Comparing alto saxes?

by A. B.
(NH, USA)

I need an alto sax for my daughter. I am currently looking at three used ones: Jupiter (model #?), Selmer as300, Yamaha yas23. Any suggestions?

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Sep 19, 2008
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Yamaha
by: Adrian

Get the Yamaha!

Nov 29, 2008
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by: Anonymous

The yamaha defenitly

Feb 13, 2009
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yamaha
by: Anonymous

Although the YAS23 is a fine beginner's horn, the differences between beginner and pro horns, as far as playability by a newcomer, are nominal at best. I'd advise that you should look on ebay for a decent vintage (conn, martin, holton, king, selmer paris, sml, buffet, buescher) professional horn. For the amount you'll pay for a new student yamaha, you can get one of these much better horns in any condition and have it overhauled with money left over for reeds, mouthpieces, neckstraps, etc. If your kid decides to quit after a little while, you can turn around and sell these for more, probably, and if she sticks with it, she'll have a horn she can use forever.

Jul 12, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Hi,Yas-23 is the best choise.i have been playing on this saxophone for 5 years. great intonation and easy to play. i also know the others saxophones which you are going to purchase, but yamaha is better.

Sep 20, 2009
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Best horns for the money
by: Anonymous

Fellow sax players I do not agree. I have played sax religiously since dirt was invented. The Selmers feel like you are venting into sock. O f all of the newer more affordable horns for students up to pros (students)The Jupiter is the best deal. Silver with brass keys!! Catches all of the hardcore lighting onstage and the sound is fenonemal. Very recordable. Axes to arrows.

Aug 18, 2010
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Decisions, Decisions
by: Anonymous

All three are really great horns. The Selmer is a bit pricey for first-time playing and the Yamaha is shaped in a way that makes it difficult to get used to another horn upon upgrade. However, I recommend the Jupiter because they're made well, sound great, and it will withstand the rigors of your kid well into her adult life. She will only need to upgrade if she decides to go pro. I don't know about the new ones, but I bought one new in '88 and played it through college and in all different types of applications. It handled it all and I never had a single problem with it. You can tell the old ones by the G# key is black. (Front view, just above the bell, off to the right). If you find one in good shape, you cannot go wrong with this horn.

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