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Michael James here.
I am wondering about the
choice/difference between the Mark VI,
The Martin and New Wonder II
and Transitional 12M baritones.
Of all the 4 above, which do You feel has the absolute most
rounded full bassey sound and can also handle the high notes flawlessly? I'm interested in a low b model. What year of the make that You suggest is the best to go with and is there a finish that is preferred? With the make/model
that You suggest, are there
any finer points to be wary
of or suggestions, things to watch out for when purchasing?
With much thanks,
Michael

Answer
Hi Michael - it seems like you are already pretty well informed about bari saxes.  Before I go any further I must tell you I am a Selmer fan and if given the choice I would choose it 98 out of 100 times.  I'm also a big believer in the theory that your mouthpiece/reed set up dictates MOST of how you'll you'll sound and you're going to sound pretty much that way regardless of the horn you play.

That being said - I have played only a handful of bari's but have always liked the Selmer Mark VI - (the earlier the year the better) though it can be a little cumbersome compared to some other more recently made horns. I am not familiar with a low b model?  You may have meant low Bb?  (which is standard). There are also Low A models which I always felt were sort of a 'novelty' though that one note might come in handy if you play in an R & B band!  

Finish is completely up to you and generally doesn't effect the tone - I'm a purist, so give me the stock gold lacquer.  I hope some of this helps!

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I have been a music educator for over 25 years and have taught on many levels from young children and school agers on through to college level, professional players and senior citizens. My main areas of expertise are saxophone(s) though I have taught many instruments including, guitar, bass, piano, oboe and drums to name a few. I have also done research on horns both vintage and new.

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