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Saxophones Gear4music Alto or SMS Accademy Jericho J6 Alto?

rsproduction

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hallo, I'm writing from Italy, I currently play Keyboards and EWI. I want to start to play a real saxophone (alto). Considering only new instruments, the dilemma (now), at low-budget, is buying Gear4Music Alto or SMS Accademy J6 Alto? Which of them will be the best choice in term overall quality, ergonomic, sound and playability? Help me! Many thanks! :confused:
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Not had any dealings with either, but have heard of quite a few GFM sax's turning up with bits missing/broken so would suggest going for the Academy..
 

Colin the Bear

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I have 3 G4m saxes. Tenor alto and sop. Elsewhere on this forum I have discussed them.

They are great saxophones and red submarine have a no quibble returns policy in the unlikely event that something should be wrong.

I would recommend buying their normal instruments. The shop soiled, ex demo and special offers have faults. These are simple faults that an experienced player/tech can easily fix but may baffle and frustrate a beginner.

I think I've had my alto for almost two years. It played great straight out of the box and the only thing worth mentioning is the nickel plating has worn off the right hand thumb rest through playing it so much.

The tenor was "ex demo". It needed a pad refitting and regulating before it would play. I had no problem doing this myself and enjoyed a bargain £190 price tag. It plays great and has had no further issues in around a year.

The curved soprano was also "ex demo" and wouldn't play. It needed some reshaping of the keys and levers with a hand grinder as they were clashing. It came in at £160 and plays great now.

The alto and tenor are laid out like a Yanni so the hand friendliness is the same.

The sound will be you, so a clip of my alto is meaningless.

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rsproduction

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I have 3 G4m saxes. Tenor alto and sop. Elsewhere on this forum I have discussed them.

They are great saxophones and red submarine have a no quibble returns policy in the unlikely event that something should be wrong.

I would recommend buying their normal instruments. The shop soiled, ex demo and special offers have faults. These are simple faults that an experienced player/tech can easily fix but may baffle and frustrate a beginner.

I think I've had my alto for almost two years. It played great straight out of the box and the only thing worth mentioning is the nickel plating has worn off the right hand thumb rest through playing it so much.

The tenor was "ex demo". It needed a pad refitting and regulating before it would play. I had no problem doing this myself and enjoyed a bargain £190 price tag. It plays great and has had no further issues in around a year.

The curved soprano was also "ex demo" and wouldn't play. It needed some reshaping of the keys and levers with a hand grinder as they were clashing. It came in at £160 and plays great now.

The alto and tenor are laid out like a Yanni so the hand friendliness is the same.

The sound will be you, so a clip of my alto is meaningless.


Compliments for your performances! :thumb:The G4M Alto sound so fine! What MP do you use?
The dilemma in choosing between the two saxophones remains... Jericho J6 also sound good.
It's a little bit brilliant, while G4M seems to be more darker. Obviously will depend on the MP used...
The problems with these could be attributed to the quality checks...
They are respectively a carbon copies of Yani and Yami....
What about the G4M after selling services and International Warranty?
 

Colin the Bear

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The sound is meaningless. The sound you create will be your own. The clips will only give you an idea of playability of the G4M alto. You need to talk to them about after sales etc.
 

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