Best Saxophone Brands Of 2018/2019: 5 Most Popular Models Tested And Reviewed

A saxophone is one of the most popular musical instruments with countless advantages and benefits. It is also the most favorite instrument for children. All of this means that you or your child may need a saxophone right now. We tested some of the best saxophone brands and created a list of the 5 best models. To help you, even more, we will introduce the buyer’s guide which will help you understand the anatomy of saxophone and factors you should consider.

Buyer’s Guide

In the lack of a better word, the saxophone is a complicated musical instrument. Add the variety of classes or types if you prefer and you get an impossible task to choose the most suitable one for you. Well, we decided that the best saxophone is the one that meets all your requirements. That’s why we will explain the main types and the main elements.

Types of saxophone

Below you can see the most popular and the most common saxophone types. Each one is different and we will assist you by revealing which musicians need which type and why.

  • Sopranissimo- This is the smallest type of saxophone you can find. It is also very rare and reserved for professional musicians. As such, it won’t be a great choice for beginners. You will need a lot of time to master it.
  • Sopranino- This type is also small, but it offers non-curved design. On the other hand, it is reasonably popular.
  • Soprano- It is small, but it comes with all the features and it is more popular than the first two types. Non-curved design is present as well.
  • Alto- They are the most common and the most popular. It has a curved design and it is used by professionals and beginners.
  • Tenor- These models are the most popular in the world of jazz musicians. It has curved
  • Baritone- Yes, they are curved as well, but they are rare. The main purpose is in military compositions.
  • Bass- They are big, rare and the oldest of them all. The first saxophone was bass.
  • Contrabass- This is the biggest type and the rarest among big saxophones. You probably won’t find a model that meets your criteria.
  • Subcontrabass- These models are modified and they are big. However, they are rare and reserved for the special type of musicians.

Keys

You will want to consider the keys on your saxophone. There are basically two main types. The first type is die cast and it is made from solid metal. These keys feel solid, heavier and they are more durable than the second kind. As such, they are reserved for more expensive saxophones.

Stamped keys are made by a machine where they are stamped out of steel. All of this means that they are lighter, feel less comfortable and used in more affordable saxophones.

Pads

Pads refer to the elements that surround keys. They can be made out of cardboard which is the most affordable option, but it is used for low-end saxophones. They usually fail after a short period of time. Pads made of leather are a much better alternative.

Finish

Protective finish to be more precise is a mandatory factor to consider. A lacquer won’t affect the sound, but platting will. Those with silver finish have a brighter sound. Models with gold finish have heavier sounds. This will help you determine which saxophone is ideal for your purpose.

Case

Saxophones have sensitive and delicate construction. The finish is something that makes them look special as well. All of this means that you will need a great case in order to protect your new saxophone from the damages, scratches and etc. Make sure you get a model with this advantage or you will have to invest additional money in order to protect your instrument. A case is even more important for models with engraved motifs. They can be easily damaged and they are expensive to repair.

Top 5 Saxophones

Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto Saxophone

Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto Saxophone
Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto Saxophone

It is simply one of the best saxophone brands out there. Yes, the tested model is designed for students, but it is a bit more sophisticated than you may believe. First of all, you can have it with a guide for beginners, which is very useful. The attention to detail is above average and probably one of the best in this class. The saxophone is made to be used frequently and to be carried literally anywhere you want.

We tested the gold-finish model. It sounds perfect and it is very comfortable to use. The finish is also protective meaning that you won’t be able to scratch the surface or damage the unit. Just in case, you get a case which is capable of protecting the saxophone against anything.

Brass or silver finish

We mentioned that we tested a gold-finish model, but you can have a silver finish unit as well. The sound is slightly different, as you were able to see in the buyer’s guide mentioned at the beginning. All we should add is that both variations look excellent and they are professional-looking saxophones.

Nickel plated mouthpiece cap

The mouthpiece is layered with nickel. This is actually an advantage. You get better durability and using the saxophone is much easier. In order to get a clear picture how and why it is important, we will add that even more expensive models come with the same feature.

Pros:

  • Brass and silver finish
  • Attention to detail
  • Case
  • Mouthpiece cap

Cons:

  • Price
  • Poor customer support

Mendini by Cecilio MAS-L+92D+PB Gold Lacquer

Mendini by Cecilio MAS-L+92D+PB Gold Lacquer E Flat Alto Saxophone
Mendini by Cecilio MAS-L+92D+PB Gold Lacquer E Flat Alto Saxophone

This particular model is definitely interesting. The first thing we noticed is the price. It is one of the most affordable models on the market, but it is loaded with features and details you are actually going to need. The next best thing is the color versions available. You can have this saxophone in any color you like.

Beside the saxophone, you also get a case, which is important if you are looking for a way to protect your instrument. The keys are a bit special, as we will mention later on. Overall, this model is worthy of consideration and it has been one of the most common choices for beginners.

Leather pads

Yes, as you would expect the pads are made of leather. They are very durable and can withstand any kind of use. It is one of the rare saxophones in this price range that comes with pads made of this material. It is an advantage if you read our buyer’s guide.

Contoured keys

The keys are contoured and they are comfortable to use. They are also very easy to use and feel solid when you play. The entire saxophone is focused on high-quality sound and the overall quality. We must add that the best saxophone reeds can be easily linked to this model.

Pros:

  • Value for money
  • Comfortable
  • Available in different colors
  • Package

Cons:

  • Warranty
  • User manual

Glory Professional Alto Eb SAX Saxophone

Glory Professional Alto Eb SAX
Glory Professional Alto Eb SAX

It is affordable, it looks stunning and it comes with all you are going to need. Yes, this model is a desirable unit which has been with us for quite some time. We will also add that the saxophone is made to be a direct competitor of more expensive units. As such, you get a lot for your money.

Be free to browse the different color versions and get the one that you like the most. You won’t make a mistake. All variations are made in the same way using the same metals and same features. Also, all of them have engraved motive on the bell. It looks fabulous.

Pre-tested

Each model is tested and tuned at the factory. What this means is that you get the superb and pre-tested saxophone ready to be used. There is no need to test it or to tune it all by yourself. It is common practice for high-end models, but this is one is affordable.

Easy to adjust the key height

Adjusting the height of the keys is extremely simple and easy. It is done using a screw at the bottom which is massive, comfortable and requires just a few seconds to be adjusted. Now we know that the saxophone in question will suit all musicians regardless of their skill level or anything else.

Pros:

  • Pre-tested
  • Easy to adjust
  • Comfortable to use
  • Hand engraved motif

Cons:

  • Some elements are made of cheap materials
  • Requires plenty of maintenance

Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer

Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer
Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer

There are no a lot of special things we can say about the Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer. It is a simple model designed for all kinds of users, with the accent on beginners and intermediate musicians. The durability and the toughness of the saxophone are wonderful. That’s why we think that the tested model will be a desirable choice for most of you.

It is also known as the best saxophone alto you can buy which is optimized for heavy-duty usage. Obviously, you get the case and the essentials you are going to need in order to use the saxophone. Add the fact it is easy to play and you get a great opportunity to purchase a superb model of the saxophone.

Durability and reliability

All the elements are made of strong and durable metals and materials. As such, this means that you will use it for a long period of time, as long as you need it and the saxophone won’t fail at any point. It is surprisingly durable and strong if you ask us.

Sound quality

The sound quality is superior at the lack of a better word. We enjoyed playing on this model and we liked the music it is able to create. Of course, don’t forget that this isn’t a professional model which will impress even the most advanced users. Anyway, it is still impressive when used.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Reliable
  • Durable
  • Sound quality

Cons:

  • Spare parts are difficult to find
  • Lack of information

Windsor MI-1005 Alto Horn Bag

Windsor MI-1005 Alto Horn Bag
Windsor MI-1005 Alto Horn Bag

The Windsor MI-1005 Alto Horn Bag is one of the interesting products on the market that has been very popular for a long period of time. What you will like is the attention to detail. This saxophone looks excellent and it comes with all you are going to need. It is also superb when it comes to quality and it can be used by beginners, intermediate users, and even professionals.

Key caps are stunning as well. They look like no others and they are capable of meeting the requirements of the most demanding users. It is an excellent addition to this model which is far from expensive. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most affordable units we have here.

Great keys

All the keys come with special springs which make them easy and comfortable to use. We enjoyed the entire time and we believe that you will have a great time as well. The next best thing is the fact this particular model comes with heavy-duty keys. They are known for responsiveness which is on the highest level possible.

Engraved bell

In order to get a clear picture of how and why this partial model is desirable at the moment, we must reveal that it offers small, yet great additions. One of them is the engraved bell. It looks perfect and it is better than all other models in the same price range have to offer.

Pros:

  • Design
  • Package
  • Responsive keys
  • Durable model

Cons:

  • Case
  • Additional components are cheap

Conclusion

It is an obvious fact that the Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto is the best model here. It is made by one of the best saxophone brands and it comes with all you are going to need. We liked the ability to have it in two finishes which affect the sound and the overall package. All of this means that it gets 5 out of 5 stars which is an extremely good score. If you seek for something else be free to check other models from the list.