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by exoboist
(3 posts)
4 years ago

New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

Hello. I am new to the sax and so new that I don't have a sax yet. I majored in music (on oboe) in college but quickly became frusterated with attempting to be a professional musician. So i decided to pursue other career options and now that I have a decent career in place I want to get back to music. My love for jazz has grown and I am tired of the oboe (and reeds). I am looking for any advice on instruments, teachers, and anything else. I am looking for a teacher in the Lansing or Grand Rapids (MI) area and I am looking for a good instrument. Please suggest any instruments that I might enjoy...

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  1. by cuber
    (653 posts)

    4 years ago

    Re: New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

    welcome to the site and the sax in general! yeah, reeds do suck, but at least you can buy sax reeds pre-made. What is your price range for a sax?

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    1. by exoboist
      (3 posts)

      4 years ago

      Re: New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

      i am thrilled about not having to spend most of my life carving reeds.... As far as a price range, I haven't totally decided. I would like at least an intermediate horn and something that will make me happy for a few years while I figure out what I am doing. So I guess that I am willing to spend under 2k. I realize that I can't realistically get something good for under 1K.

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      1. by kelsey
        (819 posts)

        4 years ago

        Re: New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

        Try e-bay and look for a Yamaha 62. You can get one used for less than the 2 grand you mentioned. (I am talking the alto, tenors are more money!!) It's Yamaha's starting professional line, although many pros play them because they are great horns..............Kelsey
        Barry Kelsey

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        1. by exoboist
          (3 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

          Thanks, kelsey. I will definitely check it out!

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        2. by cuber
          (653 posts)

          4 years ago

          Re: New to Sax (from the perspective of an ex-oboist)!

          Cant really argue much with a 62, though when I compared one to my 475, I thought the 475 sounded much better. Ive heard that some 475s are better than others though. It might have been because Id played the 475 for about 6 years compared to a couple minutes with the 62, but the only yamaha i tried that outclassed my 475 was an 875, and I would have had to get a different neck. Be careful on ebay- more pictures the better.

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