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Etude EAS-100 Student Alto SaxophoneMade out of fine metals for superior tone production with an attractive finish, the Etude EAS-100 is the perfect instrument for starting out on the alto saxophone. It is solid, reliable and available for a great price. The keywork, pads, and adjustment all work together to make tone production easier, more consistent, and stronger. And the bell brace and construction help make it as durable as possible. Particularly notable in this regard are the bracing on the undeerside of the neck and the bell-to-body brace. It also has a nice, strong metal palm rest. Includes case, mouthpiece, cap, and ligature.Etude believes believe that price should not be a barrier to experiencing the growth and joy that comes from making music. That’s why Etude offers you five of the most popular woodwind and brass instruments at an incredible price: flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. And no matter which you choose, you get a great design and outstanding construction that will give you years of musical enjoyment. See for yourself!
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I was really impressed when I received the instrument. I bought it for my Grand Nephew to finish out his Senior year in H.S. I am a professional musician for over 50 years and I am also a retired USAF Bandsmen.
The sax is in a very sturdy case that will take a lot of abuse. I played on the horn in it's full range and everything was very nice. I wasn't impressed with the mouthpiece and if the player is an intermediate musician I suggest another mouthpiece. Consult your teacher. The intonation was very good as was it's tone. There is no marching lira with it but those are cheap. You do get a very nice music stand with it in the accessory pack.
A plus is the adjustment on the articulated G#. This is a feature found only on very expensive horns. The only bad thing was a mis-adjustment on the Articulated B flat Bis key (B flat 1 and 4 fingering) A beginner is highly unlikely to use this fingering and it will not be a problem. This is a minor adjustment!!! and may have only been on this horn. Most shops wouldn't charge much to do it and maybe even nothing at all. The finish is really nice.
There is very adequate guarding on the lower keys and also a guard for the longer keys and rods.
I could find no serious fault with this instrument and the price is incredible. The pro musician might consider the Etude as a backup horn
I recently purchased this sax for marching band (as I own a Schagerl Amadeus Series alto sax for concert band), and I think for the price, the horn is wonderful. It has a generally good tone, and has a better tone than my Bundy II (which is about $800 new). The only "bad" part about the sax is the corks; there are no real corks (all rubber on the G# key and low Bb keys on the bell) except for the actual neck. These have fallen off from marching band. However with regular use the horn should be fine.
Overall I play on a 3.5/4 vandoren reeds (V12s usually), with an Al3 or C* mouthpiece and a vandoren optimum ligature. The tone quality is great, and the range of the sax is wonderful (I can hit altissimo D on this horn much easier than my nice sax). I was so shocked when I first played it and my tone was excellent (I have played on the Selmer Mark VI and the
series II; I do have a comparison point for tone).
Overall: PERFECT student horn. Amazing price, great tone, good response. The only thing I would say is a negative is that the little corks keeping the low Bb and G# are rubber and fall off (but this doesn't affect the music, it just makes a clanking sound when you play, and the keys stick out more; and it's easily fixable with glue). I don't know how Etude made a horn so cheap and such good quality!
Was shopping for an inexpensive alto to compliment my tenor. Wow, was I surprised! Very nice tone, middle D not stuffy at all (unlike my tenor). Low notes just roll out effortlessly. I gig on weekends and needed a horn that didn't cost a down payment on a house. I can't compare this to high end saxes but for the money you won't beat it. Maybe I got lucky, but even my tech said, "Not bad", and he's very fussy. Try if for 45 days, I didn't send mine back.
I'm giving this alto sax 5 stars as far as STUDENT MODELS go. Right out of the sturdy & plush ABS-type carrying case, it has a beautiful looking finish and engraving around and on the bell. Smooth key action throughout all of the keys. Comfortable hand positions, w/ a slight off-set of the right hand which is very much like professional horns! The intonation is close to perfect; the exceptions are due to slight mis-alignments of soldered key posts, the spring tension and pad seating during manufacturing but nothing so far out that they can't be tweeked (particularly the chromatic F# right hand and the octave key on the neck of my horn). I have done only 3 minor spring-tension and key position adjustments to "loosen" the "feel" and action even a bit more more to please my tastes, but for a aspiring, learning musician the current action & intonation are perfect for developing the embouchure, hand & finger muscle technique.
The sax came w/ a student-sized (small facing) mouthpiece (very easy to blow) but I prefer and have purchased an Otto-Link metal 6* w/ Rovner VERSA ligature and #2 reeds and all the notes are smooth, warm, breathy and fresh. The sub-tones are surprisingly easy to blow and to die for. I am a tenor sax player of 42 yrs but wanted an alto sax for added giggles too - I could not have chosen a better student model than this ETUDE to get me into the "swing" of things (I find that I'm a much better alto player).
I knew that I was NOT going to spend a whole lot of money and realize that I would be "beating-up" the horn silly. The ETUDE EAS-100 is perfect for me and this situation AND for any level of alto saxophonist whether it's in a concert band, stage band, marching band or pit band, no band etc... Don't buy any of those "cheap & colorful" horns on e-bay! Get an ETUDE EAS-100 and immediately start enjoying beautiful saxophone tones of your own (or your child, niece, nephew etc...) IT IS WELL WORTH THE COST and then some. I'm just saying.
I bought this for my son last year when he first entered band. I didn't want to spend a lot of money in the event that he chose not to like the band. The teacher had a nerve to call it cheap, but I proved her wrong with the number of high reviews on this product! This is his second year of band and the instrument is holding up well. I bought the warranty which will repair it should anything major happen to it. I refused to lease an instrument when I could purchase one for a fraction of the price. I recommend this brand of instrument to any one looking for quality savings!
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