Getting a professional saxophone is an exciting moment for a young player! After years of learning the rudiments, you know you are ready for a better quality of sax than the beginner or intermediate model you have been playing.
Of course, you can expect to pay quite a hefty sum for that professional horn, possibly $5000 or more, but if you are to make the saxophone a serious part of your life, it will probably be worth it.
One professional model is the Selmer Paris Reference 54 Tenor Saxophone. To make this horn create sounds similar to the music of Stan Getz during the 1950's, a type of music called the California sound, you will need a Berg Larsen rubber tenor sax mouthpiece 120/3. The choice of mouthpiece makes a big difference in the quality of sound, even with a professional quality horn.
The mouthpiece mentioned above retails for $184.95. Obviously it will take a major investment to equip yourself with the professional sax and accessories you desire! The Berg Larsen blows easy and has great volume, making it a great choice for a big band or swing sound. It has a sound that is not as "bright" as a metal Berg mouthpiece.
Another saxophone you might consider is the Yamaha YTS-875EX Custom Tenor Saxophone. This horn is reported to offer a smooth response and colorful rich sound. It has been designed after thorough research and input from great saxophone players. The keys are designed to have a good feel, and the sax is reported to be useful for different styles of music. New, the 875EX retails for over $4500.
Yamaha also makes a well liked professional saxophone known as the Mark II. This horn has a process called "annealing" used in the manufacturing that is supposed to give it quick response. This pro quality sax retails for $3480.
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