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by ericadamico
(1 post)
6 years ago

Vintage Sax vs. Modern Sax for young beginning player

My son is 12 and has been playing a Jupiter student sax for 8 months. His instructor says he's ready for a professional mouthpiece as well as a better sax. He is recommending a vintage Buescher. I don't really know much about saxophones and don't know if my son would be better off with a new modern sax. What are the pros and cons to a vintage sax vs. a modern one. And do you think my son may be too new to the whole sax thing to even change right now.

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  1. by cuber
    (653 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: Vintage Sax vs. Modern Sax for young beginning player

    vintage saxes can be finicky. for a beginner a modern sax is better, due to things like smoother keywork and plays in tune easier. mouthpeice-wise, an ottolink or a meyer would probably be the biggest bang for your buck. (even though i personally dont like the new meyers, its nice to try as much as possible)

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    1. by kelsey
      (817 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: Vintage Sax vs. Modern Sax for young beginning player

      Cuber is right. Modern horns are much better for beginning band students because of the reasons he mentioned. What I would wonder about is the band instructor who says your child needs a vintage pro horn. By any chance is the instructor trying to sell you something? My Grand Daughter plays sax in a beginners class in Maryland. Her instructor never noticed that she was useing a guitar strap for a sax strap. I caught the mistake when we were together Thanksgiving. I am a longtime sax player and I also had to show her how to put the horn in her mouth correctly. Their are good teachers and bad teachers. There are smart teachers and dumb teachers. I wonder how some colleges can graduate some of the idiots that they do. Oh well............Kelsey
      Barry Kelsey

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      1. by cuber
        (653 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: Vintage Sax vs. Modern Sax for young beginning player

        i read somewhere the buescher BIg B is a good classical horn, he could mean that. but even if he did, modern horns are better for beginners.

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    2. by se.hornrepair
      (5 posts)

      5 years ago

      Re: Vintage Sax vs. Modern Sax for young beginning player

      Agreed with the above posters. As long as the Jupiter is in good repair it'll serve your son better then a vintage horn would. At this stage a good mouthpiece upgrade will serve a much better purpose then a horn upgrade with either Meyer or Otto Link being the top two choices IMO.

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