You have decided to learn how to play the saxophone and have made arrangements to take some lessons. Now you are really faced with the main decision of what to do about an instrument, whether to buy or rent one. If you do decide that you are sufficiently committed enough to purchase an instrument outright, you start looking at the variety of choices available to you. Here are a few tips to help you along with purchasing your first saxophone for your beginner’s saxophone lessons.
There are different types of saxophones, which slightly alter the tone of your playing. Alto, tenor, bass and baritone, and soprano saxophones are all available in the market. The baritone and bass saxophone is the most expensive one, and also is one of the more difficult ones to master. Soprano sax is also definitely not for beginners, though they have a rich sound and can be great once you have got some experience. Most beginners use alto or tenor saxophones, which are not only cheaper but are also easier for learning, especially if you have had no previous experience at all.
Like most expensive items, it is better to buy saxophones from a well known brand rather than just buy the local model or the cheapest alternative. If you aren’t planning to pursue a long-term relationship with your instrument, there is no point in buying a saxophone at all. If you are indeed planning to go in for the long haul, buying a reliable instrument that will last you for a long time makes sense. Branded saxophones also come with guarantees and it’s easy to get it repaired or tuned if anything goes wrong. Yamaha is reputedly the best brand around for saxophones, though it’s really expensive. Other options you can consider are Jupiter, Prelude, Sonata, Elkhart, and Nuovo.