I read a review in Jazz Times some months back about this horn and after reading that Michael Brecker was involved with it, had to try it. I was in San Antonio, Texas at TMEA a few months ago and was able to try a few altos and tenors at the company's booth. I just received a black nickel alto a few days ago and can't wait to put in some serious time with this over the summer. I have my dad's old Mark VI 140,000 and have played it for some time. I can't believe how similar the sound and feel were. I'm really pleased...GREAT HORN!!