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It has been said several times on other threads on this forum, but good quality fonts seem to be very expensive to the newcomer / rank amateur (a category to which I firmly belong). I am looking to purchase at least three, possibly four decent fonts to use to produce my documents with (technical reports for UK planning matters, ranging from 10 -1,000 pages).
Thus far I am liking the look of Brioni text from Typotheque which (after much googling) I learned was one of the primary fonts for the Financial Times Weekend magazine; in keeping with the FT theme I am also considering Fedra Sans from the same company.
From Hoefler & Frere-Jones I am torn between the Hoefler Text and the seemingly more recent Mercury Text. Both appear to offer all sorts of 'weights' - something I first encountered when reading 'Typography Lawyers'. That said, the Equity font by Mr Butterick also seems really good, except it doesn't do 'old-style' numbers (yet), but at only $120 you do get a lot of font for your money.
Rather than trawl the web looking for lots of free fonts I would like something with a lot of characters ('glyphs'?) that has been well designed and I can use for documents that have a technical / professional content.
Are these choices wide of the mark? How did others get started when it came to selecting their first font-for-cash?