I can't figure which to get! the Walstein AI or Barone Vintage. Whats your opinion on the 2?
Then Barone it is! The question now is Classic or Vintage?I had both a Walstein and a Barone Classic (not Vintage, and if I had to redo my purchase I'd still go with the Classic).
There is no doubt that the Barone was better in about everything. But it is also twice the price, so I'd say the Barone is the better instrument and the Walstein might be the better value (even better the one that is being sold here by William Bua).
I think your best bet would be a used Barone Classic around 1K.
No matter what you buy you have to factor in what comes with it. my horns all come with a case comprable to a BAM that sells for $250 if sold seprately and a two hundred and fifty dollar mouthpiece and a custom neck. So even if you buy one used make sure it comes with these things. Phil BaroneI'm going to add a Yanagisawa A880 because I found a cheap used one.