How do all the other beginners do it?
I have been interested in purchasing and learning how to play a saxophone for a long time. I finally managed to scrape some money together, and thought I was set - but it seems as though I haven't scraped together enough.
I guess what I'd like to ask is, is it possible to buy a decent tenor sax for around $700?
I don't know where all these high school students get their $2.5k - more budgets (more power to em'), but I can't pull together that much, and I likely won't be able to for awhile (guess I'm considered 'working class').
An added twist - I live in Japan. That means renting options and several cheap brands are off-limits to me (though if there were a can't-miss deal, my family is in the US and I might be able to work something out).
I'm looking for a dark, low, jazzy sound.
Brands I keep seeing good things about are Yamaha (not once have I seen one I could afford), Jupiter (semi-affordable, haven't heard many bad things), Selmer, and RSR.
I've decided against Antigua and J.Martin based on things I've read either on this forum or other places online, and I've decided to buy new because I don't know enough about saxophones and have not been able to find anyone nearby who could help me to not get swindled.
Without being discouraging, could anyone here offer some advice? Either on experiences with any of these brands, or on being a sax enthusiast on a budget? I'm all ears.
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your responses.