thanks for the replies.
I have 3 objectives for playing a sop sax:
1) for relaxation - a release for emotions
2) play for girls i'm interested in
3) play with my church's lite-rock band
I've been playing clarinet for a dozen years, and I find it very relaxing after a day's work on a finance trading floor. However, I'd like to play an instrument with a crisper sound. Therefore, I'm interested in playing sop sax.
I don't intend to play any difficult jazz on the sop sax. On the clarinet I play Acker Bilk type music, and through it, I am able to achieve my 3 aforementioned objectives. I intend to play the same type of music on sop sax, but with a bit more improv. I think objective #2 is more easily achieved on the sop sax since it has, what i consider, a sexier sound.
Bruce: after reading the backlog of this forum, it does seem that Yana's have a better rep. However, I cannot imagine a Selmer Mark VI to be much inferior when compared with a Yana. Since I'm gonna play, shall we say, easy-listening music, then a Selmer Mark VI will suffice without too much compromise. The compromise is compensated, in my mind, by the cool factor of having a "Mark VI". I think I read somewhere that some Mark VIs were made with metal left over from the bullet shells of WWII. I'm gonna leverage this story when talking to a chic about my sax.
Again, thanks for the input Bruce. Much appreciated.
Sonny: thanks for the offer, but I plan to buy one sop sax, and use it for the rest of my life. Playing on a copy just wouldn't give me as much joy as playing on a real Mark VI. I would always be thinking that a real Mark VI would sound better.
Landrusax: I concur with you point of value retention. Was the 225XXX the one you sold on ebay? Or did you sell another Mark VI sop? If possible, could you please post your ebay listing?
All: I should mention that I've never played on a sax before. Since I have to buy one to start playing, then I figure I might as well get one of the best (getting one the best will prevent me from blaming any bad music on the horn).