How much is a saxophone?
Saxophone prices range from anywhere super cheap to super expensive. Now choosing a saxophone takes a lot of research and when looking to buy a saxophone it is important not just to find out what kind of saxophone it is but also who is selling it and about the brand and their warranties.
Saxophones can start off as low as $100 but getting a brandless saxophone or a used saxophone, that is not certified by the manufacture themselves, at this price is just not a good idea. There is no warranty, there is no guarantee, there is no inspection, and there is no quality control, heck there may not even be a way to return the item! Saxophones are incredibly complex machines and require special attention from the start of the building all the way to the end result when it gets inspected. These instruments should not be an option as they are most likely to cause a dent in your wallet and leave you looking for a new saxophone.
Beginner class students instruments that are around $250. I would categorize these type of companies as sellers that only sell on third party merchant websites (Amazon, Ebay…) While they are much better than the category above, they are also risky. Customer service is not an absolute and quality control is most likely not done. This could lead to many problems and while there are definitely times where you could get a good saxophone, there is quite a risk. All you have to do is ask yourself one question. Is there a company phone number I can call if I have any questions? If the answer is no then its best to be skeptical. Customer service should be all business number one priority, having a phone number is of utmost importance.
Intermediate instruments around $450 and above- Now we believe this is the category that the Jean Paul USA AS-400 falls into. Jean Paul USA truly believes that although it is categorized as a student/intermediate saxophone we believe that they can compete with any saxophone up to $2,000. Our engineers found ways to see how there is plenty of opportunity to create a great saxophone without having to sacrifice any quality. The question is how? See Jean Paul USA is a family company and goes directly to the musician. Big companies like Yamaha and Selmer have plenty of employees and they have stores selling their products so all those expenses pile on top of each other before it reaches you. Jean Paul USA on the other hand goes straight to the musician. As a matter of fact you will fine features on our saxophone that most $1,000 to $2,000 saxophones do not have. For example: Blue Steel Springs. Jean Paul USA also offers the best warranty on the market, a wear and tear warranty. This basically means that they will take care of anything except for accidents like dropping it. Most companies (if they do have a warranty) offer a limited manufacturer warranty, which basically means you are at their mercy.
Student Saxophones from Yamaha, Selmer. These start in the thousands and they are definitely great instruments. The question that needs to be asked is is this really affordable? Is this really plausible for a student! Also what makes them so expensive? A lot of people believe that what sets companies such as Yamaha and Selmer apart from all other companies is that they don't make their instruments in China. This is not true! Yamaha's student models can be made in China along with Selmers. Also many of their horns that are made in Japan although they are built there, the parts can be made in China. Now there is nothing wrong with this whatsoever and this old stigma of “made in China” is not like it used to be. We have taken plenty of trips to China and these factories are truly incredible. However it is important to dissolve this bias that Yamaha and Selmer are above the other instruments because of where they are made.
Intermediate and Pro Models can start at $3,000 dollars till however much the most expensive saxophone out there costs. There is no doubt these saxophones are great whether it's from Yamaha or Yanagisawa, these are quality horns. Now there are definitely companies out there that may have the same quality but don't have that brand name so it is extremely and I mean extremely important to always be a truth seeker and open minded.