(Depending on your circumstances, it may be a good idea to get a cheap alto saxophone instead of more expensive counterparts. It can save you a lot of money. You can buy a used one or a less popular brand.)
The alto saxophone is the third smallest member of its family and it is a transposing instrument pitched in E-flat. At a first glance, none of its characteristics stand out, it looks like an average sax from all points of view, however it is by far the most popular saxophone used today. The fact that it’s very easy to use and that you can find cheap altos with ease, in comparison to other sax types, has made it one of the most sought after musical instruments for new students.
This last factor, the price is oftentimes essential. Most people start out practicing saxophones at young ages, thus they rely entirely on their parents’ income. Getting a cheap alto saxophone is easier, since being such a popular musical instrument, you won’t need to search too far to find a seller. The Internet is a good place to start looking; there are virtually thousands of cheap saxophones out there, both new and used, waiting for a new owner.
And by “cheap alto saxophone” we understand two things. One would be that the saxophone is not new, thus the previous owner will cut down its price because of the probable durability loss it will have when he sells it. Oftentimes, second-hand saxophones come in an extremely good shape, but they will still be cheaper than new ones.
The other way to look at it is to consider a less popular company to buy a cheap saxophone from. If you get one of the leading brands’ instruments, you will have to take out at least $500 for a new one, which is not very cheap. A less popular brand however, will want to make itself heard on the market and what better way to do this if not through cheaper prices. Thus you can get a new and cheap alto saxophone for as little as $300 and in most cases, the quality differences will be rather small in comparison to the above mentioned high-priced saxophones.
A cheap alto is also the perfect buy for someone that has played sopranos or tenors for a while and wants to try out an alto. There’s no need for you to spend twice as much in getting a popular brand alto saxophone just to try it out, since you might not grow fond to it and that would be a waste of money. Getting a cheap one however, even in the off chance that you choose not to continue with it and switch to a tenor, baritone or soprano won’t mean that big of a loss, financially speaking.
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