February 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm #82491
you are correct in your thinking…
a pro horn will play better for you, be more in tune, feel better mechanically etc.
a $200 horn might not ever allow you to play in tune and will feel aweful.
But you certainly can work up to a great sounding player without a pro horn.
a top student model to intermediate from a good manufacturer will be fine.
the rest will come from you (breathing and embouchure) your reeds and your mouthpiece.
the mouthpiece will be your most important choice, the one piece of equipment capable of improving your sound the most.February 25, 2019 at 9:07 am #82504
@johnny Thanks for the props you gave to Trevor James Saxophones in your blog article 🙂 https://www.howtoplaysaxophone.org/buying-a-saxophone/ I’ve had my SR Tenor and Signature Custom Alto for almost 3 years and they’re still like brand new, has never given me any issues. The SR Tenor used to be their pro-line Tenor, but when they released Signature Custom line of Saxophones, they bumped it down to the Intermediate level. With the SR Tenor, I got a fantastic sax at an awesome price. With the SR Tenor, The bell and the bore of the neck is bigger than most Saxophones, which helps project a very full, fat sound.February 25, 2019 at 3:12 pm #82560
I have a new trevor james alto, SR. I’m only playing for 2 years (less than 1.5 years), so I can not make full use of its features, but I think it was one of my best purchases I have ever done.February 25, 2019 at 3:50 pm #82561
Yes Martin, I agree those are very nice horns!February 25, 2019 at 4:48 pm #82562
@ Martin That’s so cool you have SR Alto! 🙂 Owning the SR Tenor, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy SR Alto if I needed to buy another Alto. I bought the SR Tenor because it has a wider bore than the other Trevor James Saxophones. I wonder how that wide bore would work out on an Alto….that’s not a trait we would normally see in an Alto Sax. I would imagine it would really help to get some awesome projection 🙂 When you push the SR Tenor, you can hear this ‘zzzzz’ sound buzzing through the horn.February 26, 2019 at 2:57 am #82571
Yes, 1.5 years ago, I decided that I would finally buy my own sax (I had borrowed from school before). Trevor James is not very widespread in our country (Czech in middle Europe). Dealer has ordered and brought to the store (just for me) Horn 88 model – it has a cool “frosted gold” surface. I went to try it at the shop, and when I was there, I tried SR too. Although I only played for half a year at that time, I was able to recognize the difference. I said “I do not care what the look is – sound and tone are more important to me”, and I bought SR!February 26, 2019 at 5:26 am #82573
Trevor James is starting to become more popular here in the US, but there are still lots of players who’ve never heard of them. At the annual NAMM show that’s held in California each year, both Trevor James Saxophones and their US dealer have been at the show and gotten great feedback. They’ve conducted ‘blindfold’ tests where players tested a Trevor James Saxophone vs another model to see which Sax felt/sounded better to them. When the player takes the blindfold off, he’s shocked when he learned he picked the Trevor James model. If you go to the US Dealer’s facebook page, you’ll see they did the same kind of test–check out the results they got from the test 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/TrevorJamesSaxes/videos/251811245454743/February 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm #82595
ya good for you martin in choosing that one.
they aren’t that widespread in N America either….yet. they are gaining a good reputation and from the TJ’s I’ve played they’re at the very top
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