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Ultimate Guide to Trumpets for Beginners

Trumpets are very appealing instruments; they seem so simple to handle, and they can produce beautiful melodies. That’s why a lot of people take an interest in learning to play them. There are so many famous trumpeters that people like to listen to, like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and more.

These musicians often inspire people to pick up the trumpet and start learning all about it. Some people want to play it casually; others become really passionate about it. No matter what your cause or the goal is, you will get all the basics that will get you started, right here.

Trumpet’s mark on the world

The first trumpets date way back to 1500 BC. Their initial purpose was to signal for military purposes, and they were used in the religion. Their design improved over the course of time and the materials used to produce it. Most improvements made were in the Middle Ages.

The Renaissance period turned the once signaling tool into a musical instrument. The trumpets in this era didn’t have valves, only a single coiled tube. They weren’t capable of producing the notes yet. The golden age of the natural trumpet was the Baroque era.

Most of the music in this era was written for trumpeters. The art of playing trumpet was going strong and started slowly fading away after some time. It came back to life around the mid-20th century. Even the modern trumpet players tend to use natural trumpet with 3-4 vent holes to correct out-of-tune notes.

Since the natural trumpet was very limited, it’s requirement for chromatic freedom lead to the creation of the keyed trumpet. At first, it had a very poor sound quality, but in 1818 the patent was made for box valves, which contributed to the great improvement.

Since this type of trumpet was developed so late, it had a very limited repertoire. But, the 20th century had an explosion of music written for the modern trumpet.

Types of trumpets

Kaizer Trumpet Bb B Flat Gold Lacquer Rose Brass Includes Case Mouthpiece and Accessories TRP-1000LQ

Bb Trumpet

There are 8 types of trumpets to choose from; A, B, C, D, E♭, E, low F and G. The most common type overall is the B♭ trumpet, while the C trumpet is the most common in orchestral playing in America.

SHREYAS Brass Piccolo Trumpet Brass Finish Picollo Bb/A Pitch W/Case-Mp

piccolo Trumpet

The small trumpets are called piccolo trumpets, and they are built to play B♭ and A alike. They feature separate lead pipes on each key. There are also piccolo trumpets in G, F, and C, but they are not that common. Trumpets pitched in low G key are called sopranos and soprano bugles. They are adapted from the military and were traditionally used in bugle corps. They can be found with both rotary and piston valves.

Queen Brass Trombone Bb Pitch Finish Brass Made W/Case+Mp Gold

The bass trumpet

The bass trumpet is played by trombone players because it has the same pitch. The music for the bass trumpet is written in treble clef. The most common keys for it are B♭ and C. The modern trumpet you see today is the side trumpet that is a B♭ trumpet which has a slide instead of valves.  It’s very similar to soprano trombone.

Mendini MPT-N Nickel Plated Bb Pocket Trumpet

The pocket trumpet

The pocket trumpet is a smaller and compact version of the B♭ trumpet. The bell is quite smaller compared to the standard trumpet, and the tubing tightly wound to maintain the length of the tube but to reduce its size. It doesn’t have the standard design, and the quality varies a lot based on different models.

Tristar B Flat Bb Flag/ Coronation/ Herald Trumpet + Case + Mute + MP

The herald trumpet

The herald trumpet has a bell extending in front of the player much more than the standard trumpet. It’s mostly used in ceremonies.

Choosing your trumpet

To start playing, you will first need an instrument, naturally. The best thing for you to do is to go to the nearest music shop and ask them for the best trumpet for a beginner. When they give you a suggestion, be sure to ask them is the trumpet in the B-flat key. That’s the best option for a novice player.

The B-flat key is the easiest scale to learn. You shouldn’t focus on a branded trumpet; even an unlabeled trumpet will be just fine for you. You can even rent one for a start if you just want to try it out. But before you rent it, check if the valve casing has dents, and the valves can move smoothly and are not noisy. Also, check if all slides can move freely.

When you get home with your rented or purchased trumpet, get to know its mechanism, appreciate its beauty and then get ready to start learning.

Practicing basic sounds

Before you even put the trumpet against your lips, you should practice your first sound. Start by creating the “mmm” sound. Hold your mouth in that position and start blowing through in order to create the buzzing sound.

This is the basic lip position you should overcome. If you’re having trouble with creating that sound and maintaining the shape of your lips, just imagine that there’s a small paper on the tip of your tongue. Once you master the lip part, you will be ready to start the trumpet basics.

When you fully assemble your trumpet, inhale through the mouth, assume the lip position you previously learned and place the trumpet on your lips. Start vibrating and creating that buzzing sound you previously overcame.

You should focus and recognize the feeling of your lips when they loosen and tighten. Don’t press the valves just yet, not until you get the hang of the feeling of your lips. Begin to tighten your lips a bit and try to gently press one or two valves.

The valves are numbered 1-3, 1 being the closest to you and 3 being the farthest one. Now you have successfully played your first notes! If you feel kind of stuck on the buzzing part, don’t give up just yet! You can improve and speed up your advance by carrying a mouthpiece with you.

Use the mouthpiece to practice the buzzing sound as much as you can, and once you are able to buzz into the mouthpiece correctly, you will do it properly using the trumpet as well. The buzzing sound through the mouthpiece should sound like a duck call. A lot of people think that they shouldn’t produce that kind of sound, but it is, in fact, a correct sound to make.

Your first scale

When you feel confident that you overcome the notes, you can begin to practice your first scale. A scale is basically a group of descending and ascending pitches that precede each other based on a specific scheme.

Start with a simple scale.

Begin with C; you can produce this note with no valves pressed down.

Then proceed to D; push down 1 and 3 valves. To play D, tighten your lips just slightly.

Now play E; tighten your lips a bit more and push down 1 and 2 valves.

After E, play F; continue to tighten your lips and push down the first valve.

Move on to G; tighten your lips more without pressing down any valves.

Play A; continue tightening your lips and press down the first and the second valve.

Move on to B; tighten your lips a bit more and push down the second valve.

Finish the scale with high C; don’t press any valve.

Congrats! You just played your first C scale! From this point onward, you should focus on finesses that will make you a good trumpet player. Grab a music book, and make it your main reading material.


Now that you completed some basic playing let’s go through some important finesses that will help you even more and raise your skill level. I want to mention embouchures, so you don’t get discouraged if you can’t play the sounds correctly right away.

Everybody has different lip and teeth shape, and because of this, a number of different embouchures are developed. None of them are wrong; it’s only the matter of what feels the best in your individual case. But, there are few rules that apply to almost all of them.

The corners of your mouth should be firm, so the air doesn’t leak. When you go up, you should push your lips more to the center instead of stretching them. When you stretch your lips, not only do you make the sound thinner, you also expose them to damage.

The most used embouchure is Farkas. It requires you to push your jaw out and keep the lips even. Some other embouchures require you to roll your lips in, Stevens for example, and other to roll them out, like Maggio embouchure.

Try out different embouchures, find the one that fits you and keep playing using it. Check the list of embouchures here.

Wet or dry lips?

A lot of new players have a similar starting question: should they have wet or dry lips. The short answer is that the both ways are correct. If your lips are dry, they will just stick to the mouthpiece more, which will prevent the slipping.

If you play with wet lips, they will slide under the mouthpiece, and they will adjust to your dynamics freely. It comes down to what feels the best for you. Try both out, experiment a little and keep the way that you’re the most comfortable with.

Proper breathing

The breathing technique for the trumpet is not complicated, but it should be followed. Don’t worry about your lung capacity right now. You will increase it over time naturally. Just remember to take a deep breath every time.

Relax completely when you’re inhaling, and DON'T lift your shoulders. Breathe from your belly instead from your chest, this way you will take a lot more air in, and exhale it quicker. Don’t keep the air in, blow it out instantly, and inhale the air in tempo.

And that’s pretty much it when it comes to proper breathing technique, just relax and release all the tension, music is about relaxing anyway.

Proper posture

The natural instinct to most of the people is to point the bell of the trumpet to the floor. It’s okay if you point it just slightly to the floor, but don’t keep it low too much. Don’t slouch, and don’t lock your knees, be relaxed at all times, but be careful not to slouch.

You should keep your arms a bit AWAY from your body. To keep your breathing at top performance and the proper posture, you should maintain a good physical condition. It is recommended that you stand while playing because inhaling is a lot easier when you’re standing.

But, if you need to sit down, sit on the edge of the chair, don’t lean back and keep your feet on the floor.

How to hold a trumpet

The proper way to hold a trumpet depends on which hand you hold it.

Right hand

Place your thumb between the first and the second valve or in front of the first one. Your index finger, middle finger and the ring finger should be on the valve buttons. Place the little finger on the hook.

Left hand

Place your thumb on the first valve. Your index finger and middle finger should be behind the third valve. Ring finger should be on the third valve and the little finger under the third valve slide.

In both cases don’t hold the instrument too tight. Support the weight of the trumpet with your secondary hand, this way you will push the valves more efficiently.

How to handle the valves

Before you get the natural feel of how to press the valves, you might need a few tips.

Press down the valves straight down with your fingers.

If you press them often diagonally, they will start jamming.

Don’t press them with your fingernails or joints; you should use the middle of your fingertips.

To have the clean note changes, press the valves vigorously down.

How to practice

Now there’s only the question of how much and when should you practice. The more you can practice the better, but you will need the rest as well. My philosophy is that it’s better to practice a little bit every day than to practice a lot for two days a week.

You should rest just as much as you play, and AVOID excessive pressure with a mouthpiece. Some pressure is required to play a proper tone and to prevent the air from leaking, but control it, don’t put your mouth to too much pressure.

In conclusion

This information should be plenty to get you started for now. You have chosen a great instrument to play, and you will have a lot of fun getting to know it and playing it in the future. Just stay true to your passion for music, and it will be quite rewarding. If you need any extra pointers, leave a comment, and I will do my best to help you.

The Guide To Choosing The Best Alto Saxophone 2018

Whether you’re already a sax player, or you’re looking to become one, buying a new instrumentespecially one as complex as a saxophone – is never a task that you should take lightly.   

Fortunately for you, we have the experience needed to recognize the best alto saxophone on the market, and we’re willing to share it, so stick around for some excellent tips on how to pick the right one!

New Or Used?

There’s nothing more exciting for an aspiring sax player than buying a new horn. However, with all the excitement that goes into choosing the best alto saxophone, it’s easy to forget that buying a used one is an entirely legitimate option, too.

If you do decide to go down that route, at least MAKE SURE you do extensive research beforehand. Otherwise, you might end up spending way too much on getting it to play in top condition.

Another common question that might arise here is whether you should rent or buy a saxophone. Our answer remains unchanged:

It depends on your level of commitment.

In the long run, though, it’s always cheaper to buy than to rent. Seemingly low rental fees can quickly add up to a number much higher than what you would’ve initially spent if you bought an alto saxophone, instead.

And with the help of the following guide, you can be sure you won’t regret your purchase any time soon!

Things You Should Consider When Buying The Best Alto Saxophone

Buying the best alto saxophone online can be a tricky business, and the fact that a horn is a pretty complex instrument doesn’t help, either. That’s why it’s vital to do some research on the subject and have at least a basic grasp on what it is you’re looking for, even if you’re entirely new to playing a sax.

Here are some things you need to pay attention to if you want to be sure you’re getting the best alto saxophone for the money.

You Have More Than One Option When It Comes To Materials And Finishes

Yes, saxophones are recognizable for their yellow brass bodies, but if yellow isn’t exactly your style, don’t worry. Now, more than ever, manufacturers are trying their best to meet the aesthetic needs of players.

For instance, it’s not unusual for a saxophone to have the standard brass body, but with a twist – the bell or the neck can be made from a different material, such as copper, bronze, or sterling silver.

Furthermore, clear lacquer was once considered a standard for saxophones, but these days, you can choose among a variety of finishing touches, that NOT ONLY affect the looks but the performance of your instrument, too:

Silver Plating

When it’s time to kick things up a notch, silver plating is the way to go. Adding more weight and hardness results in clearer projection, and much higher volume. Make yourself heard!

Nickel Plating

If you want your instrument’s sound to stand out, we recommend you choose nickel plating. After all, it’s not the go-to choice of jazz players for no reason!

Copper And Bronze

Not only will these metals add some weight and fullness to your saxophone, but their softness will produce richer and darker tones, as well.

Black Lacquer Or Matte Finish

There’s more than just the visual effect at play here – these finishes are more substantial, which reflects on the sound, as well.

Pay Attention To Key Layout

You’re probably thinking:

Isn’t there a standardized key layout for all saxophones?

You’re right, there is, and it’s called the basic key stack. However, some models will have additional keys, as well, with the purpose of helping you play specific notes more efficiently, especially at the edges of the saxophone’s range.

Here are some optional keys you might find on newer models:

  • High F# key
  • Fonrt F key
  • Low A key
  • check
    C# resonance key
  • check
    Tilted spatulas

Does It Come With All The Essential Accessories?

Beginners can easily be tricked into buying a bunch of unnecessary stuff, but the complete opposite could happen, as well – you might buy a saxophone that doesn’t come with some essential accessories that are needed to get you started.

Luckily for you, though, you have us in your corner.


The good news is that most beginners to intermediate range saxophones do come with a mouthpiece. The bad news is that most of them are of poor quality, and you should replace them. But it’s one less thing to worry about for now.


Make sure the set includes some reeds, too, because you won’t be able to do much with your saxophone without it – except looking at it, that is.


Most saxophones will come with a case, too. It may not be of the best quality, but something is always better than nothing, right?

Cleaning Kit

Regular maintenance and cleaning is key to having a long-lasting best alto saxophone, which is why you need to make sure it comes with at least a basic cleaning kit.

How Much Should You Spend?

When it comes to setting a budget limit, we have great news for you, especially if you’re starting out! Even though you might expect the difference between cheaper and more expensive instruments to be huge, the truth is, the gap has been slowly narrowing down over the recent years.

That means you won’t have to spend a small fortune on the best alto saxophone – you’ll be able to find some pretty decent instruments for less than $500.

Our Reviews Of The Top 5 Best Alto Saxophones In 2018

When it comes to setting a budget limit, we have great news for you, especially if you’re starting out! Even though you might expect the difference between cheaper and more expensive instruments to be huge, the truth is, the gap has been slowly narrowing down over the recent years.

That means you won’t have to spend a small fortune on the best alto saxophone – you’ll be able to find some pretty decent instruments for less than $500.

Mendini by Cecilio MAS-L+92D+PB Gold Lacquer E Flat Alto Saxophone with Tuner, Case, Mouthpiece, 10 Reeds and More

The first candidate for the title of the best alto saxophone is a model by Mendini – a budget-friendly, ribbed, brass-body horn made with beginners in mind.

Here’s what made it one of our favorites:

Not only do you get a saxophone, but all the essential accessories, too – and then some more! The package includes a mouthpiece, ten reeds, a neck strap, hard-shell case, cleaning accessories, and, of course, white gloves.

That’s not all, though – you’ll also get a chromatic tuner with a metronome, as well as a pocket-size saxophone booklet with all the information you might need as a beginner.

We did notice it had poor initial adjustments, but with a little fine-tuning, we were able to get a pretty decent sounding alto saxophone. If you’re not sure where to start, we’d recommend going to a music shop and asking them for help.

There’s one issue that’s not so easily fixable, though. Some of the keys tend to stick – the A key gave us the most trouble in that regard – and we couldn’t help but wonder if this would only get worse with time.


Ribbed brass construction

The keys have faux pearl inlays

It has a high F# key

Comes with a wide range of accessories

The saxophone comes in a hard case



It has poor initial adjustments

Some keys tend to stick

2. Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto Saxophone – Solid Construction For Aggressive Play Styles

Jean Paul USA AS-400 Student Alto Saxophone

If you’re a fan of the standard yellow brass body with a transparent lacquer finish, you’ll fall in love with this Jean Paul model, for sure!

Two things you can expect from the instrument itself are durability and smooth key action. Most student-aimed music instruments are built to withstand heavy and not-so-careful use. The power-forged keys and the sturdy bell brace only further reinforced our opinion on the matter.

It comes with several much-needed accessories, such as a mouthpiece, one reed, cork grease, cleaning gear, as well as gloves.

And while we loved the versatility of the case it comes with – it can be carried by its handle or in the form of a backpack – the seams and the overall feel didn’t seem very durable to us.

Also, it would be better if you would go ahead and buy a mouthpiece, ligature, and reeds separately. We appreciate the fact that you get them, but if we’re honest, they’re not very impressive quality-wise. Plus, you only get one reed – and you know you’re going to need more than that, anyway.


Solid construction

Power-forged keys

Comes with a carrying case

Includes several accessories

Ideal for beginners and intermediate-level students

Reasonably priced

Outstanding customer service


You’ll have to upgrade the mouthpiece and ligature

The carrying case seems weak

You only get one reed

Glory Professional Alto Eb SAX Saxophone Gold Laquer Finish, Alto Saxophone with 11reeds,8 Pads Cushions,case,carekit,Gold Color, NO NEED TUNING, PLAY DIRECTLY

We’re pretty sure this Glory model is as budget-friendly as they go. Specific features, like the leather pads with metal resonators, a comfortable metal thumb rest, and the adjustable key height screws, show that, although cheap, this saxophone means business.

You’ll get all the essentials, too – from eight mouthpieces, 11 reeds, and a neck strap, to gloves and a cleaning kit.

At this price point, it’s an offer that’s hard to beat.

Most importantly, it’s shipped ready to play, meaning you can start working on releasing your inner jazz player as soon as you receive your alto saxophone.

It’s far from perfect, though. For instance, the mouthpiece it comes with is not of high quality, and you’ll probably have to replace it soon. And since we’re on the subject of additional expenses, the neck strap lacks any padding, so we’d recommend getting one from a different manufacturer, as well.

Overall, we’re under the impression that the saxophone was put together without paying much attention to craftsmanship. That said, it’s incredibly cheap, and as such probably best suited for beginners and kids that are figuring out if playing the sax is something they want to pursue.


Shipped ready to play

Adjustable key height screws

Has a high F# key

Comes with a variety of accessories

Includes a hard-shell case

Extremely budget-friendly


You should replace the mouthpiece

The neck strap lacks padding

4. Lazarro Professional Black - Gold Keys Eb E Flat Alto Saxophone Sax – If You Want Something Colorful

Lazarro 360-BN E-Flat Eb Alto Saxophone Black Nickel-Gold Keys with Case, 11 Reeds, Care Kit and Many Extras

We have to admit that it was the various colorful finishes that first caught our eye, but we soon discovered that there was more to this Lazarro alto saxophone than just a pretty “body.”

So, if you’re not a huge fan of yellow brass, Lazarro has you covered. You can choose whichever color you like, without sacrificing something in return – regardless of the finish, there’s a consistency in durability and sound quality.

The key layout is pretty standard, although it does include two of the additional keys we’ve talked about – the high F# and the front F key. Furthermore, it has adjustable key height screws and high-quality leather pads with metal resonators.

You’ll find everything you need in the package, too – a mouthpiece, reeds, ligature, neck strap, a reliable cleaning kit, and much more.

Now, the accessories included in the package might not be of the highest quality, but you can expect that from saxophones in this price range. We’re yet to find an affordable horn that doesn’t require any additional expenses.

The saxophone sounds excellent, though – and that’s what counts!


It has a high F# and front F key

Adjustable key height screws

It comes with all the essential accessories

The package includes a case

Fairly affordable


The accessories it comes with are not of the highest quality

Yamaha YAS-23 Standard Eb Alto Saxophone Lacquer Finish Nickel Keys

No round-up of the best alto saxophones could be complete without a Yamaha model, right?

Now, the reason why we picked this exact model for our list is the price. Everyone knows how expensive Yamaha saxophones can get, but this one sits well below the $1000 mark.

The yellow brass body paired with nickel plated keys looks amazing and has a solid feel to it – something you don’t see very often in cheaper models. The keys (including the additional front F key) are all power-forged, too, so you know durability won’t be an issue, even with more aggressive play styles.

Most importantly, though, the saxophone comes with optimum intonation (no adjustments needed), which helps a lot if you’re a beginner or a student trying to establish a baseline.

We didn’t experience any of the common issues we’ve had with other alto saxophones on this list, which wasn’t that much of a surprise – there’s a reason why Yamaha is a popular choice among saxophone players.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more to get the best alto saxophone and look like a pro, this is the one to keep an eye on, for sure.


Yellow brass body and nickel plated keys

Optimum intonation is ideal for setting a baseline

Has a front F key

The keys feel durable and allow smooth action

Includes essential accessories

Comes with a sturdy plywood case


None so far

Which One’s The Best Alto Saxophone?

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but after careful deliberation, we’ve decided that the Yamaha YAS-23 Standard Eb Alto Saxophone is the best alto saxophone on the market in 2018. It has some outstanding features that every sax player will appreciate, without being overpriced – you can’t ask for more than that!

If you need some additional peace of mind, you can listen to these instruments play on YouTube, too. And, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

Searching for the Best Trumpet Available in 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

Trumpets have been around for ages, and they’re a staple of many different genres of music. Because of that, it’s no wonder that there are loads of them on the market right now – picking the right one for you might seem like a difficult task.

Don’t worry though; you’ve come to the right place. If you just read this article, you’ll find out everything you need to know to buy the right trumpet for you. At the end, you’ll also find out which of the instruments reviewed here is the best trumpet available right now!

What You Need to Think About Before Buying a Trumpet

There’s a lot that you have to consider when you’re buying a trumpet, too much to list right here. So, this section will tell you about the essential things, the ones that you have to keep on your mind at all times.

Consider Your Skill Level

This is the first thing you have to keep on your mind when you start thinking about buying a trumpet of your own. Buying a trumpet that doesn’t fit your skill level will leave you with a product you won’t love even if it’s actually good!

Luckily, most trumpets are labeled as one of three types – beginner, intermediate or professional.

Beginner trumpets, also called student trumpets, are made to be affordable and easy to play, providing a good starting point for someone who’s just learning the instrument. You don’t need to exert much effort to play one of these trumpets. However, they lack most advanced features and can be limiting for more skilled players.

Intermediate trumpets are intended to be the next step in learning the trumpet after the beginner horns – or the starting point for people with experience playing other brass instruments. They have more advanced features, better construction, and a richer sound. Not quite as good as professional trumpets, but not as costly either.

Professional trumpets feature the best construction and the richest sound as well as a ton of advanced features that lesser trumpet players won’t even think of using. The superb craftsmanship on display does cost a lot, but it is more than worth it for players that need their instruments to be impeccable.

Decide on what you need by yourself, but don’t overestimate your skill or you might end up with a costly horn that’s useless to you.

Think About the Construction

Before buying a trumpet, you need to check the construction of each part and see if it’s well-made and if it fits you. A badly made trumpet will have bad intonation and poor mechanics which will make it next to useless.

One of the key pieces is the bell, the wide open part of the trumpet. In lower-quality trumpets it is made out of yellow brass, moving to red or rose brass for the better ones and the best ones feature a silver bell.

The best bells are made out of one piece and are hand-hammered, allowing them to vibrate uniformly and produce the best sound. Lower quality bells are made out of two or more pieces that are welded together.

The valves of the trumpet, looking like vertical tubes in the middle of it, are another crucial part. They can be made out of a wide variety of materials – nickel ones are the most durable, monel ones perform better but need more maintenance, while stainless steel ones arguably perform the best and are found in professional models.

Make sure you find a trumpet with hand-lapped valves, which will ensure that they move smoothly, allowing you to play the trumpet quickly.

The mouthpipe and the mouthpiece are important because they will be your main interface with the trumpet. It is usually made out of brass – red brass is more durable but less responsive while yellow brass produces a better sound but needs more cleaning.

There’s more to this, but those are the basics that you need to know about.

Make Sure it Sounds Right

Not all trumpets sound the same, and they’re used for different purposes. A bright and cheerful sound is probably best suited to a jazz number, but if you want to play in a military band, you will need something with a darker, deeper sound. Test it out and make sure that you know what you’re aiming for before purchasing.

Most trumpets are pitched in either Bb or C, and those two types have significantly different sounds. Bb trumpets are more popular and are far better for use in lighter pieces of pop, jazz or rock music due to their brighter sound. C trumpets have a slightly darker, heavier tone to them lending well to blues numbers and orchestral arrangements.

Of course, you can use either trumpet for any type of music, but it might be more difficult to play a Bb trumpet in an orchestra due to most orchestral music being written for C trumpets.

Trumpets pitched all the way to G also exist, though they are less common. However, if you need a deeper sound, you should get one of them.

Pick the Right Brand

There are way too many brands out there right now, and you might find yourself perplexed. Here you’ll get a few short snippets about each brand and what their trumpets are like.

Yamaha YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet Bb Trumpet

Yamaha YTR-2330

Yamaha is a well-known music brand, and of course, they make trumpets as well. Their instruments are consistent and well-made, and they have made trumpets of all possible varieties.

Jean Paul USA TR-330 Standard Student Trumpet

Jean Paul USA

Jean Paul USA is a company that makes wide arrange of instruments, and their trumpets are quite versatile while being affordable. For beginners, this brand is one of the best choices around.

Mendini by Cecilio MTT-L Trumpet, Gold, Bb


Jupiter is a brand that’s almost synonymous with reliability. They offer sturdy instruments with good warranties and professional construction. If you’re looking for something that will last, this is where you need to look.

Allora AATR-125 Series Classic Bb Trumpet AATR125 Silver


Allora trumpets are especially affordable, more so than most, but they also won’t last for a long time. They will play well while they last but you probably shouldn’t consider them unless you’re on a budget.

Merano B Flat Black Pocket Trumpet with Case+Mouth Piece;Valve oil;A Pair Of Gloves;Soft Cleaning Cloth+Stand


Merano is a newer company that makes a lot of good instruments, trumpets included. Their selection is small but exceptional and it will just keep growing with time. All of their products are hand-crafted, giving them a unique feel.

CAROL BRASS CPT-3000-GLS-Bb-BG "BlackHawk" Pocket Trumpet

Carol Brass 

Carol Brass is a brand specializing in brass instruments, and most of their products are aimed at professional players. If you’re in the market for a professional trumpet, this is where you need to look.

There are more of them, but too many to cover here.

The 5 Best Trumpets on the Market

Jean Paul USA TR-430 - A Well-Constructed Beginner Horn

Jean Paul USA TR-430 Intermediate Trumpet

Once again, this brand delivers a quality-made beginner horn that doesn’t feel out of place in any music school. It is made to be comfortable and easy to play, and it delivers on that promise. The valves are made with obvious care, and they move as smooth as butter, making this trumpet a breeze to play.

It’s also easy to tune, even for beginners, making it even more accessible. The whole trumpet is solidly constructed, and there are no obvious weak spots. The case it comes in is a different story – it’s badly made, and you will probably need to replace it.

If you ever want to replace the trumpet or it comes with any defect, you can do so – the customer service and warranty are great here.

The only other major downside is the cost – it is less affordable than some other beginner instruments, but it is worth the price.


Well-made valves that move smoothly

Easy to play and tune

Comes with a good warranty

Adjustable third trigger


The case it comes in is poor

It costs more than average

D’Luca 500N - An Affordable and Powerful Starter Trumpet

This is a beginner horn that can also be used as an intermediate one. It’s in between the two types and can function as either one, depending on how skilled you happen to be.

It comes with everything you need to get started, including a case, a silver-plated 7c mouthpiece, playing gloves and cleaning gear.

The construction on this trumpet is quite fine, featuring stainless steel pistons which perform incredibly well and allow you to play smoothly. The key inlays are made out of mother of pearl, and most of the body is made out of gold brass. Overall, it’s an incredibly fine instrument.

Sadly, it does have a few issues – the mouthpiece doesn’t fit right, and the valves are not the greatest. Overall, it is a good instrument but not quite the best one out there.


Comes with a lot of good extras

Great, quality construction

Highly affordable for the quality it offers


The mouthpiece doesn’t fit in well

The valves are poor

Mendini by Cecilo MTT-L- The Most Affordable Beginner Horn

Mendini by Cecilio MTT-L Trumpet, Gold, Bb

This is a great beginner horn made to fit almost anyone, and it is a great student instrument. It comes with a lot of extras to get you started – it has a good carrying case, a pair of fine playing gloves, a bottle of oil and a polishing cloth.

It comes at quite a great price considering everything you get and the trumpet itself is surprisingly well-made. It looks great, and it feels great to play. It’s made to be sturdy, and it won’t corrode easily. Even if something does happen, you’re covered by a 1-year warranty.

The instrument is a bit difficult to tune by hand, and the valves might start sticking a bit after excessive playing, so watch out for that. Otherwise, it’s a great starter instrument especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.


More affordable than most student trumpets

The construction is admirable considering the price

Sturdy and comes with a 1-year warranty


Difficult to tune by hand

The valves are a sore spot

Jupiter JTR700S - Beautifully Made and Great to Play

Jupiter JTR700 Standard Series Student Bb Trumpet JTR700S Silver

This is perhaps the ultimate starter instrument one can get. The price tag is incredibly high for a beginner trumpet, but the quality on display is also incredible.

The construction is just amazing. The pistons are made out of stainless steel, like in a lot of professional trumpets, and it comes in either a lacquered brass or silver plate finish. It just looks gorgeous.

It even has some advanced features like a 1st valve slide thumb saddle as well as a 3rd valve slide that can be adjusted at will. It comes in a beautiful wood frame case that’s durable and easy to carry.

The sound is great and clear, no problems there either, but the question is – do you want to spend so much on a beginner trumpet? It is great, but the price is a bit much. You also don’t get a lot of accessories.


Beautiful construction

Made to be sturdy and easy to play

Comes with some good extra features


The cost is a bit high

Doesn’t come with plenty of accessories

Yamaha YTR-2330- A Reliable and Smooth Instrument

Yamaha YTR-2330 Standard Bb Trumpet Bb Trumpet

As with most Yamaha instruments, this is a reliable horn that will serve you well even though it doesn’t stand out too much. It has a good look that makes its quality readily apparent at first glance.

The sound it makes is great and rich, booming and cheerful. It is just a joy to play, and it plays incredibly smoothly even in the hands of complete beginners. If you’re having any problems getting good notes out of it, tuning it is a breeze even if you’re doing it by hand.

For easier play, it also has an adjustable third valve trigger and a water key on the slide of the third valve. It is light, stable and easy to hold while playing – almost the perfect trumpet for a learner.

 Overall, it is a great starter instrument. The cost is high, but it delivers on the promise of quality that comes with the Yamaha name.


Plays smoothly

Durable and reliable, easy to tune

Light and stable


Costlier than most starter instruments

The bell is two-piece

So, Which Trumpet is the Best?

All of these five trumpets are great in their own way, but you know one has to be better than the other and today that’s the Jean Paul USA TR-430, simply due to the quality offered for the price.

This horn costs less than most, and it is a great beginner instrument but can also be used by intermediate players. It doesn’t cost too much, and it has no major flaws. The construction is solid, and it looks beautiful while playing marvelously.

If you do not agree, feel free to express yourself in the comments and, until next time, keep expressing yourself through music!

How You Can Find the Best Soprano Saxophone – The Top 5 in 2018

Soprano saxophones are a strange and strangely popular instrument. Most people wouldn’t think of them as saxophones at first glance, but they’re still one of the most popular saxophones around. Most famous musicians own one and for a good reason – it’s an incredibly versatile instrument.

This article will serve as your guide through the world of soprano saxophones – what they are, how to find the right one for you and reviews of the best soprano saxophones on the market.

What is a Soprano Saxophone?

The soprano saxophone is one of the four most popular saxophone types – the others being the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. They are pitched in Bb, higher than all of those saxes, usually at least one half of an octave above the alto. Soprano saxes pitched in C also exist, but they are extremely rare. Soprano saxes pitched in Eb are less rare but still uncommon.

They’re also visually distinct from all of those saxophone types. They are usually completely straight or only slightly curved at the end, more resembling a clarinet or an oboe than a saxophone.

But, that’s just the technical stuff! The soprano saxophone is more than that. It’s the vibrant and unique voice in a jazz ensemble or a defiant standout in a military band. It’s a unique instrument that doesn’t conform to all the usual ideas of what a saxophone should be. It is a great addition to jazz, R&B, pop, blues or even classical music due to its incredible versatility.

It’s quite a unique instrument and a joy to play.

Is a Soprano Saxophone Difficult to Play?

Most people will tell you that you need to be more skilled if you want to play the soprano sax – that it’s more difficult than playing other saxophones. This isn’t necessarily true, and it’s a common misconception.

The reason people will tell you that it’s more difficult to play is that most people try to approach playing the soprano sax like playing any other sax. That’s where the trouble begins, you see.

Most sax players also treat the soprano as their secondary instrument, so they put less effort into trying to play it. Because of this, they just try to APPLY their alto and tenor techniques to it and fail to play it well. With a proper approach, dedication and regular practice, the soprano sax should not be more difficult to play than most other saxophones.

If you do want to just use it as a secondary instrument, though, get a soprano similar to the bore you usually play.

Is a Soprano Saxophone Difficult to Play?

Picking the right soprano saxophone can be difficult due to how unique and different it is. If you just walk through this process, though, you’ll have a much easier time.

How Experienced are You?

This is the FIRST question you need to ask yourself before even considering the purchase of a soprano sax.

Even though the soprano sax is not as hard to play as you might have heard, it’s still not the ideal choice for a beginner due to the amount of air pressure you need to exert. Luckily, there are some beginner-type soprano saxophones available.

On the other hand, if you’re experienced in playing only one type of saxophone, you might also have trouble playing the soprano sax. It requires a different approach, and if you’re too used to playing your alto or tenor, you will struggle. In this case, buying a soprano sax that is similar to the instrument you use most often will help you get over the hurdle.

However, if you have experience playing multiple instruments, especially other woodwinds, you will have a much better time with the soprano sax. In that case, you can probably get ANY type of soprano saxophone available, and you’ll find your way.

Which Brand Should You Get?

There are a ton of brands out there making soprano saxophones, and there are a lot of differences between them. Some are clearly better than others, but for the most part, the choice will come down to what you like the best and value the most.


Yamaha YSS-475II Intermediate Soprano Saxophone

is a well-known brand in the music world, and that’s not undeserved – they make some great instruments at decent prices. Their soprano saxophones are good-looking and sound good, though you should steer clear of their “student” sopranos. Their professional offerings are top-notch though.


Selmer SS600 Soprano Saxophone (Clear Lacquer with High F#)

is a respected and highly regarded saxophone manufacturer with a long history of making great horns. Recently they haven’t been as great as they used to be – they are quite inconsistent these days. Their sopranos are inconsistent as well, but their Mark VI line seems to be regarded for its dynamic range, big sound, and ease of play.

Rampone Cazzani

is an Italian manufacturer that is gaining in popularity due to their high-quality hand-crafted products. Their sopranos have a slightly curved bell and a nickel silver finish, giving them a unique look. They play as well as the more famous saxes if not better, especially in the lower registers.


saxophones are not exceptional, but they’re reliable. Well-constructed, affordable and easy to play is the name of the game with this manufacturer, and they deliver.


is a brand making some exceptional beginner soprano saxes with a curved bell, so if you like that sort of thing this is the brand to check out. They’re similar enough to altos to help you practice.

There’s more, but you get the gist of things by now. Do as much research as you can on the brand before choosing to buy one of their saxes.

Is it Well-Constructed?

Soprano saxophones are much more difficult to make than other types of saxophones. Making a small saxophone with good intonation is a difficult task. Building a soprano saxophone to be cheap is much harder than with alto or tenor, and it makes the saxophone much worse.

So, if you get a soprano sax that is not well-made and durable, you’ll be in for a hard time. It will play badly regardless of your skill, and it will quickly get even worse. This is another reason why the “soprano saxes are incredibly hard to play” myth exists.

Once you buy a soprano sax, make sure you take it to a local shop to get checked out and tweaked. If it’s simply too poorly constructed, they will tell you, and you can probably still return it.

How Much Money Can You Spend?

Finally, there’s the question of your budget. Everything else you consider will ultimately depend on how much money you can spare. However, even if you’re tight on money, you shouldn’t get a cheap plastic or tin instrument. While they may cost you less, they will be almost useless.

Check out as many opinions as you can and try to get something that’s affordable, yet well-made. You might have trouble finding such an instrument, but the extra effort will pay off in the end.

The 5 Best Soprano Saxophones Money can Buy

Nuvo N510JBBK – A Great Learning Tool that Costs Next to Nothing

Nuvo N510JBBK Soprano Saxophone

If you’re looking for the best of the cheapest, this is the soprano sax you should be checking out. Its price is ridiculously low – less than 100 dollars to be exact. Still, it offers a good starting point for people looking to get into playing sopranos, especially if they’re used to playing altos or tenors.

It is not made out of the best materials – the body is mostly polymer, and the bell is made out of silicone. It is waterproof, but it probably won’t last for long regardless.

It’s also a bit different than regular soprano saxes, being pitched in C like all Nuvo instruments – so be prepared for that. The chromatic range goes all the way from C to G. The fingerings are also different than indicated – they’re not traditional fingering patterns.

Still, it’s a great beginner sax and comes with everything you need to start, including two synthetic reeds, a case, and a neck strap.


Incredibly low price affordable to anyone

Great for beginners and children

Completely waterproof

Comes with a decent amount of extras


Some fingerings are different than indicated

It won’t last for a long time

Selmer SS600 – Well-tuned and Made to Last

Selmer SS600 Soprano Saxophone (Clear Lacquer with High F#)

This is near-professional-level soprano sax with a nice look and a booming sound. It has a high F# key and is quite easy to play; the fingering is exceptionally smooth. The tuning is top-notch as well, something that’s difficult to find with a soprano sax.

The good tuning probably owes a lot to the superb construction of this instrument. It is made with care, and it will last for a long time.

While it does come with a mouthpiece, you will probably want to replace it and the ligature before you start playing. You will also need some new reeds since the ones you get are not great.

Overall, it’s a decent instrument, much better than most of the same price range and it will be a joy to play.


Beautiful and easy to play

It is well-tuned for a soprano

Durable and tight construction.


The mouthpiece and ligature need replacing

Doesn’t come with a set of reeds

Merano GWD500GD – A Reliable Tool for Beginners

This is a B flat soprano with exceptional gold lacquer and superb construction. It is made to be as durable as possible, and it will last for years and years. It also comes with a great velvet case that can be used for other instruments as well. You also get a nipper, a pair of gloves, a screwdriver and cleaning cloth with it. Not a bad deal for the price.

The main issue with it is that it DOESN'T play as well as you’d expect. It’s a decent instrument, but the intonation on some notes is off. Bb and G# sound especially off and there’s not much you can do about it. It’s difficult to tune as well, and most shops won’t do it for you.

It’s a good learning soprano sax, but you will need something better if you’re a pro.


Durable and well-made

Affordable price with a lot of extras

Great for beginners


Difficult to tune properly

The intonation of some notes is off

Antigua Winds X/P SS1202LQ – Exceptionally Adaptable Instrument

Antigua Winds X/P SS1202LQ Bb Soprano Saxophone

Here’s a soprano made for beginners that’s a bit more expensive than is usual. However, for that price, you get a good-looking instrument that’s exceptionally well-made. It’s quite a sturdy piece of equipment, and everything is in the right place.

You get a few good extras with it – a good, hard case to carry it in as well as two necks. The option between a bent and a straight neck is not something most soprano saxes offer, and it’s a nice touch.

The rest of the extras are not as great. The reeds, the mouthpiece, and the ligature, are out of wack, and they won’t fit well. You will need to replace them.

Besides that, this instrument also has a problem with the octave key not working right and some higher and lower notes being out of tune.


You get both a straight and a bent neck included

Good for beginners and easy to play

Durable and made to last


The mouthpiece, ligature, and reeds you get with it are poor and don’t fit

The octave key tends to malfunction

Some notes are out of tune

Yamaha YSS-475II – Professional Look and Sound for an Intermediate Price

If you’re an intermediate player looking to take the next step and go pro, this is a great instrument to get. It doesn’t cost as much as the higher-end instruments but it works great and it will fit your skill level.

Among its features is an adjustable thumb rest, a great boon for anyone with smaller and larger hands. The high F# key is a nice touch as is the custom Bb spatula.

It’s also light and comfortable to use with keys that are easy on both the eyes and the fingers. The sound is also exceptional, especially in the lower registers. It’s well-made and tuned almost to perfection.

The only downsides are in the price – it’s high, and the sax doesn’t come with any significant extras. Still, it’s worth the price since it’s such a high-quality product.


Comfortable and easy to play

Features an adjustable thumb rest

Great intonation and tuning

Professional, quality construction ensures durability


Comes with no extras

The price is high

The Best Soprano Saxophone

All of these sopranos are in this article for a good reason – they’re all great in their own way and which one you pick will mostly come down to personal preference and skill level. However, if you need to have one highlighted as the best, it would be the Yamaha YSS-475II.

This soprano sax has practically everything you need if you’re an intermediate player or a new pro. It performs great, it’s consistent, there are no faults in the construction, and it has some great extra features. It doesn’t come with any extra equipment, but that’s okay, and it’s well worth the high price.

That’s everything for today – if you have questions, just sound off in the comments. Until next time, keep playing good music!

Finding the Best Tenor Saxophone in 2018 – What You Need to Know

Once you start out playing saxophone, you’ll probably start by learning how to play alto sax. However, there are other types of saxophones out there that offer a different sax-playing experience and are worth trying out.

One of the most prominent out there is the tenor saxophone, and if you don’t know a lot about it, you’re right where you need to be. In this article, you’ll find out some info on what the tenor sax is as well as how to get the best tenor saxophone available.

What is the Tenor Saxophone?

Jean Paul USA TS-400 Tenor Saxophone

The tenor saxophone is one of the ORIGINAL 14 models invented by Adolf Sax in 1840 and patented in 1846. It is one of the most popular models out of the series, along with the alto, soprano and the baritone saxophones. It is also the second largest, right after the baritone sax.

Tenor saxophones are tuned in the B♭ key, and the sound is brighter when compared to the other types due to a lower pitch. It can easily blend with the sound of alto, soprano and baritone saxophones and it almost never sounds out of place. This is the reason it’s often used in ensembles and many different music genres.

Visually, it is distinguished from other types not only by its size but also by the shape of its neck. There’s a small bend near the mouthpiece, something that the alto and baritone saxophones don’t have.

It is the best second choice for beginners once they get a handle on how to play the alto sax. For taller people, it’s usually the first choice when they begin starting to learn how to play the sax since it’s easier to hold and blow into due to its size. If you find the alto sax to be too small for you, pick up a tenor.

Overall, the tenor saxophone is one of the most popular sax types out there, and every saxophonist should eventually learn how to play it. 

Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Buying a Tenor Saxophone

If this is your first time buying a tenor saxophone, you might not know what to look for. You might find that it is not unlike buying an alto sax, but there are some KEY DIFFERENCES between the two that you need to consider when purchasing. Here, you’ll get all the info you need to get the best tenor sax for you.

What is Your Skill Level?

Not all saxophones are made for players of the same skill level. Even if you’re an intermediate player, you might have no idea what to do if you get a professional-level saxophone in your hands. You need to know what your skill level is and choose accordingly.


Beginner or student saxophones are made to be as forgiving as possible. They’re cheap and easy to use, the keys are accessible and easy to hit, and they’re made with an emphasis on accuracy. They’ll sound decent even if you’re not that good. However, they are easy to break and unsuitable for more refined and advanced techniques.


Intermediate saxophones are there for you once you outgrow everything that the beginner sax can offer you. They are smoother, more responsive and produce sound more similar to a professional sax. They are good for beginners looking to take the next step or professionals that are picking up a type of sax they never played before. 


Professional saxophones are the real deal. They are made to look good, sound great and provide a wide range of advanced options. You need to shell out a lot of money for them, but you get the best of the best. If you’re a pro or looking to become one, this is what you need to get to make the most out of your sax-playing skills.

What Brand Should You Get?

There are many saxophone brands out there right now, too many to count. Some do stand out over others as better but, for the most part, the choice of brand comes down to your taste and needs.

Yamaha is among the most popular brands out there today. They used to have quite shoddy workmanship, but they have improved since. Today, they offer consistently good and sturdy saxophones that won’t fail you, but won’t stand out either.

Selmer is another well-respected brand, but they have fallen from grace in recent years. They’re still a good brand, but their products seem overpriced in today’s market.

Windsor is a long-standing brand that makes some of the best saxophones around. However, their products are also incredibly expensive – justifiably so. If you’re a pro looking for the best of the best and have money to spare, Windsor is the ideal choice.

Kaizer is a highly affordable brand that makes great saxophones. They’re probably one of the best brands for beginners or pros who are on a tight budget and players looking to go pro.

Martin is an older brand that still makes good saxophones, but they have fallen by the wayside a bit. They’re still worth checking out.

Cecilo saxophones are on the cheaper side, so they are a good choice for beginners and for a disposable sax, but most of their products are not great.

Cannonball is an overlooked company making saxophones that are exceptionally easy to tune and come at a great price.

Those are just a few, but you get the gist of it. Choose what you think fits you the best.

Does it Have the Right Construction for You?

Choosing a saxophone that’s solidly built and fits your playing style is a MUST. Here are a few things you need to look out for in different parts of the sax

The Body

Most modern saxes are ribbed, but non-ribbed ones still exist and if your hands are aching with a typical sax, look for one that’s not ribbed. Beginner models are usually not ribbed, and non-ribbed models are less durable, so watch out.

The Keys

Do you need additional keys, or can you play some notes even without them? If you’re skilled enough, extra keys will just be extra clutter instead of being helpful. However, if you do need the help, a high F# key or a high G key might be invaluable. Watch out for saxes with alternate key positions as well. 

The Neck

The shape of the neck can be instrumental in playing. If you can’t seem to be able to comfortably play your sax a longer or a shorter neck could fix the issue. Luckily, necks can be replaced in case you buy a sax with a neck that doesn’t fit you. 

Is it Made Out of the Right Materials?

Saxophones are primarily made out of brass, a proven, staple material. However, some parts aren’t made out of brass, and there are saxes that use ZERO brass.

Bronze, copper or sterling and nickel silver in the construction, especially around the bell, darken the tone of the sax. They also make it more expensive and more difficult to maintain though. They can also make the instrument much heavier, so make sure you’re comfortable with that. 

The Body

Most modern saxes are ribbed, but non-ribbed ones still exist and if your hands are aching with a typical sax, look for one that’s not ribbed. Beginner models are usually not ribbed, and non-ribbed models are less durable, so watch out.

The Keys

Do you need additional keys, or can you play some notes even without them? If you’re skilled enough, extra keys will just be extra clutter instead of being helpful. However, if you do need the help, a high F# key or a high G key might be invaluable. Watch out for saxes with alternate key positions as well. 

The Neck

The shape of the neck can be instrumental in playing. If you can’t seem to be able to comfortably play your sax a longer or a shorter neck could fix the issue. Luckily, necks can be replaced in case you buy a sax with a neck that doesn’t fit you. 

The 5 Best Tenor Saxophones on the Market

Mendini by Cecilio MTS-L+92D - A Great Saxophone at an Amazing Price

Mendini by Cecilio MTS-L+92D Gold Lacquer B Flat Tenor Saxophone with Tuner, Case, Mouthpiece, 10 Reeds and More

This is a great-looking sax for a great price, and it also performs well – however, it does have a few shortcomings.

While it looks and feels good, it is less sturdy than the average sax. It does come with a 1-year warranty, but you might want to consider something else if you want a foolproof product.

As far as playing goes, it performs exceptionally well, and it does have a few nice additions, like the high F# key for example. It makes things easier for beginners and pros alike. Getting started will be a bit difficult though since it’s hard to tune and doesn’t come with instructions on how to do it. Experienced players will know how to do it.

This saxophone also comes with a bundle of great extras. It includes a great case for your sax, mouthpiece, neck strap, a box of ten 2.5-size wooden reeds, a cleaning cloth and rod as well as a pair of playing gloves. In addition to all that, you also get a string tuner with a metronome.

Overall, it’s a good deal for the entire package, even though the sax is less durable than most. 


Affordable price for the package

Has a high F# key

Lots of great extras

1-year warranty


Less durable than average

Difficult to tune, no instructions

Glory Black/Gold B Flat Tenor Saxophone - The Best Starter Saxophone for Anyone

Glory Black/Gold B Flat Tenor Saxophone with Case,10pc Reeds,Mouth Piece,Screw Driver,Nipper. A pair of gloves, Soft Cleaning Cloth.

If you’re looking for a good beginner to intermediate saxophone for a good price with a lot of extras, this is the product for you. It sounds great and has a high F# key. It also has adjustable key height, allowing it to be played by kids and adults alike.

In the package, you get a lot of stuff, including gloves, black case, grease, screwdriver, cleaning rod, ten starter reeds and more.

Despite being made of cheaper materials, this saxophone looks impressive and akin to a professional one. Sadly, its sturdiness doesn’t equal its beauty. It’s easy to break, and it often gets damaged during shipping.

Overall, it’s a good beginner sax and comes with everything you need, but don’t expect it to last for too long.


Comes at a great price

Lots of extras in the package

It looks impressive

Key height can be adjusted


Flimsy and often damaged during shipping

The mouthpiece it comes with is poor

Jean-Paul USA TS-400 - Durable and Powerful at the Same Time

Jean Paul USA TS-400 Tenor Saxophone

Here we have an instrument that’s great for beginners and intermediate players alike. It is easy to use but highly functional at the same time. The sound is great and clear even if you’re just starting out.

The construction is more than solid, with power forged keys and a sturdy bell brace. It’s a highly durable product – the only weak point is the neck, which might bend or dent if you’re not careful.

It comes with a pack of reeds, a wonderful black case, cork grease, a pair of gloves, a neck strap and a cleaning cloth. It’s everything you need to get started.

If you want some non-standard keys, this saxophone doesn’t have it, but you won’t exactly need them if you’re a beginner.


It is durable and reliable

Includes a lot of good accessories

Lightweight, easy to use and responsive


The neck can dent easily

It lacks any extra keys

Legacy TS750 - Easy to Play and Hard to Break

Legacy TS750 Student/Intermediate Tenor Saxophone with Case, Accessories

This is one of the best intermediate saxophones that you can get for less than 500 dollars. It’s not perfect, but it is more than worth considering.

For starters, it plays incredibly well, and it’s easy to play, featuring pro pads, a high F# key, and a front F key. This is what makes it good for beginners as well, and you can easily start learning with this saxophone.

It is good for more experienced players as well, and it will last for a long time due to sturdy construction. Even if it gets damaged, it has a good warranty.

It comes with tons of extras, including a case, a neck strap, ligature and a cleaning kit. Sadly, the extras are of poor quality, especially the case.

The only other major downside is the octave key. It does malfunction at times and might break, which is a serious issue. Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often but test it while the warranty lasts. 


It’s made out of durable materials

Comes with a great warranty

Easy to pick up and play


The case that comes with it is poor

The octave key can malfunction

Selmer STS280 La Voix II - High Quality Vintage Powerhouse

Selmer STS280 La Voix II Tenor Saxophone Outfit Copper Body with Yellow Brass Bell and Keys

This is a vintage-style saxophone made out of high-quality brass and constructed to be as sturdy as possible. All the parts are well-made and put together with obvious care. It shows in the sound as well – deep, clear and strong with no air leaks. It’s good on the eyes as well.

It also comes with plenty of great extras, the best of which is the soft but sturdy case that’s easy to carry around.

It does have a few problems, though. The included mouthpiece doesn’t work for band play, and the keypads can fall off. It’s nothing major, but it’s still worth mentioning. Overall, it’s just a great sax!


It looks beautiful

Vintage-style saxophone with a clear and deep sound

Durable and made out of high-quality materials

Comes with a host of great extras


You might have to use a different mouthpiece and ligature for band play

The keypads can get loose and come off

The price is steep

The Best Tenor Saxophone Available

All of the saxes here are great, which is why they’re included in the article, to begin with. Which one is best for you comes down to personal preference. But, you’re here to know which one is best and by most metrics that would be the Selmer STS280 La Voix II.

It’s a great sax and can be used by almost anyone while having no major downsides. Yes, it is more expensive than most, but the quality is more than worth the price. If you’re looking for the best, that’s what you need to get.

Until next time, feel free to sound off in the comments and keep the music alive. 

A Complete Guide To Finding The Best Baritone Saxophone: 2018 Edition

We’re not sure why, but a bari sax often gets overlooked as an option by someone new to wind instruments.

You’re here, though, which means you see the value the best baritone saxophone has to offer to any musician that dares to tackle its deep, almost growling tones. So, let’s join our forces to make sure you get the best possible experience out of your new favorite sax!

Be Honest About Your Skill Level

As you’ll see later on in the article, there’s a relatively substantial amount of money at play here. Buying a bari sax – let alone a high-quality one – is, by no means, a cheap business.

Why are we telling you this?

Because you need to be sure that playing a bari sax is something you genuinely want to pursue before you spend the big bucks on a new instrument. So, besides choosing a saxophone, there’s one more big decision ahead of you: picking a bari sax in accordance to the level you’re playing on– beginner or student, intermediate, or professional.

Should You Buy The Best Baritone Saxophone Online – And Why?

We get that you might be on the fence here. That’s an entirely reasonable doubt to have. However, there are some significant advantages to doing your shopping online, instead of a local music store – you just haven’t realized what they are yet.

First off, who doesn’t want to get the best possible deal? That’s why the first thing we want you to know is that prices online are comparatively lower than in any of the local music stores.

When you enter a music store, it may seem like they have a wide range of options, but keep in mind that’s NOTHING compared to shopping online – every brand, every model, and every saxophone accessories you can imagine, only a few clicks away.

Lastly, you’ll have a lot more time to make an informed decision in the comfort of your home – without a pushy salesperson doing everything they can to seal the deal right then and there.

Best Baritone Saxophone 101: Things To Look For

Let’s cut to the chase – how can you be sure you’ve picked the best baritone saxophone?

There are a few important details you should pay attention to if you want to weed out the not-so-great models from the great ones. Trust us; these tips will make narrowing your choice a lot easier!

Materials, Finishes, And All That Technical Stuff

Yellow brass with a lacquer finish is the golden standard for saxophones of all types. That doesn’t there aren’t any alternatives, though.

Copper, sterling silver, and bronze can be seen on bells and necks of the more expensive models, usually, those aimed at pro players.

On top of that, the finishes have become a matter of personal preference, too. The clear finish might still be the most popular choice, but it’s far from being the only one – you can go with black lacquer or matte finish, or even nickel and silver plating, instead.

Before you decide to buy the best baritone saxophone based on looks alone, keep in mind that ANY changes to the standard materials and finishes do result in a shift in tone.

Lastly, pay attention to construction:


By soldering the posts to flat pieces of brass before attaching them to the saxophone’s body, the horn is more likely to hold its adjustments for longer. Most intermediate to professional level saxophones will have this so-called ribbed construction.


When the posts are attached to your horn’s body without the use of ''ribs,“ as is the case with most beginner-level saxophones, it’s called a non-ribbed construction. The main advantage here is that they’re generally more lightweight and affordable, although it does sacrifice a bit of strength.

Optional Keys Are Always A Nice Bonus

The key layout is standardized, and there’s not much you can do about it. You can, on the other hand, look for models with a few additional keys. They’ll make it easier to play specific notes, as well as to reach the edges of your baritone saxophone range.

So, when you start browsing the market, remember to check for these, too:

  • High F# key
  • Front F key
  • Low A key
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    Tilted spatulas

Weight Is An Important Factor, Too

Baritone saxophones are enormous – everyone who’s ever played one will tell you that. It is among the largest in the saxophone family, after all. But at what point does heavy become too heavy?

The weight of your bari sax can fall anywhere in the 12 to 25-pound range. There’s no right or wrong here – it’s all a matter of comfort. However, since you’ll be carrying all that weight on a neck strap (or, better yet, a harness), going with a lighter model does seem like a sensible thing to do.

Beware Of Additional Costs

We’d love nothing more than to tell you there won’t be any additional – and often hidden – costs waiting for you around the corner, but we can’t promise you that. What we can do is give you some advice on how to avoid them:

  • Choose a model that comes with a few of the essentials, like a mouthpiece, ligature, reeds, a cleaning kit, gloves, or at least a solid case.
  • Look for models that are sent to you ready-to-play, or at least play-tested before it left the manufacturer.

Best Baritone Saxophones On The Market: Our Reviews

1. Levante LV-BS4105 Eb Baritone Saxophone – Rooting For The Outsider

Levante LV-BS4105 Eb Baritone Saxophone with Soft Case

Being only a few bucks shy of the $2000 mark, this model falls into the less expensive category. We did warn you about baritone saxophones being expensive, didn’t we?

Anyway, first thing worth mentioning is that it comes ready to play. Not having to take it to a music repair shop right out of the box to get it fine-tuned is ALWAYS a pleasant surprise. Also, it comes with all the essentials needed to play – and care for – your new baritone sax.

And can we take a moment to appreciate the case it comes in? It has a hard shell, is exceptionally sturdy, has a set of wheels to make transporting your bari sax a LOT EASY, and, to tell you the truth, it looks great, too!

However, you’ll have to spend a few extra bucks on a new mouthpiece – the one it comes with just doesn’t cut it. In all fairness, it might work for you, but ONLY if you’re an absolute beginner.

If you enjoy rooting for the outsider, we encourage you to give this bari sax a chance. Sure, it’s not a popular choice, but as with anything else in life, the underdog might surprise you!


Brass body with a lacquer finish

Has a low A and high F# keys

Essential accessories included in the offer

Comes with a sturdy case with wheels

It’s reasonably priced


Replace the mouthpiece right away

Allora Paris Series Professional Baritone Saxophone AABS-801 - Lacquer

Being only a few bucks shy of the $2000 mark, this model falls into the less expensive category. We did warn you about baritone saxophones being expensive, didn’t we?

Anyway, first thing worth mentioning is that it comes ready to play. Not having to take it to a music repair shop right out of the box to get it fine-tuned is always a pleasant surprise. Also, it comes with all the essentials needed to play – and care for – your new baritone sax.

And can we take a moment to appreciate the case it comes in? It has a hard shell, is exceptionally sturdy, has a set of wheels to make transporting your bari sax a lot easier, and, to tell you the truth, it looks great, too!

However, you’ll have to spend a few extra bucks on a new mouthpiece – the one it comes with just doesn’t cut it. In all fairness, it might work for you, but only if you’re an absolute beginner.

If you enjoy rooting for the outsider, we encourage you to give this bari sax a chance. Sure, it’s not a popular choice, but as with anything else in life, the underdog might surprise you!


Option to choose between brass and
copper body

Hand-engraved details

It allows key adjustments

It has a low A key

Leather pads with metal resonators

You get pads made by Pisoni

Comes with an ABS molded case

Includes essential accessories


It’s fairly expensive

Cecilio BS-380L+92D 3 Series Lacquer Yellow Brass Intermediate Eb Baritone Saxophone with Tuner, Pro-Deluxe Case, and Mouthpiece

Somewhere in the middle of a vast price range lays this Cecilio baritone saxophone, hence the third place on our list.

The combination of a ribbed construction and a brass body seems well-made and adds a bit of weight (without making it too heavy) to the sax, resulting in a warmer sound, while the high F#, low A, and spatula keys make it more comfortable to play.

We also like the fact that it comes with all the essentials, from standard things like a mouthpiece, ligature, neck strap, gloves and a cleaning cloth, to a chromatic tuner with a metronome and a hard-shell case, which can be worn as a backpack, too.

What about the things we didn’t like?

Well, first off, you’re going to have to buy a new ligature, because this one DOESN'T do its job.

Another thing we noticed – and this one could potentially cause damage to your sax – is that the low A key keeps hitting against the saxophone’s body. It may not be a huge issue at first, but looking at it long-term, it’s less than ideal.


Yellow brass body with ribbed construction

Metal tone boosters

Has a high F# and low A key

Tilted spatula keys

Comes with a variety of accessories

One-year warranty included in the offer


The ligature doesn’t grip

The low A key hits against the saxophone

4. Mendini by Cecilio MBS-30L+92D Intermediate E Flat Baritone Saxophone – Experiment With A Bari Without Committing To It

Mendini by Cecilio MBS-30L+92D Lacquer Yellow Brass Intermediate E Flat Baritone Saxophone with Tuner, Pro-Deluxe Case, Mouthpiece and Neck Strap

If the last one was too much for your wallet, we suggest a more affordable model by Cecilio – Mendini, to be exact.

Not only does it sound good and feels well-constructed thanks to a brass body and ribbed design, but it has improved ease of fingering, as well – the high F#, low A, and tilted spatula keys.

And you get everything you’ll need with it, too, including a hard-shell case and a string tuner with a metronome.

Remember those additional expenses we’ve talked about earlier? Well, here they are!

You’ll have to buy a new mouthpiece because the one you get doesn’t qualify as great – UNLESS you’re an absolute beginner, that is. Moreover, you’ll have to take it to a music repair shop for a full tune-up, but since it’s so affordable, to begin with, even with these hidden costs, you’re still getting a good deal.

All in all, if you want to experience the deep sound, one only a bari can make but aren’t sure if they’re willing to stick with it for the long run, this is the best baritone saxophone for you.


Brass body with ribbed construction

It has low A, high F#, and tilted spatula keys

Includes vital accessories

The case is sturdy and lightweight

Comes with a one-year warranty

It’s affordable


It requires a full professional tune-up

You’ll need a new mouthpiece

5. Yamaha YBS-62 Professional Baritone Saxophone – Everything A Modern Baritone Should Be

Yamaha YBS-62 Professional Baritone Saxophone

If you’re looking for the best baritone saxophone, and Yamaha YBS-62 didn’t end up on your favorites list, we say it’s time for a new one.

The overall vibe you’ll get is that of grandeur. From the gold lacquer finish and engravings on the bell to the mother of pearl key inlays, everything on this saxophone works to create a feeling of quality and elegance. We’d go as far as to say that this baritone is the perfect example of what a modern saxophone be. It’s a bold thing to say, but it’s far from being an overstatement.

Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice it has a few of the additional keys we’ve mentioned – high F#, front F, low A, and tilted spatula keys are all there, plus a very comfortable, albeit plastic, thumb rest.

However, this Yamaha model does come with a particular price tag. We thought we should warn you about it, ESPECIALLY if you’re on a budget.

But if you’re at a level where you’re ready to spend over $7000 to get the best baritone saxophone, who are we to stop you?


One-piece annealed bell with engravings

Adjustable thumb rest

Mother of pearl key inlays

Has a low A, front F, and high F# keys

Comes with a hard case

It’s affordable

Has an overall luxurious feel to it

Limited five-year warranty included


It’s quite expensive

Best Baritone Saxophone: Final Verdict

So, which one of these is the best baritone saxophone?

Well, it seems like the Allora Paris Series Professional Baritone Saxophone AABS-801 takes the cake this time.

In all fairness, though, all of our top five favorites are great. The problem is that the bari sax is usually the last one in the family to receive upgrades and improvements, so there’s a bit of a ''make do and mend“ mentality revolving around them.

However, that also means that all of these models have a tried-and-tested construction, so whichever you buy, we’re sure you’ll be happy with your purchase!