If you need an alto saxophone and are willing to invest between 2,200 and 2,500 euros, then we tell you which alto saxes are in the most demand in Spain and as well as their characteristics. Let's go!
In 1st place (how could it be otherwise):
Yamaha YAS-62 04
The 4th and improved version of the old Classic 62, which was a revolution in the saxophone market. It belongs to the professional Yamaha series, and is a very versatile instrument that can be used in any genre, from classical to jazz or rock.
One of its peculiarities is its neck: the Yamaha G1. This neck is a breakthrough in design, improving the response of the saxophone and increasing the feeling of flexibility. Another of its peculiarities is the brace that joins it with the body of the instrument and adds harmonic richness to the sound, thus beautifying its timbre.
Yamaha has also applied other additional technological improvements to its YAS-62 04 (for example, in the mechanism connecting B and C#), in addition to the fully tempered body, which helps produce a more intense sound.
Many saxophonists, like the great Dave Koz, use this model.
And the best thing about Yamaha, not only its obvious manufacturing quality, is also its reliability: when you need any spare part, you have it at your disposal right away (looking for spare parts for other brands can sometimes be a nightmare).
In 2nd, we have:
This is another perfect sax for a serious musician with a long-term goal. Its construction is very solid, from one end to the other, both inside and out. It is a tough instrument, but also easy to use and designed with comfort in mind.
Some features of the A-W01 are the reset angle in the right pinky keys (for softer fingering), its metal resonator (which gives the saxophone a lighter sound, whatever the register or volume you play) and its blue steel springs (more resistant than stainless steel).
Yanagisawa offers greater speed between the C# and B-flat with its tilting mechanism, in addition to having the keys doubly connected (as is the case with the C# and B).
And last, but not least:
Selmer SeleS Axos
SeleS is the new brand that Selmer house made to complete its saxophone lineup, always keeping with the values that it has promoted since its foundation in 1885, but adapting to different budgets. In doing this, Selmer assumed a real challenge by investing in research to manufacture high quality instruments at an acceptable cost. And this is how SeleS was born.
The SeleS Axos, which is the model in question here, has been made since 2014 at the same Selmer factory in Mantes-la-Ville (France), as well as the well-known Selmer Series II and Series III models.
In the SeleS Axos, the post soldering is made by hand, so the whole body resonates properly. The mechanism is highly reliable, and it’s designed to play comfortably. Claude Delangle is fascinated with this instrument, and has said that it maintains all the characteristics of an authentic Selmer: the richness of sound and projection.
So, if you are thinking of buying a quality saxophone at a good price, these are 3 good options from 3 different brands.
We always advise people to go to a store where they can give you the best personalized service. In Spain, we particularly recommend Sanganxa Music Store. Why? Because you will not only find good prices, but you will also enjoy a great after sales service. Think about it: what is better? Maybe saving some euros at the time of purchase, or having the ability to be calm knowing your instrument will be taken care of if you have any problems?
In addition, Sanganxa doesn’t just carry Yamaha, Yanagisawa and Selmer, but it also carries many other great brands of saxes that you normally don’t see together in one place.
So, make an appointment for any of Sanganxa’s 4 stores; try and get tired of testing all the saxes and necks while in a quiet, soundproof room. In the end, if you decide to keep one, you can comfortably pay in installments, and they will give you a newly tuned instrument from their workshop. They also offer a free 3 month review of your instrument, plus a 50% discount on repairs that do not cover the saxophone warranty for 2 years after the purchase. You can not ask for more.
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