IMHO get a 10mfan the classic. I have been really impressed recently with the capabilities of that piece. A bit of a background I have been playing my Maestra for 5 years or so and this piece is more powerful, reed friendlier, more free blowing, more ligature friendly than my Maestra is. I love the Navarro but I have to admit that sometimes it really behaves like a Link with its strength and its flaws. I won't get rid of my Maestra cause when I pair it with the right reed it's just killer, but finally I managed to used softer, harder and different brands of reeds on a piece without it sounding dead. I have been stuck on Rigotti 3 1/2 medium for long time and believe me on a Maestra 8 that strength doesn't help with articulation on the lower register and if I go down in reed strength I just can't get enough "Beef". On the classic everything works, the articulation is great and every lig I try on it seems to seal properly, so the ligs don't make a lot of difference there. Peace of mind for me and my pocket. Well maybe my maestra needs a reface but even so that 10mfan is GOOOOOOOOOOD.