So 4 years ago I decided I wanted a watch (honestly due to Rolex commercials during The Masters) so started learning about them, and owned and sold several starters and eventually ended up with 3 that I love and wear daily, then stopped obsessing and got on with life. I still come here and look at WRUW pics.
Now deciding to take up the horn again after many years not playing, and learning about makers and models (which I never cared about in my old playing days).
So many similarities to choosing the perfect horn as to the perfect watch. Do I go with a less known more bang for the buck brand from one of the newer high quality manufacturing plants in China or the name recognition of say Paxman (=Omega) or Alexander (=Rolex) or Schmid (=Patek).
Geyer or Kruspe "wrap", bore size, bell throat, etc. (I liken this to a watch movement)?
Rose brass, yellow brass, nickel brass?
Detachable or fixed bell?
Lacquered vs unlacquered.
All of these choices are debated ad infinitum on the horn groups, and people have mighty strong opinions (though with very little science to back anything up)
Entry level price of a new pro horn is ~$7K. But can get a used custom that was originally 3x that price for about the same.
The used horn and used watch markets are surprisingly similar. Lots of flippers there as well, still searching for "the one and only"!