Received on time, and the horn was ready to go immediately out of the case. This instrument comes in a very nice case by the way.
After a few days of playing, I found one pad that wasn't closing tightly (the tone hole directly above the left-hand "b" key) when playing a "G." Figured out which adjustment screw to turn and I used a jeweler's screwdriver (righty-tighty) to adjust that key so it closes fully and voila, it now plays great from top to bottom.
If you are looking to get started with soprano sax or you are an experienced player looking for an affordable instrument, you'll be delighted either way.
Finally, I'll echo the recommendations found across the internet when it comes to pairing a new sax with a non-stock mouthpiece. I use different mouthpieces when I want a change to my color or tone. It's best to do your own investigation and find one or two that you like. Pair it with this horn and you've got a winning combination!
I had previously bought an intermediate trumpet (not a Jean Paul), and had a really hard time getting anything out of it except for a few rather "obscene" noises.
After that dismal failure I purchased a Jean Paul students trumpet (TR330) from Jean Paul. A major improvement!
I am self teaching and have no desire to play in an orchestra nor a jazz band. This is strictly for my own "enjoyment" (??)
I still stink... but I stink a whole lot less than with the other, and am having a great time doing it!
Over all... Unlike my neighbors and the furry creatures living nearby... I'm having a lot of fun with my new trumpet.
Thanks Jean Paul... despite the torches and pitchforks of my neighbors.
My wife recently purchased the FH-430 flugelhorn for me. It came in on the day advertised. Beautiful horn. Great sound. Played all day when it came in. Ready right out of the box. Oiled valves and greased slides. I play trumpet, flugelhorn, baritone, and alto horn. This new flugelhorn is the prize of my collection. If you ever make an alto horn, I would like to see it. Thanks again. Danny Stockman.
The horn plays well. It does not feel hard to play. I would recommend this: cheap for its quality.
I bought this tenor about half a year ago and works great. I am currently a high school student and feel like I can this horn with no difficulties. Very free-blowing and not very hard to get sound out. It felt weird that the keys were so fast responding and very easy to press since the previous tenor I was borrowing wasn't exactly in the best shape. 5 stars from me. My only complaint is that the lacquer comes off a little faster than I would like, but other than that, perfect for beginners.
First off, the action is buttery smooth, the horn has a beautiful gold lacquer finish, appears to be well-made, and plays better than my intermediate horn (famous brand) from the dark ages. I wanted to buy a saxophone that had a qualified experienced technician regulate the horn, after a poor experience with my old horn. I now know to perform a light test for leaks. The Jean Paul has no pad leaks. Despite what a local store technician, a band director, and a private teacher told me, a light test showed the old horn came new with a slight leak in the lowest pad while playing but not if pressed hard while examining. Because the difficulty and exasperation I had with the old horn I eventually changed to bass clarinet. That is one reason I chose Jean Paul because I wanted to buy a saxophone that had a qualified experienced technician regulate the horn, after my poor experience with my old horn. I chose the professional horn because I didn't want to have to upgrade later. From my experience, especially for a student you have to have a saxophone that operates perfectly or it is just to difficult to fight with. I also appreciate the awesome test videos they sent me. I bought the current internet recommended mouthpiece for beginners until I developed my embouchure again. However, the included Jean Paul mouthpiece is better-- low notes are easier plus sound better, and I haven't played in a long time. I don't think you can go wrong with Jean Paul.
Student Alto Saxophone
This has been a great clarinet for my son! It’s easy for him to play, and it produces a nice sound. Great value!
We ordered this trumpet for me a month ago....Jean Paul's T330 Trumpet shows you don't need an expensive Trumpet to sound good! I'm really amazed at this Trumpet. It comes with a 7C Mouthpiece (a great beginner's mouthpiece), which you can upgrade if you choose. Pair a high-quality Mouthpiece with this Trumpet, take care of the trumpet + the player behind the instrument, and you're good to go for quite some time. When you unbox this trumpet--and before you play it--it's recommend you oil the valves with high-quality valve oil, like the 'Blue Juice' line of Valve Oil (instead of using the valve oil that comes with the trumpet). The trumpet comes with instructions on maintenance/care of the trumpet. I plan on getting the Jean Paul's Flugelhorn in a few months.
I sold my Selmer SA80 about four years prior to purchasing my Jean Paul Anniversary edition. I spent a significant amount of time looking at different brands, reading reviews, and watching demo videos. Dr. Wally and a few other youtubers brought my attention to the Jean Paul brand, and the pro level alto sax. In the end I decided to get a silver Anniversary Edition alto, and have played more in the last two weeks than in the previous 15 years combined! Easy blowing horn, and decent mouthpiece that comes with the horn.
However, I upgraded my mouthpiece set up, and now I'm *nearly* back to my old sound. Now if I can get my old technique back, well, let's see, but I can say that the horn will make that work easier with the smooth action throughout. The low end sounds nice, and up to high F# too. Can't speak to the altissimo range as my embouchure is not up to it, but working on overtones to get there is encouraging as the horn is much less resistant to overtone/long tone work than my old sax. This sax has me wanting to play again and doesn't get in the way of that by being hard to play with a nice tone or too much work to do difficult passages. My focus has been exclusively on the music and not the horn itself.
Thank you Jean Paul for creating a way for an adult enthusiast to get back to playing with a well built and great sounding horn at a reasonable price point.
I’ve been looking at tenor saxophones for a while no glad I came across the Jean Paul TS-400. It is a great sounding instrument at a very reasonable price. If you have shopped for these instruments you will find used models cost nearly as much and you will likely deal with rep adding, corking and adjustments. Why take the risk when such a great instrument is available.
Professional Trumpet Case
I bought this saxophone for my wife, who had wanted a saxophone for 10 yrs. I played alto saxophone back in school and I was amazed that after all these years I was able to get a good tone from your instrument while trying to show her how the instrument works. So far she is enjoying it and everything looks great.
I own a Yamaha YAS 62-iii, it is a solid alto but I wanted to pick up tenor so I shopped around. Saw this brand and decided to give it a shot and was not disappointed at all. Plays like a Yamaha YTS Custom Z but at a 3rd of the price. Solid case with no wiggle room, saxophone sounds smooth and easy to play. Definitely will be buying from Jean Paul USA here on out, their quality is right up there with Yamaha but significantly cheaper. If you're looking for a horn that isn't one of the well-known brands (Yamaha, Selmer, Yanigisawa) but can still keep up, I highly recommend Jean Paul USA's intermediate to professional line.