What you should know if you want to buy a student alto saxophone
So, you’ve fallen in love with the sax and all you want to do is start playing. You’ve started collecting all known Charlie Parker tracks and feel that could be you up on stage. Well you’re right. It’s going to take a lot of work, practice and dedication but our recommendation is starting off with a student alto saxophone and either staying with it, or, changing to a tenor sax once you know the basics, if that’s the sound you prefer. But first, if you’ve never picked up a sax then there are a few things you’ve got to know first. The saxophone is a complex instrument made of brass that has lots of different parts. It has a neck and a body. The neck holds the mouthpiece and the body, the keys. When buying a student alto saxophone it’s important to examine the rods that connect to the keys on a saxophone as these can be the difference between an average quality sax and a good one. But more on this later.
You may be thinking of buying second hand, to save you money and there’s nothing wrong with this as long as you know what you’re looking for and the pitfalls of purchasing second hand. One of the main ones is that unless you’ve done a huge amount of research, you wont be sure that whoever you’re buying the saxophone from is actually selling it to you at a good price.
This is especially true if you are looking at different models of student alto saxophone that are no longer on the market. How are you going to know for sure that you’re getting a good deal if you don’t know what they’re worth anymore.
Also, if you’re inexperienced you will not have the knowledge that a professional does of the actual mechanics of the sax, so, as mentioned before, if the rods are weak or worn you’re going to have a bad playing sax on your hands. Lastly (Yikes) It may have been stolen and you may not know until you get a knock on the door from the boys in blue. Our advice when first buying your student alto saxophone, is buy it new. You’ll get a warranty with it and you’ll have the knowledge that it’s never been played before.
These days there’s some great deals going when you’re ready to buy that student alto saxophone. The quality for new saxophones has got so much better over the last few years that what you pay for a beginners sax now, a short while back the quality was the same as a mid priced saxophone. So what you pay is over to you, but, of course, there is a large sound difference between a novice sax and the most expensive models. We suggest that you don’t go ultra cheap but get more of an intermediate student alto saxophone so it will take you through a longer learning curve.
We’ve always got great deals going on for students and professionals alike and because we’ve being in the music business for so long, we have a huge return rate of professional customers mainly because they know we offer the best deals out there. Also, we have a huge range of accessories at discounted prices, like, padded straps, harness straps, slings, saxophone stands and electronic chromatic tuners. We can guarantee the best service and price for you if you are in the market for a student alto saxophone. Call or write to us now.