If you have decided to start playing the saxophone then you should congratulate yourself for making a great instrument choice. Saxophones are really great instruments that don’t often get the credit they deserve.
They are really good for people who have no previous musical experience and people who are more seasoned to play different instruments.
A big choice you need to make at the start naturally revolves around the type of saxophone you are going to get.
And when you are looking to buy a saxophone you often have the choice between a new or a used instrument.
Here is a quick look at the pros and cons of both options.
Naturally many players suggest that you should go with a new saxophone to make the most out of your new hobby. Of course when you buy anything new it has a lot more appeal than if you buy something that has already been used before and therefore you might be more drawn to a new model.
When you buy a new saxophone you will know for sure what you are getting and that the saxophone is in a perfect working order. Often you also get a warranty when you buy a new saxophone making it a really safe choice.
But the downside for a new saxophone is generally most often the price. A new saxophone can end up costing almost ten times as much as you might pay for the same used version of the model. And saxophones aren’t the cheapest of instruments in the first place and so this might be a thing to turn you away from a new model.
What the above means is that one of the biggest positives for buying a used saxophone is the price. There are a lot of great used instruments out there that provide you great quality with an affordable price tag.
Some vintage saxophones are also a lot more enthralling to play and have the old natural tone that they produce. You can also find a lot of great used saxophones, even from the internet, making it quite easy to make proper findings.
At the same time it is often hard to really tell what the condition of the used saxophone is, especially if you aren’t able to test it out. There are also some unfortunate souls out there that want to trick you into buying something that isn’t as good quality as you’d like.
So the above tells us that there are a lot of pros and cons for buying both new and used saxophones. What it really all boils down to is your own price range and the ability to try out the instrument before you buy.
Look at websites that provide saxophone lessons and ask for advice. For example, the saxophone lessons at Pro Music Tutor can help you establish what are the key tone-related things you need to look for in a saxophone. There are also a lot of good guides like the one by Musician’s Friend and you should read it with care.
Picking the right saxophone is important and there is no way to know which instrument works for you until you try it out.
Sarah is in love with saxophone music and she could be listening to proper jazz all day long. She also likes to go to concerts all around the country and likes to travel to music festivals around the globe.
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