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by KCSaxGal
(46 posts)
10 years ago

Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

I have recently gotten back into playing after not touching a sax for about 7 years. The alto I owned from back in high school was a Bundy II. I played tenor/bass in college and rented from the college. I decided to get back into playing and decided to buy a new alto. I should have done a little research maybe first and I was talked into buying a Selmer AS500. Does anyone have an opinion on this model? It seems to play good but I am just now getting back into playing and I wanted a sax that I could grow into as I get back into playing. Is this model going to cut it or should I sell it for what I can get and get a better model? I am tempted by the reference 54, it looks sweet, but if this sax will be ok then I will keep it. I am using a Meyer 6M mouthpiece with Vandoren Medium Reeds. I also have a Selmer S80 C*. I am playing in a community band and found that the Meyer has alot more response. But I don't know much about mouthpieces or reeds. Any information or advice would be appreciated!

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  1. by kara
    (1 post)

    10 years ago

    Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

    What is the difference between the Selmer AS500 and the AS500 Aristocrat? (I hope I didn't make a major error. I was playing the AS500 Aristocrat, but I PURCHASED an AS500, and it doesn't say AS 500 and Aristocrat on it. Being such a beginner, I didn't even have the knowledge in me to think to ask the difference between an AS500 AND an AS500 Aristocrat. Any reassurances or constructive criticism about the difference would be much appreciated! (I can't return it. It's not the seller's fault, it's mine for not being informed to ask.) Thanks so much!!! Kara

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  2. by c-sax
    (4 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

    Hey! I have played nearly every selmer sax i can get my hands on and i think that you will find that you have a very nice horn. To clear up any confusion, the AS500 is made in taiwan while the AS500 Aristocrat is made in the US. I play the AS500 Aristocrat simply because it is my favorite sax out there. It compares to the Selmer series II for a fraction of the price, and it is not much different than the sax you are playing. I hope this could be of help. peace

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    1. by Tony Alto
      (9 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

      Thanks for the info! I am a fifth grader who is going to play the alto sax. My mom and I are still choosing what alto I should play. Do you know if there is a good student silver alto sax? I like the silver ones best. peace :)

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      1. by CountSpatula
        (602 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

        Tony, looks arn't everything if thats what your going for=)

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        1. by KCSaxGal
          (46 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          true but to a fifth grader they are. When I was in 5th grade..... (won't tell you how long ago that was :)) I was the only kid with a silver horn and I was made fun of so bad. I actually made my parents sell that vintage horn and buy me a crappy replacement. I so wish I had that old horn back!

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        2. by CountSpatula
          (602 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          I always wonder why people with silver horns get looked at differently (atleast here they do)...

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        3. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          We decided at a music store that we're getting a Selmer AS500 ! It's gold with silver and pearl keys!The only problem is where to get it! Do you know any good online places to shop!

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        4. by CountSpatula
          (602 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Why not just buy it at that music store...

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        5. by KCSaxGal
          (46 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          If they have it there then I would support your local music store. Look online and find some prices and then ask them to get as close to that as possible. They usually aren't able to match the price but the little bit more you pay will be worth it. As a new player you will be dealing with that local music store quite a bit... it's good to build a relationship with them. Also a new horn needs some adjusting that as a new player you will be unable to do. If you buy the horn there then they are more likely to help you out and make sure everything is good with the horn. Congradulations on the journey you are about to start Tony. I started on the same path 23 years ago and I haven't looked back.

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        6. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Thank you for the congrats!I went to Devoe's yesterday .Their AS500 was $1395.00. He was going to discount it if we purchased it.My mom wanted to get it.When the guy looked up the price in a book he saw that the price should have been $1600.00. He wouldn't give us the price on the tag.There's another place in Doylestown my mom said we could try. Wish me luck! :)

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        7. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Thank you for the congrats!I went to Devoe's yesterday .Their AS500 was $1395.00. He was going to discount it if we purchased it.My mom wanted to get it.When the guy looked up the price in a book he saw that the price should have been $1600.00. He wouldn't give us the price on the tag. That salesman is a blooming idiot. What he looked up sounds like List price, which is like a 'suggested retail price' in the industry. Most places discount off of it significantly, much more then the $200 of the $1600 price. I'm glad you didn't pay list price. Really, I think list price is a weapon manufactures provide to make people feel better about paying so much for an instrument ("Well you could be paying THIS much..."), as well as a way for salesmen to kajole people into *thinking* they're getting a deal. Go to the store similiarly armed: Get a few prices from the web on the model horns you are looking for. Print them off. Show them to the local people, especially if they insist on List price. They are not going to be able to match the Web price, but they should be able to come down a bit, especially if they quote you the List price of the instrument.

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        8. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          When the guy looked up the price in a book he saw that the price should have been $1600.00. He wouldn't give us the price on the tag. Actually, in this act he may have been breaking the law. Anyway, have you looked at the Jupiter" target="other">www.wwbw.com/Jupiter-869SG-Artist-Alto-Saxophone-i34733.music>Jupiter artist series? I've played a few and found them to be quite good. They meet your wishes of a silver plated horn, gold lacquered keywork, and also have a solid sterling silver neckpipe. Like the Selmer you have picked out, they are both Taiwanese manufactured.

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        9. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          8 years ago

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        10. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          8 years ago

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        11. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Thanks for the sites!The Jupiter looked great!At the other store we saw another cool looking and sounding sax.I got to play it.The guy there said he's actually gonna be my high school band instructor.I got a lot of good info from him!Our decision should be made by the end of the next weekend.Thanks for all the help! :)

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        12. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          The Yanagisawa we looked at is gold and silver.It's expensive!!!Mom said we should ask for Santa to get us one for X-Mas!I got to play it and save the reed!They said I was good at it!Mom said this should be my last post until I get my sax.I won't listen.Thanks again for all the wise information! :)

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        13. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Today was the big day!!! I got my first saxophone!!! It's silver with gold keys! It's a Selmer and it's new! We got it for $1,400.00!!!!!!!!!! It took a long time to find that sax but we found the right instrument!

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        14. by MarkLavelle
          (300 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Congratulations! What model is it?

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        15. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          I'm glad you have a new horn you are happy with. Treat it right and I'm sure it will treat you well. :)

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        16. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          I have a LAS501! It's a Liberty made by Selmer! I might take lessons at the music store before school begins! I'm all ready for the next school year! I also got the music books I need! I can't wait to know how to play the Pink Panther! P.S. I learned about Wisconsin at school! Your lucky to be from there! You get food for free if you have a farm! :) I'd miss the beach though! :(

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        17. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Lessons are great! I have been taking private lessons at Fretz! Also, I have lessons going on at school! I'm ahead of my class!

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        18. by Tony Alto
          (9 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Lessons are great! I have been taking private lessons at Fretz! Also, I have lessons going on at school! I'm ahead of my class!

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        19. by yhath
          (1 post)

          8 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          price is correct, it is being sold here in Binghamton NY for $1675 brand new. Thats about the right price I have seen it everywhere.

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        20. by Mr.Music
          (1 post)

          6 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          Hi, Really? I know a music store very close to Devoe's in Montgomeryville. Its only 5 minutes away from Devoe's. They are a brand new music store that has a lot of things. Their instruments are very cheap too!! They said they are a Conn-Selmer Dealer which has other brands in it. They are having a grand opening special until September (2008). They are selling the AS500 Saxophones for only $1099!! Thats an great price compared to the other store. The music store's whole family are musicians. If you want more info, call them at 215-362-2340. Some of my friends bought it and they love it. I went to the store yesterday and they were all out of stock, but they ordered one for me and they said it would take about a week. It's worth the wait for that price.

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      2. by SaxMan
        (559 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

        They are REALLY nice - ive never played any of the new student model selmers, but they are all REALLY good looking. If I had to pick just from close examination - without playing I would probably choose the AS700 - its fully ribbed with metal thumbrests. But the case sucks - weve had buyers come in for new cases after a month. But I dont know - havent played any of them to know exactly. But I can garauntee you, that 500 is a REAL good horn. Not by professional standards, but by student model standards - they are more like intermediate models than before.

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      3. by sax_maniac
        (984 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

        I think the AS500 is fine. Most any new horn with the exception of fly-by-night eBay only brands should be good enough to get back into playing. Quite frankly, having your Bundy II tuned up should suffice quite well for getting back into playing. If the new horn helps your motivation, then that's a good thing, too. I love my original Bundy II, but it has been through hell and back and looks like it. Still plays fine, though. I bought a Selmer III to get myself going again after a little hiaitus, but have found that I don't have to hold a $3000 horn in my hands to play well. Welcome back, and good luck.

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        1. by cfsatb
          (11 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          find a qualified private teacher. good luck.

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        2. by chiamac
          (586 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

          This is so important I'm going to repeat it... "but have found that I don't have to hold a $3000 horn in my hands to play well." now if only more people knew that.

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          1. by KCSaxGal
            (46 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

            My big thing was I didn't know if the Selmer 'made in Taiwan' models were any good. I am happy now that I didn't spend $3000. Though I still wonder if I should have taken the $1000 I spent and put it towards a used Selmer Paris model? Overall though I am happy with my purchase and am enjoying playing again.

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            1. by sax_maniac
              (984 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              The only emotional hurdle I would face in buying an AS500 is the fact it's made in Taiwan. Not from a quality standpoint, necessarily, but one of perhaps blind principle. I'd have maybe taken that $1000 and found a really nice Conn 6M. Investing in a great legacy and history as well as a great horn.

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            2. by SaxMan
              (559 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              holy crap! if I said the 500 was mad ein taiwann I was screwed up - the 500 is usa - the 6 and 700 is taiwann

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            3. by SaxMan
              (559 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              by the way - I think we sell the 500 for 700

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            4. by KCSaxGal
              (46 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              yeah, I realized afterwards that I paid too much. I will do more research before I ever buy another sax.

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            5. by KCSaxGal
              (46 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              my AS500 is stamped 'Taiwan' on in

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            6. by sax_maniac
              (984 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              So is my student's 500...

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            7. by SaxMan
              (559 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              What the hell? maybe im thinking of the 1244.

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            8. by mttsaxman
              (16 posts)

              8 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              Yes...you should have bought a Conn.

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          2. by altosaxmom
            (1 post)

            6 years ago

            Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

            My daughter has the AS500 Alto Sax that was made in Taiwan. We have not had good luck with the quality of this instrument. Pins are constantly coming loose. We have taken it to the music shop for repair several times. She takes good care of it, too. I'm really disappointed. I wish we had known that there is a model that is made in the U.S. We bought it new two years ago. Now we are in the market for a new Alto Sax. I want to sell the one we have. Any suggestions for a better Alto Sax that we can purchase for $1500 or less?

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            1. by cuber
              (653 posts)

              6 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              really, there arent any horns made in the US anymore. You can find Yamaha 23's fairly cheap used. actually, i think there paul maslin has a 23 alto for 600 right now www.pmwoodwind.com in case your interested

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          3. by HAILEYgrrIMaDINO
            (2 posts)

            4 years ago

            Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

            Ah, I just bought this horn(Selmer AS500) about three weeks ago for marching band. I payed $1785 for it, which is a lot, but that comes with insurance and everything from a trusted local music store. Anyway, from the experience I've had with it so far it's a great horn. It's easy smooth to play and it has a nice sound to it. It looks very pretty, too. (:

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          4. by soren0071
            (1 post)

            4 years ago

            Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

            The AS500 is a generally good horn when you get it, but after 2-3 years it begins to get annoying having to take it to the shop every week to get it worked on. Then again that was after a season of marching band.... It is an overall good horn, it just starts to break down alot later on.

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            1. by Thatsaxguy
              (1 post)

              3 years ago

              Re: Selmer AS500 - Did I buy the wrong horn?

              In contrast to soren0071's post, I would like to say that I've had an AS500 for nearly 4 years now and I've only had it in the shop twice. One time was due to a particularly brutal marching show (rain, muddy fields, no time to let the pads dry :( the works), and the other was because I mistakenly trusted someone with my horn. I get an amazing sound quality out if it, and most of my section used to think I playing some $3000 pro model! I prefer a basic 4C mouthpiece (I'm looking into getting a metal mouthpiece jazz band) and Vandoren Java Red cut reeds.

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