.. I ain't rich either so I picked up a cheapie Ebay $35 Brilhart Ebolin tenor mpc.
The pics looked good, real clean facing, thin tip rail. So for fun I grabbed it, I got lucky maybe, blows super easy, moderate volume, it gets the authentic Getz vibe. And I didn't mortgage the farm either..
FWIW on my saxes I play some great custom Boutique (expensive$$$) mpcs too, but the humble Ebolin blew me away..
Actual quality sound for pennies. I see some old HR Brilharts going for a fortune ..hmm
For reference I bought a "New Vintage" STM 7* Link a couple yrs back, the thing proved unplayable for me..
I tried for several months and spent a ton on reeds, Ugh.
Currently on my 2 tenors (MKVI-Big B) mainly I play a (guardala) Jen Price Vigilante NYSV, but I also have a vintage scoopbill 110/2/M SS Berg which I love, or sometimes my ancient HR Lakey 9*3, and now the recently acquired Brilhart Ebolin
The Brilhart gets me what I was looking for on the expensive Link I bought and dumped, the thick and woody sound is there down low, and yet it will speak really well up high..no it won't throw down for a real big stage or a horn section gig.. but hey, I played it last weekend and made money on this bad boy already..