What is a good beginner saxophone

Which saxophone should I buy? My recommendation in 2021

Here you can find a list of recommended saxophones for Beginner, Advanced and children. What you should look for when buying a saxophone, I have answered below in the frequently asked questions.

What kind of saxophone are you looking for?

Frequently asked Questions:

Saxophone for beginners

All newcomers who want to buy a good saxophone, but cannot or do not want to spend too much money at the beginning, are well advised to buy a Cherrystone alto saxophone. The saxophones from this supplier are characterized by a robust construction and smooth mechanics out, speak easily and have an excellent Tone volume. The price-performance ratio of the Cherrystone musical instruments is optimally balanced.

Therefore, both of these are worthwhile at the beginning Alto saxophones for beginners:

Advanced saxophone

Anyone who has already had their first successes in "saxophony" and is now looking for a more upscale, perhaps somewhat more luxurious instrument, the AXOS saxophone from Henri Selmer is recommended.

Selmer is a well-known French family company with its headquarters in Paris and has been producing saxophones and clarinets by excellent quality manufactures. For many decades, jazz musicians have sworn by the craftsmanship sophisticated design and the incomparable timbre in the sound of the Selmer saxophones.

These are particularly recommended Saxophones for advanced players:

Saxophone for children

A favorite among the instruments for young saxophonists is currently the alto saxophone JAS of the 500 series from Jupiter with music students and teachers. Because of a individually adjustable mechanics, as well as the clay keys lying close together children and young people can use this instrument particularly easily. Another plus: also the otherwise permanently mounted Thumb ring is adjustable on the Jupiter saxophones.

Here are two easy ones to play Saxophones for children:

Saxophone for crazy people

Are you one of those people who want to treat themselves to a very special, unusual instrument? Then a saxophone from the WO range from Yanagisawa could be just the thing for you!

The musical instrument maker Yanagisawa has opened up a niche in the market for all saxophone lovers who have a penchant for the special and highest perfection and appreciate innovation. The Japanese company has exclusively produced saxophones since the 1950s and impresses with its immense product depth and sophisticated technical refinements.

This particular one Saxophone for crazy people I can recommend it:

How do I recognize a good saxophone?

First of all, it is important to know: there are four different types of saxophones. These instruments are divided into soprano, alto, baritone or tenor saxophones and bass saxophones according to their pitches. All other saxophone types are subsets of the main instruments. Alto or alto saxophones are also known as Eb saxophones because of their pitch.

If you want to learn to play such an instrument and do not want to complicate things unnecessarily, you should always go for one Alto saxophone gain. Saxophones in higher and lower voices are harder to play and grasp. These instruments are mostly used by experts as second and third instruments.

Good saxophones stand out Mechanics run smoothly off, whereby the flaps should have a certain resistance when pressed.

In contrast to many devices and objects in everyday life, it is not the case with the saxophone that the lightest is also the most sophisticated. Usually higher quality instruments have one smaller mechanics and more elaborate decorative elements that affect weight.

Another indication are additional flapswith which the pitch range of a saxophone can be increased, or those that are intended to facilitate certain fingerings during the flow of the game. These auxiliary flaps are typical features of high quality instruments.

A specialty of the saxophone is that Mother-of-pearl edition, with which all keys of the fundamental tones are provided. In the past this edition was made of real mother-of-pearl, today it is usually made of plastics, although in the high-price segment original mother-of-pearl is still used. Saxophones without mother-of-pearl elements usually have a lower rating.

Good instruments have all handle elements and the visible parts nicely rounded, ergonomically shaped, and wise no sharp edges on. From the workmanship you can see at first glance how noble the saxophone is: the finer the parts, the better. Very good instruments are happy to be with you Hand engravings Mistake.

Ideally, that is Mouthpiece shaped so that it lies comfortably on the lips. Here, higher quality materials often make a clear difference. When blowing the saxophone shouldn't be a tinny one, but a rich and voluminous tone sound.

Buying a saxophone is a thing that depends heavily on the person of the buyer. The Timbre represents the most essential characteristic that distinguishes instruments and brands from one another. It is worth trying out different models and then deciding which one suits you best.

Most manufacturers have instruments in different designs and price ranges. A great diversity such as different materials and Paintwork speak for a high level of customer orientation. Incidentally, the color and composition of the paintwork has no influence on the sound quality of the saxophone.

Also the Transport case, in which the instrument is delivered, says a lot about its value. It should be made of solid, impact-resistant material.

The instruments I recommend meet these criteria. Here for beginners, advanced, children and crazy people.

Which accessories do i need?

  • Saxophone reeds - In order to make the sound box vibrate and thus produce a sound, every saxophone needs a saxophone reed that is attached to the mouthpiece. The reeds are mainly made from natural materials such as reeds, less often from plastic. They are available in strengths between 1 and 5, whereby the lowest strength is the softest and easiest to blow, and is therefore recommended for beginners. Since the tones sound more exact with higher strengths, you should switch to harder reeds over time. The brands Vandoren, RICO and Royal offer excellent saxophone reeds. For beginners I would like to recommend the “Vandoren Classic Blue 1.5” (available from Thomann) *, which produce a high sound quality.
  • Transport bag - It is best to always transport the instrument in the original hard case. If you have to cover longer distances on foot or by public transport (e.g. for music lessons), a so-called gigbag, i.e. a transport rucksack, will serve you well. A good buy is the "Thomann Gigbag for Alto Saxophone" (available from Thomann) *, which is sufficiently padded and offers a good price-performance ratio. Nevertheless, a hard case offers more protection. If you are not satisfied with the supplied case, you will find the "Gator ABS Deluxe Alto Saxophone Shaped Case" (available from Thomann) * the perfect companion for your saxophone for little money. Here you can get an absolutely adequate hard case for a reasonable price. But first take a look at the dimensions (external dimensions are 67 x 30 x 18 cm)! Most of the instruments fit in the case, however.
  • Music stand - Music stands are already available for little money, depending on the version there are hardly any upper limits. You should just make sure that the stand can be adjusted several times and has wide stand elements / feet so that it cannot tip over so quickly. Stand models are more suitable than table music stands because they can be used more flexibly. For many years I have been using the "Thomann Orchesterpult Deluxe" (available from Thomann) * music stand and I am very satisfied with it. A sturdy music stand that also looks good in my eyes.
  • Shoulder strap - A shoulder strap, which is connected to the instrument with a hook, is essential for saxophonists. It relieves the pressure on the arms and shoulders when playing. With many manufacturers a shoulder strap is included in the scope of delivery, but this usually only goes through as a simple "standard version". Carrying straps with a soft neck pad are very advantageous. Here it is worth investing in a comfortable model. The "Neotech Soft Sax Saxophone Strap" (available from Thomann) * is extremely comfortable to wear at a reasonable price.
  • Wiper / cleaning brush - Since condensation always collects in the body when playing, the instrument must be cleaned after each use. Many different cleaning aids are available commercially for this purpose. It is important that the wiper or brush is nice and voluminous and soft and / or have rounded bristles. It is easiest to buy this set with all the important care utensils: “Yamaha Care Set for Saxophone” (available from Thomann) *.
  • Cork grease - On most saxophones, a thin cork jacket serves as a connection between the mouthpiece and the neck of the instrument. This should be lightly greased from time to time so that it remains pliable and does not become porous. The “La Tromba AG Slide and Cork Grease 15g” (available from Thomann) * is very popular among saxophonists.
  • Paint care - It is usually sufficient to clean the saxophone with a soft cloth. If you travel a lot or often play outdoors, you should treat your instrument to a polish with a lacquer care milk, which also covers the lacquer with a wafer-thin, water-repellent protective layer. Here, too, many musicians swear by the products of La Tromba AG. The "Lacquer Polish" (available from Thomann) * is a recommended paint care product for your saxophone.

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The recommendations for products made here are based on my experiences and conversations with knowledgeable musicians. All of the instruments presented here meet the criteria of good saxophones.

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