sax_dude - you say that you're about to learn tenor, but you're also looking for alto suggestions. Have you simply not made up your mind? From what I've seen, most of your sax options will be available in both alto and tenor flavours, so perhaps you should concentrate first on which instrument you want to play? And there'll be plenty of good advice here.
ive decided that ill start with alto. cause most people say that i should start with alto.
That had me wondering for a bit until I found the post:
Very good points Tom, as I do know that Yamaha is not the cheapest brand. I keep hearing about Cannonball as being a great bang-for-the-buck, but I have a feeling that they're still more than Bauhaus Walstein.Hi Doron!
My problem with Yamaha student instruments is that they are IMO overpriced compared to other available horns. Also I am a little cautious of the fact that beginners could easily be fooled into thinking that you have to regularly upgrade your instrument from student to intermediate to pro level, all of which has cost implications. In UK a Bauhaus Walstein Alto sax can be bought brand new for under £500 and is considered by many to be of pro standard - some £250 cheaper than the Yamaha 275. I would happily recommend a pro Yami, and you can often buy a used one for less than a new Yami student model. A similar position holds in the brass world where Yami's previously dominant position has weakened as excellent cheaper alternatives have presented themselves. So on a pro level they seem to be sound but there are better and cheaper alternatives at beginner level. I have tried several Yami brass instruments and they seriously do not comp[are well to others as a total package (Weril, John Packer/Rath in the trombone market,for example.