Saxjuss: Depends on the price, I suppose. I've only played one Serie III alto (finish doesn't matter) and came away thinking it was unacceptably bright to my ears. That was the same day I bought a new Selmer Reference 54 alto.
All the Ref 54's I played were great sounding altos - some were just better players than others. And the ones I've played since buying mine were equally good.
I know others like their Serie III altos, but I prefer the Ref 54. DAVE
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