After a long search, I have selected KitchenAid 5-ply, full cap, copper base for my new cookware.
Cookware these days is cheapest, usually, when purchased in a batch. However, I did not want to select anything without trying to cook with it first, so I splurged and bought a couple of small pans, each a different brand. (I selected those brands by reading reviews on the Web.)
KitchenAid, although a bit heavy for me, was so very much better than the rest that I had no trouble deciding on it. I am so happy!!! Just thought I'd share my decision and opinion with my fellow hounds.