wood wind is all very similar
Grade 8 sax (classical, 7 Jazzthen i stopped taking assesments as i started getting proper gigs)
6 claranet(dont play anymore)
7 flute (dont play any more)
playedfor19 years,for big bands jazz band solo, played at festivals and in bars and do a bit of buscking for some extra pennies. Don't doas much as i used to which is a mega shame.
If you are looking at tenors and you have a budget that fits a yamaha you wont go wrong. I own a yamaha tenor and a Boozy and hawk alto((not in buisness any more)name used by a rubbish company) but themain thing to understand is that the mouth pieces and types of reeds can alter the sound of a saxophone a lot, i use a metal mouth piece that was almost as much as my saxophone and it sounds fantastic but put on the cheep plastic one it comes with and its sounds tinny and horrid which is perfect for busking in the street. If you really want quality go for a yanagaisawa but they are quite high maintance when it comes to pads.
Stay away from the likes of jupiters and the cheeper modles as they are just utter tat with a poor resale value if you decide its not for you.