is market leader in selling the student models
(23 & 25 series). (25 = a 23 with high F sharp-key).
The clarity is rather good and the mechanism is
of good quality, with no great differences between
the various models. They are easy to play and
have an application which is useful for
people with small hands. A lot of music colleges
and teachers recommend a Yamaha for people who
are just starting to play.
The saxophone is light in weight and therefore
the sound is rather thin. People who are more
experienced prefer to buy a better quality and
more expensive saxophone. Yamaha also produce
more professional models. The 32-series is not
much more than the 23/25 student models. But the
62-serie is a typical Japanese semi-professional
saxophone. Not really the top but well build and
not to expensive. The custom-series of Yamaha
are real beauties.
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very good manufacturer is Yanagisawa. This is
an example of creative imitation of the Mark 6
Selmer. They continually improve their instrument.
The application is terrific and the technical
finish is very good. The Yanagisawa is, at the
moment, the only brand name whose products are
delivered fault-free from the factory. The price-
quality relationship is excellent. This brand
name has achieved a market position among the
better quality brand names. The fullness of the
sound has perhaps less personality than Selmer
saxophones or the older American ones. Yanagisawa
build a semi-professional model and a more expensive
"Elimona" pro-model. One can also buy all
kinds of extra's saxophones build of bronze, and
of solid silver. Even pure gold is a possibility.
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Selmer This French brand name has a lot of advantages:
a tradition, an instrument with a good application
and a many-sided fullness of sound. The instrument
can be used for pop music, jazz and classical
music. A lot of players are very fond of this
particular brand name. Nevertheless, the time
has passed when professional players automatically
chose a Selmer. There are two reasons: 1 Competition.
The Japanese brand names get better and better
and competition from this country is enormous.
And a lot of players have rediscovered the robust
sound of the older American saxophones. 2 Carelessness.
The design of the Selmer is very good, but the
technical finish is not always good. Faults, such
as leaking pads and mechanism which doesn't work,
occur too often. A lot of saxophone players complain
too often; "The instrument has a nice sound, but
the lower tones sound miserable". This is caused
by leaking pads. The instrument is never corrected
after it has left the factory. Sometimes the pads
are stuck with glue instead of shellac. This is
an example of poor workmanship and may damage
the firm's reputation. We are not suggesting that
these saxophones are no good at all their finish
in the factory needs to be improved and unfortunately
a lot of retailers and consumers don't recognize
this. But the last years Selmer has improved a
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Mark 6. This legendary saxophone
produced from the fifties to the seventies sometimes
lives up to its reputation but not always. The
best are the older ones, which are regarded as
the best ever made. The later ones, though not
bad quality, have a less spectacular sound. It
is interesting that Selmer is still producing
the neck of the Mark 6 and it fits newer types
and other brand names
Buffet Crampon is another French brand name. They are
market leader in the area of clarinets, less so
in the area of saxophones. Buffet Crampon produces
various models and they are expensive.
The main comment is: not bad, but the sound is
too decent??? Buffet Crampon has been
taken over recently by the Boosy & Hawkes
group. which also includes Keilwerth. Since then
the various Buffet types show a remarkeble resemblance
with Jullius Keilwerth saxophones.
Keilwerth saxophones are known for their dark-old American
sound. The cheaper ST-models are largely build
by Amati. The professional EX and SX-(R) models
are build in Germany, They are build very solid.
The SX-R saxophones even have rolled tone holes.
Keilwerth Sopranos >>
Keilwerth Altos >>
Keilwerth Tenors >>
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Makers of pretty groovy saxes. Check out the range and you will see why. I play an LA Sax Tenor and love it.
LA SAX Sopranos >>LA SAX Altos >> LA SAX Tenors >>
Very affordable with meny options and add-ons for the beginner and pro.
Legacy Sopranos >>
Legacy Altos >>
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Another very affordable brand with meny model options and price ranges.
Cecilio Sopranos >>
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Jupiter have been manufacturing saxophones for some time now and constantly improove their instruments. A good mid-priced sax.
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Conn. The showpieces of this once famous brand name
are the Conn Conqueror, the Conn Ladyface and
the Conn LTD or Chu Berry. The application and
the comfort to play was for that period in time
excellent. In particular the fullness of the alto
sound (with tuning-neck) brought many player in
pleasant confusion. The more recently produced
16 M models are a worthy second best. Nowadays
Conn produces only very poor quality.
Martin. The main characteristic of Martin is its
thick soldered tone holes.
Everything about the Martin is thick, fat and
robust and so is its sound. This brand name has
various good models such as their Indiana and
Handcraft. They're best piece is "The Martin".
A wonderful model produced in 'Jugendstill' with
a massive neck, with a smooth control and a solid
sound. The Martin's sound remains full and warm
where others sound shrill.
King. King is especially known for its Super 20 model
with its massive neck made of silver. A little
less famous is the King Zephyr Again as for other
saxophones the real champions are among the older
models. Many players prefer the King S-20 in stead
of the Mark 6. Please note! Brand names named
New King come from Eastern Europe and there is
no connection with the King from the USA.
Buescher. The older types have rather thick plating and
this makes the clarity of the sound very harmonious.
Such an instrument can whisper beautifully soft.
The Buescher was in early days rather late with
improvements on modernizing of the application.
When Conn started their new manufacturing techniques
in the twenties and the thirties, Buescher was
still producing an old key systems. The
best ones are the older 400-series and the Aristocrat.
general the older saxophones represent an era
where craftsmanship was available everywhere and
the wages were low. There you find the masterpieces.
The older instruments are becoming more and more
expensive. Buying a quality instrument is a good
way of investing your money e.g. in the Conn
Ladyface or the "The
Martin". In the more expensive countries
such as Japan and Germany the prices are increasing
rapidly at the moment. The price of a Mark-6 is
already very high world-wide.