Two weeks ago I got brave and went to visit Prozone in Chesham (UK). They brought out loads of instruments for me to look at, and play. They were most welcoming and helpful. I had spotted an 'Project Impulse' prototype (2nd hand) on their website which took my fancy, but was open to buy whatever worked best with me, rather than what I decided was the flashest. After all, I do have to listen to myself play after all.
I worked through various horns, the Impulse was good, and for a while seemed to be the best play. They tried to tempt me out of my price bracket with a Schagerl (good try), and though it was clearly a better horn I couldn't justify the cost (debt). And after playing about 8 different horns, with two of my mpc's, I was left with the Project Impulse, and A.N.Other. In the end, to my mental dismay, I had to concede that I was happiest playing the A.N.Other - which is why I have written in this thread. It is a Bach TR400 (new - silver plated - but good discount).
I had never imagined ending up with a Bach, especially not a Chinese made one. But it works for me.As it was their last one (and the trial one) I got a good discount, along with a free mpc, and good advice about looking after it properly - having and using a silver cloth, for instance, as well as washing it out frequently.
2 weeks later it still plays well (though I do not seem to have improved at all ). I have given it a clean, and several bits of space junk have come out of it (sorry, 'Tone maggots'), and I imagine yet more will appear. So, to our poster, yours also might be new but yes, clean it, look after it, and it will do you better service than if you wave a hanky at it occasionally.
(P.S. Prozone, UK, Chesham, gets my vote for being helpful but not pushy. Thanks guys).