Yamaha YAS-23 Student Alto Saxophone
Student saxophones ore designed for the beginner and meant
to provide an excellent start for the first years of
playing. Most student saxophones are relatively easy to
play, produce a pleasant tone and feel comfortable in the
beginner's hands. Teacher-Recommended
Intermediate (Step-Up) Saxophones:
Once a student is established and has mastered the
fundamentals of good playing, it's important to purchase an
instrument that will help continue their growth.
Intermediate saxophones, while not sporting the fancy
handwork of professional models, produce very good tone and
feature key work similar to that of the highest quality
Designed and constructed with the professional musician in
mind, these saxophones have excellent response, intonation
and tone. They usually are adorned with attractive
handwork, like hand-hammered keys and hand engraving. They
also are offered in clear or colored lacquer finishes and
silver or gold plating. Recommended
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By far, the
majority of saxophones worldwide are constructed of
clear or gold lacquered brass.
Black Lacquer /
Black or Matte
lacquer is heavier than clear or gold and adds weight
to the body of the instrument. This finish is extremely
popular for tenor saxophones for producing a thick,
lacquer, silver plating adds weight to the saxophone to
darken and center the tone. Because the plating is
harder than lacquer, this option adds greater volume
Due to its extreme
hardness, nickel plating offers the greatest projection
and brightest sound. Nickel plating is a favorite among
Being heavier and
softer than brass, copper and bronze saxophones offer
the darkest and most covered timbres.
player to play an altissimo (above high C) F# by
adding a single key.
player to play an altissimo (above high C) G by
adding a single key.
playing the altissimo F by using an index finger key
on the front of the saxophone.
Tilting a spatula, or pinky key, allows for a more comfortable, secure hold.
In choosing a saxophone, you need to consider your
musician's age and skill level, and the kind of use
(school band, marching band, orchestra, etc.) to which
they will put their instrument. If for school, consulting
with the band teacher is a good idea. Whatever saxophone
you select, The Woodwind & Brasswind's
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be sure it's right for you. If it's not, just return it
for a full refund.* And you don't need to worry about
paying too much. Our 45-Day Lowest Price Guarantee means
that if you find the same saxophone advertised for less
elsewhere, we'll make up the difference. When you buy
your saxophone from The Woodwind & Brasswind, you can buy
with complete confidence.
*All returned woodwind and brass instruments are assessed
a $10.00 sterilization fee. Instruments priced over
$3,000.00 are assessed a $20.00 fee.
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