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Well-made student sax with rugged bracing.

Made 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' 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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Excellent tone production
Easy to play
Mechanically reliable
Comes with case, mouthpiece, ligature and care products.

Order now and give your music student every chance to excel.

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EtudeEAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone
 
4.0

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Easy to play (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

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    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Buy

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...Read complete review

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

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it's ok

This saxophone should only be considered for an absolute beginner, or someone who hasn't played in many years and wants to get back into it. I fit in the latter category, so it...Read complete review

This saxophone should only be considered for an absolute beginner, or someone who hasn't played in many years and wants to get back into it. I fit in the latter category, so it fits my purposes relatively well. I also wanted to see if I'd be motivated enough to be disciplined in practicing seriously and not have to drop a lot of cash to figure that out. If I continue to play regularly, I will definintely outgrow this instrument in about a year or two. The reasons: 1. Side right keys are very low in position and awkward to access, makes playing fast passages very difficult without having to move your hands a ton. 2. Side F# key is also awkward to access and it rubs against the E key if it's depressed. 3. Shoddy craftsmanship; there are metal shavings stuck inside the wall of the body, particularly around the joint between the main body and horn, the lower octave port near the neck joint, and the high octave port on the neck; this has been causing my silk swab to catch and rip when I wipe it after playing. 4. Intonation is not the greatest, but if you have a good ear and practice how to adjust pitch with embouchure, vocal cavity, etc. you can compensate with any horn, even the cheapest. I wouldn't say this is the worst horn; I've played others around this price range and they were terrible. I actually ordered the Allora before this one and had to return it because the intonation was sooo bad it made playing not even fun. Bottom line: If you have the cash, even if you're a beginner, go with something in the intermediate model price range. I can't recommend that enough. Playing an instrument is an investment and it would be best to start on a better instrument if you can afford it. I'd recommend a Yamaha student model, and second a Bundy if that's a bit more affordable. A Yamaha student can get you there and back and can even get you through college (I've seen some of my colleagues play on Yamaha student models when doubling as their second instrument in college). With all that said, if you can't afford to start with something better, which is where I am (but I've played sax for about 5 years in high school and beginning of college, and now have two degrees in music performance - not in saxophone), this is the horn to start on at this price range. Just be prepared for looking into something better relatively soon, even as soon as a year.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good deal!

By 

from Wilmington, DE

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

This is a good sax. I play tenor but I wanted an alto too. This is a good side instrument. I would recommend it on a low income.

  • Gender:
  • Male
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Saxophone Shaped Object

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from Lancaster NY

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Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

An Etude saxophone came into our band instrument repair shop. The parent said the sax was out of tune. Inspection of the instrument revealed a very poorly made instrument with many deficiencies. The tone holes were not level. The key cups came down unlevel as well so that there were leaks either in the front or back of the pad. Pad cups were so far off center to the tone holes so that some of the pad resonators actually were hitting the tone holes. We told the customer that it would need a $400.00 overhaul. Customer said they said they only paid $400.00 for it brand new. We explained they got exactly what they paid for - the parts of a saxophone that now needed to be set-up and adjusted properly. I understand that parents don't want to spend a lot of money on an instrument until they know if the student will stick with it. But when you handicap the student with an instrument that is difficult to play you are guaranteeing that they will quit. Go to a real school music dealer and rent a good sax on a trial basis until you know if student is serious. At least put something into their hands that will encourage them rather than discouraging them.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Helpful Staff, and son is enjoying his first saxophone

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from Metairie, LA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

My son use his saxophone for school band

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I would not buy this again

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from Maine

Verified Buyer

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

Sax was shipped quickly, however it had sticky keys, the octave key was unusable, and the intonation was off throughout the range...On the plus side, it did look nice.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!!!

By 

from Maine

Verified Buyer

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

I bought this instrument for our local school.... I am a retired music teacher and had asked the band director if there were any students that were in need....She mentioned one student whose parents couldn't afford to rent an instrument. My husband and I agreed that NO child should be deprived a musical education because there is always a way!!! ...So, with the help the teacher (since I was a strings teacher) we ordered this alto sax and it is working beautifully for her student. She said the smile on her face when she was given this instrument was worth millions.....Who knows.....she may be the next Coltrane!!!!!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again if I had too - shipping was timely!

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from Baltimore, MD

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Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

This is for my 4th grader starting band at her school. The music/band teacher accepted the brand name & instrument. The packaging included all the pieces to get off the ground running! The price was amazing...long as my daughter doesn't play bseball with it it should fit our needs.

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  • No

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shipping

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from Male

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

Do u ship to Maldives

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's alright, pretty cheap and sounds pretty good

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from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

I'm a student and I don't know much about saxophones. All I know is how to get press on my keys and get the right sound. My instrument was fine up to my standards except that the first octave D sometimes messes up (it'll play octave A). Nothing that can't be fixed though, just a screw that would frequently loosen. I enjoy playing it and it's affordable, I'm a college student and I didn't have a job only financial aid so it still left money for books and materials I needed for school.

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  • No

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I wouldn't buy it again.

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from Indio,Ca

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Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

The instrument came out broken.

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  • No

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't waste your money

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from Wyoming

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Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

This instrument may be cheap, but the money you save on the initial purchase you will have to spend, and then some later because you will either have to buy a new one. The local repair shop has said they won't repair these because they can't get the parts. The students that have brought these into the band hall where I teach have had adjustment issues within a month and have such a harsh, gross tone that I end up giving them a school horn anyway.

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