The La Sax is an intermediate level sax
The LA Sax company has been around for about 30 years. The most noticeable difference with their saxophones is the huge array of finishes they have available. You can get pretty funky and way-out kinda finishes but even their almost regular type gold-ish finishes look really amazing and cool, I think.
All saxophones are basically made with the same materials which unlike most people think is not %100 brass like a trumpet but a mixture of brass and other alloy metals.
The LA saxophone Big Lip model for example uses a different brass alloy in the mix called cupronickel, which is an alloy of copper and nickel. Interesting fact to note here is that cupronickel is largely used in piping, heat exchangers and condensers in seawater systems as well as marine hardware because it’s highly resistant to corrosion.
Regardless of the slight variations of materials used to make a sax, they will most likely all get a scratch or dent and make an unsightly mark in that beautiful finish, whatever color or style it is. A plain lacquer finish will normally hold together because it’s just a clear coat covering the metal but some of the crazier types of finishes can chip and peel easily when damaged.
That being said, some of the LA saxes finishes look very cool! You just need to be extra careful with it and if you do dent it realize there may be more cost for repairs than a more traditional sax finish.
Some Beautiful Looking Saxophones!
LA Sax Models
The models of interest are the Series One and the Big Lip
The Series One’s unique features are high F key, the hi G key and the high C whisper key. Also in the Series One are the finger keys made of black abalone.
The Big Lip feature’s a different type of material used for making the sax called cupronickel which is an alloy made of copper and nickel. The tenor sax has an extra wide bell, semi-precious stones on the finger keys, Italian pads and metal tone boosters and a high F# key.
I would buy an LA Saxophone purely for the great looks and have fun with it at certain places but it would never substitute one of my main horns. I’m not %100 sold on their sound and according to a couple repair guys I’ve talked to aren’t the best-built saxophones either.
If you’re going to spend upwards of $1000 a better choice lies in the Yamaha Saxophones.