Re: Thomann experiences?
In Todays World, there are a number of manufactureres making saxophones in Indonesia, China, Taiwan. None are made in the US. Few are made in Germany.
It seems everybody is getting into the name recognition by having some manufacturer place their name on a saxophone. The good thing with some, such as Saxquest and Tenor Madness, here in the states, is they do their own setup. So the instruments will play to "The best of their setup ability".
Some of the manufacturers are better than others. I would stay away from a horn that you are skeptical about. Stick with the Yamaha.
I have been refurbishing vintage American made saxophones for 27 years, but I must admit, I have played on a vintage purple logo Yamaha Tenor in the late 70s prior to picking up my every day Mark VI tenor around 1981. And I of course have a collection of American made horns. so, you never know what I may show up playing at a rehersal.