Saxophone Buying Guide
So, you’ve got your eye on a new saxophone? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! In a similar fashion to the great ukulele revolution of 2010, saxophonists are certainly on the rise. Increasingly appearing on modern pop recordings, as well as making regular appearances in jazz bands up and down the country, there’s no reason why saxophones shouldn’t be on your “to learn” list.
Luckily for you, we stock saxophones for every level of player, whether you’re just starting to play or if you’re a seasoned pro. In addition, we also run a popular rental scheme through our stores, who you can contact for more information. Here’s a list of our top models:
Although you might not have heard of Elkhart before, that’s no reason to give this great saxophone a miss. Increasingly becoming well-known for their reliability and amazing value for money, Elkhart instruments are perfect for beginners. Built with a yellow brass body, and finished with a clear lacquer, the Elkhart 100AS will stand up to regular playing for years, giving the student a chance to get familiar with the instrument.
The award-winning Trevor James Horn Classic, available as an alto or tenor sax, is an extremely well researched instrument, built to accommodate new players but also extremely appealing to the saxophone veteran. Features like the hand modified crook chamber and included Vandoren reed give the Horn a premium feel, something many players will appreciate.
One of the most popular saxophones of recent years, the Yamaha YAS-280 ticks all of the boxes for many beginner players. Based on the much adored YAS-275, this alto sax has improvements such as enhanced low B-C# connection, a new neck receiver and an adjustable thumb rest to make play that much more enjoyable.
Available as an alto or tenor sax, this Trevor James Horn 88, in a new Champagne Frosted Gold finish, looks stunning as well as being a great intermediate players instrument. Well-thought design and aesthetic features including a gun rifled crook for enhanced air flow (making for a bigger, louder sound), and an octave key crook badge featuring the union jack flag, make this instrument truly special.