Although a new saxophone won’t be damaged you may still need to have your repair man do some adjustments, especially on the notes. A used sax, even if slightly abused can still be repaired to work as good as new or better.
Most of the typical things like adjustments, minor dents, worn pads are easily fixed so don’t let things like that scare you when looking at used saxophones.
Personally, I’ve never felt comfortable shopping at eBay even though I know there’s a lot of products available there. I feel more comfortable at Amazon. Even though some of the products you buy there are through their affiliate stores or storefronts, Amazon stands behind them on service and delivery etc and I like that.
Anyway, I mention that because a lot of people don’t think of going there when looking for used items such as in this case a used saxophone.
Many times when looking at an item you’ll notice below the new price it will say something like “2 used from $400″ with a link to view them. Now you won’t always see this as they don’t always have a used product for everything but a lot of times they will on used saxophones so it’s worth checking it out. Here are some I’ve recently found on there:
The Selmer Prelude Alto Saxophone is one of Selmers few student-intermediate models. It normally lists at around $600 and at Amazon for just over $500 but once in a while you’ll find it there for just over $400.
There are a couple exceptions but mostly any horn under $400 is a fairly cheap Chinese-made model.
LJ Hutchen Saxophone
Well, this is one of those exceptions! I have never tried an LJ Hutchen saxophone but am hoping to one day soon as they sell a ton of them over at Amazon. Just look at all those customer reviews almost all giving it a 5 start rating.
The company is American and are a well respected instrument maker. The thing about their horns are the low prices. I would look at one of these before looking at the cheapest Chinese-made ones. Even new the Amazon prices are well below $400!
The strange thing I noticed though is they sell the Hutchen alto for $360 and have a few used ones for around $500… just the opposite of what you’d expect but nothing wrong with getting a brand new one for way less than a used one.
The Yamaha YAS-23 (click the link to read my full review)
The Yamaha YAS (Yamaha Alto Saxophone) line includes several beginner to intermediate models ranging from around $1500 up to around $4000.
Here I’m talking about the Yamaha YAS-23 which is the standard or student model and is the lowest priced saxophone in this YAS series.
This is a good horn for any serious saxophone student and very well priced considering the quality of Yamaha instruments. But even if it’s out of your range you can pick one of these up at Amazon.com used for about one third of the new price… I’ve seen them there in the 400-600 dollar price range.
Yamaha YTS-23 Tenor Sax (click the link to read my full review)
The Yamaha YTS 23 is the student model and you can sometimes find a used one in the $700 range.
If you’re looking for a tenor sax in this price range you can’t do better than a Yamaha… they play and feel really nice and Yamaha makes quality instruments no matter which one you’re looking at. You can’t say that for all saxophone makers!
I don’t know too much about these horns although people talk about some of their earlier ones as being really good. This isn’t a pro horn but considered a student to intermediate level horn and go for about $700 new so expect it to be in the $500 range if you can get a used one.