So I have an obscene amount of amazon gift card money to spend because I sold them all my old electronics. I'm pretty happy with my cookware at the moment: stainless skillets, a big stockpot, a cast iron skillet, 2 le creuset dutch ovens (3.5 and 5.5) and a 10 inch nonstick. My saucepans are old and outdated with disc bottoms and I was thinking of finally replacing them. They work ok but they do scorch food and any sort of starch sticks to the bottom of the pan.
Initially I was looking at All-Clad D5 2 quart to replace my most used crappy 2 quart but then realized it's kind of a ripoff. If I'm going to spend that money it almost makes more sense to look at copper bi-metal. That said even 2 quarts is a little bit small which leaves me with my dilemma.
Mauviel makes a 1.9 qt and a 2.6 qt saucepan in 2.5mm copper with stainless lining. There is a $100!!!! price difference between these two pans. However I use my 2 qt saucepan for a few specific things, mostly rices/pastas/polenta etc and sauces, most often tomato based. I feel like a 2.5qt saucepan is honestly the perfect size. As much as I use my 2 quart there are times when (basically whenever I'm cooking for more than 2 people) it gets crowded fast. I guess my concern is whether or not the 1.9 quart is really small or if I should just stick with that size and save the money. Or alternatively do the Mauviel saucepans run on the smaller/narrower side and it's better to aim bigger?
Does anyone have any experience with either of these pans? I know they are expensive and copper is sort of a luxury item but I do have the money to spend and I get excited about using the proper tools in the kitchen. Also everything I've heard about copper (heat response/evenness etc) sounds like something I need to experience. Also my saucepans suck...