Dave,Dave Dolson said:Well, in the interest of FULL disclosure, I prefer my Buescher Big B of all the altos I have in my closet (MKVI, Ref 54, Cigar Cutter, TH&C, TT, and Medusa).
But the question was between the Yamaha and the Ref 54 and it boils down to personal preference. Being a NOT-Yamaha man, I go for the Ref 54 for Selmer's reputation over the years, tone, ease of play, and appearance. DAVE
If I had to buy a new alto I would buy the Z. That's what I would pull out 20 years from now if I purchased it. Right now I have a 87k VI, Keilwerth Stencil, Buescher Aristocrat 140, Couesnon, and my Bundy II student horn. I also have a Super Action 80 on the way. I have way too many altos for a tenor player.Tonehole said:Not expecting agreement. As Hurling Frootmig stated you pull out the horn that plays ... but after 20 years whatever horn you have been noodle'n on you better be able to play the [email protected] out of it.
I am interested in honest input on what players would choose and why.
You notice Hurling did not say he would pull out the Z but the horn that played best.
He also assumes the Hummingbird will be a more valuable or desirable horn 20 years from now inspite of his belief in the Z's superior performance.