The Series III 62 alto saxophone incorporates the long history of Selmer’s clear tone quality and consistent intonation, or ability to play in tune. With a lighter design to be more facile this model includes compact keys, a lighter neck mechanism and thinner, but beautiful, engraving. Mini-rib construction means the system to attach keys to the saxophone is comprised of less metal, allowing the saxophone to vibrate more freely for better response without compromising durability. Keys are positioned to naturally fit the hands for speed. This alto saxophone also comes standard with an S80 C* mouthpiece, another professional Selmer favorite, especially among classical and ensemble musicians. The Series III 62 is available in a matte finish, black lacquer, and silver-plating.
The YAS-82ZII is Yamaha’s top alto saxophone model. The bell of the horn is constructed in a single piece for better response in the low register and increasing overall tone color variety. Equipped with domed metal resonators, this allows for clearer articulation and volume flexibility in all registers of the saxophone. Another feature for dynamic, or volume, control is the wide bore taper of the saxophone neck for free blowing expression. Mechanisms in the table keys are designed to ensure keys seal properly for the best response in the lower register. The front F-key, used for notes near the top of the saxophone's range, is adjustable to make producing the highest notes easiest for each individual player. The YAS-82ZII is also available in an unlacquered finish to allow the brass to vibrate freely for more projection, black lacquer for a darker tone and silver plating for a brighter sound.
Selmer Series III 64 tenor saxophones have a centered tone and consistent intonation throughout the range of the instrument. Updated to be lighter in construction, a new lacquer with thinner engraving has been used. A lighter mechanism on the neck further streamlines this tenor saxophone. Selmer’s Series III 64 is constructed using mini-ribs, which means there is less metal used to attach keys to the saxophone. The result of using lighter materials and less metal is freer vibration and better resonance. Keys are adjusted to fit naturally underneath the hand and are compact for better facility. Improved from older models, the Series III 53 tenor saxophone has an overall slimmer appearance and quicker response without compromising Selmer's signature sound. This tenor saxophone is also available with matte, black lacquer, or silver-plating finishes, each of which provide a slightly different tone color.
Yamaha’s YSS-875EX has a hand hammered body, constructed for the best tone quality and consistent intonation. The key post rib plating is adjusted carefully for the most response and resonance in the saxophone's sound. With a new neck design, the YSS-875EX allows for greater dynamic control and good intonation. This model is designed with one of Yamaha’s most comfortable key designs with an adjustable thumb rest. The YSS-875EX is also available in silver plating for a brighter tone and black lacquer for a darker tone.
P. Mauriat’s System 76 soprano saxophone is one of the most affordable saxophones on this list. The body is hand hammered from a single piece of brass, allowing for a warm, centered tone and has a large bore and bell for maximum projection without compromising the tone quality. In addition to being available with two necks, the System 76 soprano saxophone can also be purchased as a one-piece straight neck horn, based on player preference. The downside to this saxophone is it does not have a high G-key, which comes standard on most other professional soprano saxophones. However, this can be worked around. Outside the standard gold lacquer, the P. Mauriat System 76 soprano saxophone is also available in a vintage dark lacquer, for a slightly darker tone. The lacquer is applied in three stages for an aesthetically pleasing look and even coating.
Known for a clear, consistent sound and reliable intonation, or ability to play in tune across all registers, the Yamaha YBS-62 baritone saxophone allows musicians a great sound. The bell of the baritone saxophone is constructed in one piece from annealed metal, a process which makes the metal denser for optimum tone production. Yamaha manufactures their octave keys with three vents, which eliminates buzz on notes in the mid-range of the saxophone for the clearest possible tone. This instrument has an adjustable thumb rest, and the keys have been designed so the hands naturally reach them all comfortably. With long rods and solid construction, Yamaha’s YBS-62 combines durability for the larger-sized baritone saxophone with top notch tone.
The P. Mauriat PMB-301GL baritone saxophone is designed for a big, full sound with the flexibility to blend in with an ensemble or stand out while playing solo. Designed for fast key facility, the keys feel light and easy to press quickly. The key buttons are abalone, a multi-colored pearl effect for added style. A hand-engraved bell adds more to this robust baritone saxophone. Using P. Mauriat’s 3-stage process, the PMB-301GL horn is also available with a vintage dark lacquer for a slightly warmer sound or an unlacquered model. In addition, the P. Mauriat is the most affordable baritone saxophone on this list.
The YAS-26 features nickel-plated keys, which are more resistant to wear. It also has an adjustable thumb rest, in addition to key work that makes the saxophone adjustable and easy to play for different hand sizes. Because of the quality of manufacturing, the YAS-26 is a reliable, durable saxophone for beginning students that will last decades. And for the practical, the YAS-26 has a high resale value when beginners need to upgrade to a professional level saxophone, as this horn’s standard features are designed exclusively for the beginning stages of saxophone playing. The YAS-26 will provide every student the strong saxophone foundation they need.
The Prelude AS711 combines Conn-Selmer's long history of quality instruments with upgraded features to create a solid student saxophone. Though not necessary for beginners, this horn has a high F-sharp key, used to play higher notes once saxophonists advance to an intermediate level. Designed to make the larger, low register keys easier to operate, the AS711 is calibrated to easily manipulate the keys without sacrificing tone quality. The saxophone bore design allows for projection of tone and ribbed construction adds weight to the horn to help produce a full sound. It also has a reinforced connection where the bell and the body of the saxophone meet for extra durability. In addition, the Prelude saxophone is a great value under $1,000.