Last week I mentioned we would go over the step by step process for buying a used (or a new $300) saxophone. We will definitely cover this topic, but we are moving that topic to next week. So stay tuned!
Recommendation or Research?
Sometimes doing research before making a purchase can be overwhelming. In fact, sometimes you can end up with even more questions. In the end, you may just want a professional to tell you which instrument to buy, and move on. We want to help you if you want to do your own research or you just want specific recommendations. We’ll begin with research; making it easy, quick, and to the point.
Helping With Research
Over time, we have provided posts to help you make the right saxophone purchase. The reason we do this is because everyone’s needs are a little different. Some people want:
- The cheapest saxophone that will play well
- The best saxophone money will buy
- To buy somewhere in the middle
- To buy used
- To buy new
- To know everything about the subject before they make a decision
So, we’ve written the following posts in order to help each person make the best choice when buying a saxophone. Instead of searching online in multiple places and wasting your valuable time, you can find what you need in the links below. This will speed up your research and provide the information you need to have confidence in your choice. In addition, you can ask us for help anytime! Here are the links to help make your research quick and painless:
- Buying a Saxophone on a Budget
- The $300 Saxophone
- Buying The Right Saxophone at the Right Price
- 3 Ways to Find a Saxophone
- 6 Tips For Buying The Right Saxophone
Helping With Specific Recommendations
We’re confident that the posts above will provide the information you need to make the best choice. I also understand that there’s a lot of information here, and sometimes we just want a recommendation. If you just want a recommendation on which saxophone to buy, I can help you with that as well. Here we go!
The $300 Category
- Etude EAS-100.
Before buying one of these saxophones, read the post above about the $300 saxophone. This will provide an understanding of what to expect from this level of saxophone.
You’ll notice that I didn’t recommend a tenor saxophone model in this price range. However, just apply the tips from the $300 saxophone post from above, and it will be quite easy to make a choice. I would suggest buying this level of saxophone from a company like wwbw.com. It’s a large company that backs their products and provides a return policy. Currently, they are selling the Allora Student Series Tenor Saxophone Model AATS-301 Standard; this is a saxophone in this price range. Keep in mind that it will be a little more than an alto saxophone in cost.
Used Saxophones ($300-$1000)
If you’re looking in this category of saxophones, I would suggest the following:
- Any student level Yamaha saxophone (Yamaha 23, Yamaha 26, 200-AD)
- Any student level Selmer (Selmer 300, Selmer 500)
- Intermediate (Yamaha 475)
Middle Price Range Saxophone
A used Yamaha 62
The Best of the Best (New or Used)
- Yamaha 62
- Yamaha Custom EX
- Yamaha Custom Z (Designed for jazz)
- Selmer Series 2 or 3 (Super Action 80 or Jubilee)
I left off many saxophone brands and models from this list. But the purpose was to provide a solid recommendation for someone who just wants to get started. Besides the first category, you can’t loose with any of the saxophones listed above.
If you have any experience with the saxophones mentioned on this list, please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you’ve purchased a different brand or model, please share that as well. Let us know what you think. We look forward to your comments!
It’s important to have the right information when purchasing saxophones in the $300-$1000 range. Next week (as promised) I’ll provide the step by step process for buying this category of saxophone (both new and used).