Dress to impress
Beauty in the Details
Beautiful hand engravings on the bell, body and neck - elegant details for the stage.
Every saxophone gets setup and play tested by one of our NAPBIRT certified technicians, who also happen to be professional saxophonists.
We've made improvements to the shapes of a number of different keys, so you can run those fast passages with less effort.
Stunning, any way you look at it...
I am 64 years old and started practicing the saxophone during the pandemic restrictions in 2020. I originally purchased the AS-400 (Silver) from Jean Paul approximately 1 year ago. I had used a rental sax from a local music store and realized how bad of an instrument the rental was as soon as blew my first note on my AS-400. I had to have the cork replaced on the neck of the AS-400 after about 10 months of use, other than that one of the screws fell out of the low D key roller. I repaired this myself. However, I immediately realized I needed to have a back up saxophone since I was taking my practicing pretty seriously. Just in case you have not realized it, I absolutely love my AS-400 silver edition. It sounds absolutely beautiful. It is a gorgeous instrument and the workmanship is apparent in every aspect of the instrument.
Anyhow, I went to the music store with the intent of purchasing a Yamaha professional alto sax. However, after playing the new Yamaha instrument for approximately 30 minutes, I realized I actually enjoyed playing my AS-400 a lot more and considering the Yamaha was approximately $2500 more than my $699 Jean Paul there was no way I was going to purchase it. I had seen the review of the AS-860 by Dr. Wally on youtube. The fact that he was doing the review without any obligation or commitment to Jean Paul was important to me as well as his perspective as a professional and accomplished musician. I took a second chance with Jean Paul and ordered the AS-860. I received it in mid October 2021 and I can honestly say, "I love the instrument." In fact, my teacher is now searching the Jean Paul music site in order to order herself an instrument from Jean Paul. I have had one performance so far and I am in the process of preparing for a holiday concert (for my wife). The quality of the AS-860 is nothing to be reckoned with. It is meticulous in every detail of quality. Even though Dr. Wally mentioned the rough edges around the bell of the instrument he reviewed, I had none. I do like my JP AS-400 case more than the JP AS-860 case, however I don't play the case and I am not traveling at this point with my instrument. Therefore I am fine. In addition. I immediately noticed the extra bells and whistles on the AS-860. The instrument is a professional grade instrument and I have literally almost put down my AS-400 completely, since I enjoy playing the AS-860 so much. You did a great job.
There is one last issue I would like to mention, however it does not affect the playing of the instrument at this time. On the neck of the instrument, near where it slides into the body of the horn, the gold coloring is changing (see photos below). It started with what appeared to be almost a tear drop sized discoloration but is growing around the entire bottom of the neck. If this continues I will be requesting a new neck for the instrument. This is the only issue I have experience so far with the AS-860.
Keep up the good work and I may be purchasing a tenor sax later.
It’s a greate piece of art. It’s a beautiful instrument and well constructed. Have a good sound. I feel grate for this purchase. Thanks.
Great horn. Had my doubts after having Yamaha tenor and soprano which I love, I was looking for an Alto to add to my collection.but didn't want to pay as much. Took a chance on Jean Paul. Wow! Im not disappointed. Nice smooth key play and it stays in tune. Loving it.
Suuuuper contento con esta máquina As-860
Buena afinación y ergonomia,aún lo sigo probando y ver más adelante.
I purchased the new addition to the Jean Paul line, the Alto Sax AS860 Professional after seeing the YouTube review by Dr Wally Wallace. I play professionally and was looking for a horn to carry me over while having my Selmer Super Action Series II refurbished. Given the price difference between other professional horns and the AS860 I was a bit skeptical regarding the claim of "Professional" horn. To my surprise, the ergonomics, intonation and key action rivaled my $4,500 Selmer. More good news, the service is exemplary. The first horn I received arrived with one of the soldered posts holding the low Bb cage separated. I reported the issue using their website. The next day Ken (yes, first name basis) called me personally and immediately put into motion shipping me (by second day air) a replacement and emailed me a prepaid label for return of the broken horn. All done at their cost. I requested they go over the replacement horn really well. Carlos, the tech guy, sent me a video of him checking out the horn. Four days latter I received the new horn all in great working order. I doubt you would receive this kind of service from the companies selling Professional horns at 3 to 4 time the price. Two things I would like to see improved are, a better case as the horn moves within the case. (Ken said they are working on that), and to have the AS860 Model Number engraved on the horn. Ken told me you can call the factory to verify the horn is an AS860 using the serial number. Excellent value, Excellent Service. I highly recommend the purchase.