Cheapest Sax on Amazon VS My Professional Alto Saxophone

Cheapest Sax on Amazon VS My Professional Alto Saxophone


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you know this is Jay Metcalf here with another better sex video this week we’ve
gone over 30,000 subscribers here on the YouTube channel so hey thanks for all
your continued support if you’re not already subscribed and now is a great
time to get yourself subscribed after last week’s video comparing the four
great professional tenor saxophones I got a lot of people asking me to do a
comparison between a cheap horn because you know a lot of people are wanting to
buy saxophone but they don’t have thousands of dollars to get something of
a professional quality so I decided to put my money where my mouth is I bought
this saxophone off of Amazon it costs two hundred and seventy dollars it’s the
cheapest one available that is available both in North America and Europe so in
this video I’m going to first unbox this thing show you everything that comes
inside the case then I’m gonna put the leak light down it and we’re gonna check
and see how well the pads are sealing I’m gonna give a quick look over the
mechanism and how well it’s built and then I’m gonna play test it and put it
up against my yanagisawa A991 alto saxophone which is a professional horn
and just about as good as it gets when it comes to alto saxophone we’re gonna
open her up just you know this was actually shipped in a box that was not
the actual delivery this on outside says Slade designed by USA what is designed
by USA mean? the outside pocket here there’s a top handle
okay you can add backpack straps that will be on the inside I’m sure oh it’s
got these feet on the bottom swab comes with it over here you’ve got another
swab this is like a neck and mouthpiece pumpkin is like a microfiber cloth
perfect one less thing to buy mouthpiece brush next strap it’s got everything you
need you don’t need to get a neck strap as well this is the gloves the gloves
are come with every Chinese saxophone or instrument Wow
why do we have gloves anybody from China who watches me please in the comments
below tell me why you guys have gloves with all your instruments like I would
never play a saxophone with gloves because I would think I would lose a
grip on the keys and everything but maybe it’s maybe I should try it
these are my these are the nicest gloves I’ve ever seen in the Chinese history I
don’t like them polishing cloths this thing looks like it’s some sort of mute
of course you got some reeds and okay here are the backpack straps finally we
get to the mouthpiece and it has a reed attached to it and a ligature a linkage
is wow it was really on there tight it’s like a copy of a Selmer C star design
but it’s probably plays terrible but we’ll try it out you know just to make
sure I don’t have much high hopes for those reeds the neck this this comes in
two finishes there’s one that’s more like a reddish brass bronze sort of
color which is the one I got and then there’s another one that’s more of them
without the red okay now the saxophone haha there you go you know what I mean it may be it’s a
little bit it’s a little bit maybe to read and went out maybe the other color
you’re good but it looks it has that kind of sort of a vintage vibe to it
check out the key pearls the pearls are like this kind of cool psychedelic but
if that doesn’t bother me I’m sure they’re not pearls I’m sure there’s
plastic all of the keys are wedged closed for shipping which is standard
for all new saxophones you wedge the keys close it keeps the seats on the
pads first step is take out all of these wedges inside of this horn is this this is the
important part the end plug I’m not a big fan okay everything you need to get
started it’s you know for 270 bucks if this thing plays well serious bargain
let’s put the leak light down there and see no adjustment like that that I’m
just trying to make right there on the old Chinese x1 I would have already
broken the thing so overall after putting the leak light down this to my
surprise I guess the horn seems to be sealing pretty well I’m gonna quickly
just check the mechanisms and how see if there’s play okay so I can’t even hear
that that’s the B key a little bit of play there he is alright
she is okay F F sharp or okay D has a bit of play one more thing that’s that’s
an issue for me on these Chinese horns in the past there’s been the key corks
it’s the sort of thing that if within the first week you got keys key corks
going off then you got the really like on these feet these feet here so I’m
gonna just quickly with my fingernail see if that one comes off or anything no
it seems to be on there reasonably well they this horn came with a lot of
accessories but it one thing very important that it did not come with is
cork grease no I’ve got my neck here I’ve got my mouthpiece I don’t even have
any cork grease here in my studio so here’s a quick and dirty trick if you
don’t have cork grease saliva tastes like a Chinese factory I
want to see of their own mouthpiece that came with the horn fits the mouthpiece
actually plays okay not a great fit the neck into the neck ten minutes already
see like tight coming out to focus on that this is something you want to wipe
that clean it might be dust on there also you got to be careful when you
don’t get a good fit turning this tenon inside the receiver over and over that
you’re not going to mess up this mechanism here you’re gonna want to take
a nice cloth and make sure you clean that and I clean out the receiver any
little bit of dirt or dust in there is gonna affect how well this SEOs you can
also put some cork grease on there to help that go in smoother I’m gonna
record the first notes this is straight out of the box no adjustments to the
keys or the pads and using the mouthpiece that comes with that I’ve got
my ligature and my read on there okay that’s surprisingly good
that’s almost shockingly good I mean this is their mouthpiece mouthpiece and
I played I mean I played out altissimo B for 270 dollars it doesn’t look half bad
either okay I’ve got my eye moon alto saxophone bought on Amazon for $270 and
my professional yanagisawa alto saxophone the new version of this being
sold today goes for $4,500 I’m gonna play the same thing on both of them you
listen carefully with your headphones you’re good speakers and let me know in
the comments below how they stack up for you so there you have it
I think this sound difference is pretty clear
however this saxophone costs like four thousand five hundred dollars new and
this one costs two hundred and seventy dollars so you do the math you can get a
great sound out of this it plays over the whole range no problem it plays in
tune and with a good mouthpiece and Reed setup you know I can play this and you
know unless I played this one right after it you mean like yeah that sounds
pretty good this is something that just didn’t exist a while back a totally
legit student instrument for two hundred and seventy dollars and that includes a
playable mouthpiece Reed’s neck strap the cleaning supplies a case if you’re
looking for a saxophone to get started with and you’ve got a budget of around
three hundred dollars I can recommend you go on Amazon you pick up one of
these if you do decide to buy one of these saxophones please use the
affiliate links that I’ve put in the description below I get a small
commission if you use that link at no extra charge to you but then I can take
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100 thoughts on “Cheapest Sax on Amazon VS My Professional Alto Saxophone

  1. That pro saxo is more smoother than the ama saxo… I wish I can have a saxo😭 I like the pro saxo.. Ama saxo is clean but that saxo has its own sound… Can I have that ama saxo?😂 jk.. Wish me luck to get a saxo very soon❤ I love saxophone sooooo much!

  2. It's surprisingly good. Definitely inferior to the professional one, but not at all a bad deal, as far as I can tell. I would be curious about the durability though, but it looks solid enough

  3. Hello my new friend! I love your posts. I'm mechanical technician and I adore your comments about sax mechanical instruments. Also, I play sax, now a day Tenor, but I love to buy a soprano sax. I would like to have your review between yamaha and yanagisawa soprano saxs. Thank you for your posts, they are very inspired for me!

  4. Dang the frist time i seen this i did not notice how much he hated on Chinese horns i mean im not Chinese but wow

  5. The gloves are simply for handling before/after cleaning and what not to keep finger prints and hand oils which gather dust.. off the nice shine.. to keep it showroom/stand ready = ) now you know..

  6. I only listened to this video. When he was playing them against each other I didn't know when he switched from one to the other.

  7. I don't play any instrument but I listen to a lot of music but honestly they sounded to me to be remarkably similar. I think if it was a blind listen I couldn't tell any difference much less which one was which. That being said (and it might just be expectation) the more expensive sax did have a slightly warmer sound. These sort of comparisons always are super interesting though. Thanks!

  8. Gloves are for keeping fingerprints and oils off of the surface while handling so you don't have to wipe it down when you're done. Much like handing a firearm or other metallic object that requires preventative maintenance

  9. how about 'playability' – is this a factor in saxophone world? (i am a guitar player and especially with acoustic guitars, the cheap ones are a bitch to play on, even for an advanced player)

  10. I watched through thinkin, "Huh. Didn't know saxes were so bad in that range, but I'm glad there are good cheap ones now." And then, he got to "please use my link to buy this" and ruined the whole thing for me

  11. So here I am eating and yt recommends this video. I think to myself..I play an instrument (guitar) so why not check this out? Me a minute later: so that’s what a saxophone looks like up close…

    PS: The expensive one sounded slightly better but nowhere near $4230 better, that’s for sure.

  12. Me: I buy a $2,000+ sax
    Better Sax: Hey guys! I have this this $4,500 dollar sax!
    Me: O-O waitwaitwait…. go back.

  13. Obviously the more expensive one sound better but considering the cheaper one is not even a fourth of what the other one cost it’s fair to say it sounds alright played by someone who actually knows what he is doing like this guy

  14. Not sure how I got here thank you YouTube 😂 I can’t tell the difference tbh. I don’t play sax 🎷 though. Really interesting how some cheaper products can and often do, stand up to the high flying products

  15. The Amazon is good but I hear a different tone on your $4,500.00 Sax.
    For a student it's great and if it were to be stollen you wouldn't feel so bad.

  16. The expensive one has more depth to it. The cheap one sounded good until I heard the expensive one. When you went back to the cheap one it sounded thin. For the price it is fine though. $270 is not a bad price to see if you want to play the instrument.

  17. Other than the 4,500 sax having a throaty timbre and the 270 sounding a little thin there isn't a remarkable difference! Wow!

  18. Me: A person who would love to play all instruments. Currently guitar, a lil piano, and can keep a beat on drums.

    YouTube: Open your mind to musical magic!

  19. I used to play the sax…now I want one again. $4500 sax is definitely better sounding IMO. The cheap sax has a bit of crispness to it.

  20. The $270 is good to learn on but I would have preferred after going pro buying the $4500 one. Should have kept the one I had many years ago instead of selling it to someone who never fully paid me for it.

  21. I can’t tell a difference whatsoever. If you did a blind test and didn’t show which sax was being played, then comments section wouldn’t be as sure as it is here.

  22. The expensive one has more projection and it sounded warmer, and I always say the musician has a major role in how an instrument preforms.

  23. Mi comentario personal es que casi no es notoria la diferencia entre los sonidos de los saxofones; no quiero decir que el saxofón más caro no suene mejor sino más bien que el que está ejecutando el saxofón toca muy bien y hace sonar muy bien ambos saxofones. Para mi, es más importante las ejecución del instrumento siempre y cuando se tenga en mente que un mejor instrumento nos permitirá notas más definidas y menos desafinaciones. He escuchado en audifonos los sonidos y es lo que considero a mi parecer considerando que tambien tengo años tocando el saxofón

  24. This is the first YouTube product comparison video I have ever seen that is fair, practical, and somewhat mind blowing. Most of the product comparisons are asinine, impractical, and obnoxiously unfair.

  25. The cheap amazon saxophone sounds really brassy and less reedy, not good, since it's a reed based instrument. The lower register sound much better though. I prefer your professional sax, the entire range sounds beautiful, that and I love how the keys are set, too.

    The reason for the gloves, the Chinese are absolutely crazy about keeping their horns clean, the fingerprints are a no-no, especially if they're playing in marching bands.

  26. As someone who has barely ever been near a saxophone, I can give my unprofessional opinion that I could barely tell the difference.

  27. Le amazone à un son plus métalique et l'autre plus jazz les deux on un style différant comme les trompet ( metal ) et ( argent )

  28. Me: Just watching what happens if two blackholes collide on Universe Sandbox 2
    Recommended: Let's compare alto saxophones

    Still watched this through anyway.

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