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All the sound quality of a pro horn, but a quarter of the price! Exclusive to Sax.co.uk outside of the USA!

Jay Metcalf of Better Sax fame has partnered with Conn-Selmer, one of the World's leading wind and brass manufacturers, to bring us this incredible new alto sax - the Better Sax.  Unique in design, strong in build and sounding as classy as many top end saxes, yet extremely affordable at the same time.  

Description

One of our favourite brands here at Sax.co, the Conn-Selmer saxophones feature good design, excellent build quality and proven reliability across the range.  The Better Sax is no exception, featuring a bore construction that is similar to other top-end saxes and results in a mature, characterful and full-bodied sound.  Jay has chosen to go without a ribbed body construction, meaning the posts are soldered directly to the horn, resulting in a lighter and more immediately responsive sound.  The intonation is very good, the key ergonomics are comfortable and well designed, and this sax has a standout appearance – an underslung octave key design (similar to classic vintage Conns and Elite Yanagisawas) and finished with a beautiful cognac tinted lacquer.

Features

 Material: Brass

 Finish: Cognac tinted lacquer

 Key Touches: Simulated Mother of Pearl

 Neck: Better Sax underslung design!

 Engraving: Classic-style, vintage theme

 Case: Stylish rectangular case with back-pack straps

 Mouthpiece: Student plastic

 Made in: Conn Selmer factory, China.  Set up in Conn Selmer factory, Elkhart.

 9 Month Interest Free Finance Available on this Product

 Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

 Recommended for: Students, Intermediate players, or pros looking for a backup horn.

Review

When I first laid my fingers on the BetterSax alto, before I even knew the full story behind it, I figured that this was just going to be another 'student' sax.  But within a few seconds of playing on it I was totally blown away with how it sounded and figured I would have to re-adjust my barometer for what this was.  It was immediately obvious that the tone level was what we associate with a much higher-level instrument – rich and full of overtones – and it played IN TUNE and evenly through the range.  These are my three sound checks on any horn and passed them all!

Beyond this, everything felt great – classic key layout with no surprises, a good, low key action, which I personally liked as it allowed technical passages to fly through without additional effort, and just a generally very solid and well put together horn.

Added to this, it also looked great with its classy lacquer and underslung octave key.

In more recent weeks I managed to spend some time with Jay and get his thoughts on what he looks for in a sax and I was impressed with how much care and attention was paid to every detail of design and engineering.  He’d put his own personal BetterSax through its paces by practicing an hour a day for a year and he reported that the set-up had held extremely well with barely an adjustment needing to be made.  This filled me with confidence about the longevity of the brand, and I look forward to getting it out there in people’s hands.

Jim Cheek

Jay, I had a guy here at the factory who had your alto so I asked him if I could play it once he was finished testing mouthpieces. The horn plays and sounds really great. A big surprise. I A B’d it with my Silver Mark VI and I think I liked the tone of your horn better. Well done!

Jody Espina 

All of our instruments are fully checked and set-up by our experienced technicians. Regardless of size or price - all saxophones go through the same process.   

Here at Sax.co.uk we know that when you buy a sax, our pro set up is absolutley essential to ensure the instrument you're purchasing is playing to it's optimum peformance. 

In addition, all new saxophones purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE checkover to make sure your saxophone continues to perform its best. 

Our 12-Step Checkover:

• All transit packing and corks from the manufacturer are removed.
• Thorough visual check for any imperfections in the finish, includes unlacquered saxophones.
• All pads checked for quality.
• All pad seatings checked using leak lights and traditional feeler paper methods.
• Regulation checked and adjusted.
• All key corks and felts checked, adjusted to set vent heights.
• All spring tensions checked and adjusted to create an even feel across the instrument.
• Neck fitting checked.
• Crook cork checked for cork quality and provided mouthpiece fits.
• Thorough playtest from top to bottom, including alternate fingerings.
• Case inspected for quality, instrument fit and accessories.
• Instrument cleaned and carefully repacked.

Free Delivery on all orders over £75 to UK MAINLAND

Competitive international shipping rates & pay the final landed cost at checkout!

If you're based overseas and would like more information, please read our overseas guide located here

Delivery Schedule

Orders in stock and received before 2pm are normally shipped the same day. International orders are generally received in under 7 days.

Goods purchased online can be returned within 14 days upon delivery 

Goods purchased online from www.sax.co.uk can be returned within 14 days of receipt. This does not apply to products where hygiene is concerned and product seals have been broken (Reeds, mouthpieces etc). Goods purchased through our website cannot be returned to our retail store.