SML or Series II?
My name is George, and I'm a junior in high school. I've been looking to upgrade to a new horn for a while now, and my private teacher's friend is selling his SML. He said he would like $5000 for it, but I recently brought it into Roberto's Winds for an estimate, to which he said that the horn is not worth more than $2300 (and that's including a $1325 overhaul fee). While I was there, Roberto let me play a couple of horns, such as a Series II, Mark VI, and a Mark VII. I immediately fell in love with the darkness and projection of the Series II, especially when paired with a Super Tone Master. It's going for $4000, but I don't know if it will appreciate when I eventually turn it in down the road. I told this to the friend, who said he will take care of the overhaul of the SML and charge $3500. I would just like an opinion as to which horn would be the better buy. I am continuing on with music in college and going for jazz performance/jazz composition. Thanks!