Can't believe I missed this one... I had a Mark VII years ago, one that was somewhat rare due to it having no engraving/scrollwork on it (an oldtimer who did the scrollwork had retired, and had yet to be replaced). Sold it for more than we paid for it back in the late 70s (had a discount through our band director). My tutor had a VI and I could hear the difference between the two--the VII if I recall had thinner metal. I see a lot of VIs in use among pros--some have had the lacquer long worn off (look at Sanborn's alto), but they just keep on ticking all these years. All I have now is the flute (an Armstrong), and a forlorn soprano that needs a total repad and a mouthpiece (probably just a basic Selmer C*). To be honest I would rather buy a bass or alto flute than get another sax. @James Hart I have always wanted a double bass, but it's too pricey just for something to learn on and play around with. I have to make do with a less expensive electric bass I picked up a few years back.