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vinzenzo1

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I am looking at getting a horn and Found PhilBarone.com . Just doing some research and wanted to get input on these. I have been playing 4 , almost 5 months. i think its time to bring back the rental I have been using a purchase an intermdeiate horn. I also like the MACSAX however they might be too expensive for me right now. Any thoughts an these two manufacturers
 

ProfJames

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Hi Vonzenzo, you are in South Carolina I think I remember (?)
 

ProfJames

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I thought so! I am near Windsor in the UK and we don't see many Phil Barone or Macsax here! What have you been using for practice? Have you asked your teacher?
 

vinzenzo1

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I thought so! I am near Windsor in the UK and we don't see many Phil Barone or Macsax here! What have you been using for practice? Have you asked your teacher?

Been renting a Bundy II for a little while and my teacher states that the only Saxophone to buy is a Yamaha. I dodnt know about you but when someone is so set on one type of Saxophone I get concerned
 

ProfJames

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Well, I have fifteen horns and two are Yamahas! They are a great build, very robust and also forgiving. I would recommend one as well. I am sure other forum members will give their opinions. Glad that you are doing well.
 

vinzenzo1

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Well, I have fifteen horns and two are Yamahas! They are a great build, very robust and also forgiving. I would recommend one as well. I am sure other forum members will give their opinions. Glad that you are doing well.
wow. you have 14 horns . Someone told me abiout the Yamaha YAS-23 , that its a beginning horn but people have pl;ayed that for several years
 

altissimo

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I sometimes wonder if sax teachers get a commission from Yamaha... whatever you buy, try it out first and make sure you're comfortable with it and completely happy with your purchase.
 

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People call lower end priced Yamahs "Student" or "Beginner" horns but they are often used by full time Pros on stage , they`re fully capable of a lifetime of Professional hard work and a tough life on the road.. I`ve got a YAS21 (the 1st budget Yamaha model from the 70s) which looks like it has had such a life and is still playing superbly and sounding superb.

The strange thing is that if more Beginners started out on "Professional" Horns, more might stick with the instrument, the hardest to play instruments (talking relatively recent here) are generally the ones at the cheapest end of the market aimed at beginners) ...... thankfully now there are finally cheap horns which are fine to play but a student would still have an easier time with a better quality horn and mouthpiece .
 

vinzenzo1

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I sometimes wonder if sax teachers get a commission from Yamaha... whatever you buy, try it out first and make sure you're comfortable with it and completely happy with your purchase.

I will, the only thing is this" I, as a beginner, have no idea if any horn i try i is any good or not whether its expensive or not. . Most of the time, if it looks nice and and shiny it looks good to me HEHEHEHE So, I should have someone with me when I go
 

vinzenzo1

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People call lower end priced Yamahs "Student" or "Beginner" horns but they are often used by full time Pros on stage , they`re fully capable of a lifetime of Professional hard work and a tough life on the road.. I`ve got a YAS21 (the 1st budget Yamaha model from the 70s) which looks like it has had such a life and is still playing superbly and sounding superb.

The strange thing is that if more Beginners started out on "Professional" Horns, more might stick with the instrument, the hardest to play instruments (talking relatively recent here) are generally the ones at the cheapest end of the market aimed at beginners) ...... thankfully now there are finally cheap horns which are fine to play but a student would still have an easier time with a better quality horn and mouthpiece .

That does make sense to me. Cheaper is not always best for a beginner
 

Jamesmac

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I would recommend a S/H YAS 23. Then when you have built up your technique a bit more, you can sell the Yamaha for the same that you paid for it, then look around for a Conn 6m. Best Alto on the planet.;)
 

vinzenzo1

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I would recommend a S/H YAS 23. Then when you have built up your technique a bit more, you can sell the Yamaha for the same that you paid for it, then look around for a Conn 6m. Best Alto on the planet.;)

Thanks . I am taking everything into consideration. Looking at the YAS 23 on the Yamaha website
 

Colin the Bear

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I think teachers recommend yamaha because they are a known quantity. Reliable predictable and repairable. They hold their value too. As you advance and have more idea of where you're going and what you want from an instrument the Yamaha will Px or sell easily. Even as a beginner you'll know a good horn. It will fit your hands and be no trouble at all to play top to bottom. I think the terms beginner, intermediate and pro are misleading. If you get head and heart to agree, that's the one to buy.
 

vinzenzo1

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I think teachers recommend yamaha because they are a known quantity. Reliable predictable and repairable. They hold their value too. As you advance and have more idea of where you're going and what you want from an instrument the Yamaha will Px or sell easily. Even as a beginner you'll know a good horn. It will fit your hands and be no trouble at all to play top to bottom. I think the terms beginner, intermediate and pro are misleading. If you get head and heart to agree, that's the one to buy.

I appreciate it. Vinny
 

Greg Strange

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Here's Troy Roberts playing a so-called student Yamaha at the Sydney (or if your Australian, Seedneeeee) Opera House no less...that's the funny looking building that looks like a row of dinghys (or should that be dinghies) stacked up on end...in concert with me old mate James Morrison, no relation to Van and less grumpy...


Enjoy!

Greg S.
 

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