Just starting to learn alto sax and have been offered a "like new" Roy Benson Alto Eb 202A. Can members please let me know if this is a good purchase and also recommend a good mouthpiece? Much appreciated
as far as I know they're an OK student sax. Certainly I see a lot of them advertised here. However I've never played one, and haven't heard anything good or bad about them. The saxes aren't made here. They're probably imports from China, which isn't necessarily bad or good. Jonf's advice is good.The company is a German based sax manufacturer www,roy-benson.com and seem to have a good pedigree
I didn't realise it before, but the 202A is more up market than the basic ones that retail around 200 or so. If the teacher says it's a good buy, then we're happy for you!Many thanks. Have purchased the Roy Benson 202A and had my first lesson. The sax was like new and my teacher said I got a good buy. They retail about £450 and I have enjoyed getting sound out of it (!) and enjoy practising.
Make sure you enjoy what you're doing - and have some realistic targets. Lots of good helpful people here, amongst all the banter (keeps us sane...). Most of us have been through all the problems you'll find, so can help from experience.Once again thank you and if you have any tips for playing saxophone or further advice I would certainly appreciate it.