- Are you ready to start playing, but your don’t own a saxophone?
- Are you confused about all the options available?
- Do you want to get going but you don’t know how to choose the right saxophone?
Looking for answers to these questions? Then look no further. The information you need is right here!
The Right Saxophone Could Save Your Musical Life
- A poor quality instrument could suffocate your learning
- A poor saxophone could cause a beginner to quit. Definitely an unnecessary premature musical death.
- Have a long musical life. Let’s get the right saxophone!
The List (Tip #1)
The models I recommend are on the lists below. For your convenience I have placed the model names at the bottom of this post for ease of “cut and paste” when performing a search online.
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Yes, there are many excellent saxophones out there. I recommend the brands on the lists because of their consistency in regards to quality. I want to make sure your new saxophone is the proper tool for you, so you can start playing right away!
There are additional models made by these companies that would work well too. For example, an older student model by Selmer is the AS 300; this too would work well as a first saxophone. If you become interested in a saxophone that is not on the list and would like my opinion concerning the quality and price, please feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post a comment below.
Should I Buy a Beginner, Intermediate or Pro Model? (Tip #2)
The professional saxophone is designed with the professional musician in mind. If you are a person who likes to buy professional equipment (as a beginner), there is nothing wrong with making that purchase. However, if you purchase a good beginner model (as a beginner) you will have all the tools necessary to succeed in the beginning stages. Just know that beginner saxophones are significantly less expensive and are of lesser quality.
If you are considering a brand new beginner model, then I would strongly suggest taking a look at a new intermediate saxophone too. The prices of these two categories have become quite close recently, and the intermediate saxophone would be worth the extra money in terms of quality.
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How To Make Money With Your Saxophone (Tip#3)
When spending money, it’s always nice to know if there is a possibility of a return on your investment. Beginning and intermediate instruments depreciate in value after original purchase. Professional models, over a period of time, retain their value. A few actually exceed their original retail price!
Don’t Avoid The Used Saxophone Sales Person (Tip #4)
It’s possible to purchase a used intermediate horn for about the same price (or less than) a new student mode. The intermediate saxophone is a significant step up from a beginner model.
A used saxophone does not diminish in quality unless heavily damaged. Depending on the amount of money you would like to spend, the intermediate category becomes a stronger option when purchasing a used horn.
Additionally, you can find some deals on a professional horn that are just a few hundred dollars more than a new intermediate horn.
Take a Test Drive (Tip #5)
There are many options for trying out a saxophone.
- Call your local music store and see if they have any of these models. You will be able to try the saxophones at their store. It may be helpful to take someone with you who knows how to play the saxophone.
- Contact online stores about their trial programs and return policies. They understand that customers like to try before they buy, and can be quite accommodating.
- Check out Craigslist. There can be some great deals from this website. Before you buy a Craigslist horn, take it to a repair shop and have them look it over. It’s important to make sure it works properly; you don’t want a faulty horn. This can create difficulty and frustration during the learning process.
- Ebay is another option; make sure there is a return policy so you can follow the same guidelines I have given when purchasing from Craigslist.
Note- Just because a saxophone does not play well at first, it does not mean that it can’t be fixed. Most used saxophones (without major damage) can be repaired to a new or nearly new condition.
Renting – A Great Option (Tip #6)
Many music stores rent instruments. Some of these stores incorporate the monthly rental price into a “rent to own” deal. Some will even give you credit towards an intermediate or professional instrument purchase as you rent from them.
The benefits of renting include:
- Confidence in knowing that you have a good instrument
- Some retailers will provide annual maintenance on the instrument at no charge to you
- Monthly payments instead of a large lump sum
- Rent to own option
- Building store credit toward the purchase of an intermediate or professional saxophone
These 6 tips will guide you in choosing the right saxophone. Once you have your saxophone, start with free lessons by clicking the button below. Fill out the form, and you’ll be playing your first song in 1 weeks time (possibly in just a few days)!
Makes and Models
Alto: Selmer AS 500, Selmer AS-711, Yamaha YAS-23, Yamaha YAS-26
Tenor: Selmer TS-500, Selmer TS-711 Yamaha YTS-23, Yamaha YTS-26
Alto: Selmer SAS280 (La Voix II), Yamaha YAS-475, Yamaha YAS-575, Yamaha YAS-480
Tenor: Selmer STS280 (La Voix II), Yamaha YTS-475, Yamaha YTS-575, Yamaha YTS-480
Alto and Tenor: Selmer Super Action 80 Series II, Selmer Super Action 80 Series III, Yamaha EX, Yamaha 62, Yanagisawa 991
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