Are vintage saxophones better?

Are vintage saxophones better?

FOR MOST PEOPLE, Modern saxes do have better intonation, evenness of scale, better response, better action, better ergonomics, more reliability than vintage. “The key to improvising is being able to play and listen at the same time.”

Do saxophones hold their value?

Because they don’t hold their value as well, you can get up to 75% off for a saxophone when buying used. Of course it may be a few years old, but if it’s taken care of, it will play like new!

How long do sax pads last?

For intervals between complete repads, a rule of thumb for a sax that is well cared for would be 12 to 20 years depending upon how often it is played. Springs, corks, felts, etc. do not tend to wear out if properly installed, but they do become loose and fall off over time and need to be replaced.

Do saxophones appreciate in value?

The thing that most of the horns that have appreciated over the years have in common is this: They were always well made and good playing horns but PRODUCTION ON THEM STOPPED. Most things that appreciate are limited in numbers: Beanie babies, real estate, Conn Conquerers.

What are old saxophones made of?

A metal woodwind? The saxophone has always been made of brass since it was first invented. Because of the principles by which it produces sound, however, it is classified as a woodwind, much like the clarinet and flute.

How much should I pay for a used saxophone?

If all factors that can influence how good a used saxophone is, are met, you should expect to pay between $4,000 and $11,000 for a used saxophone. That’s an approximate price range. It can of course be lower or higher depending on the type and level of sax you are looking for.

How do I know if my saxophone needs new pads?

If they have a rip or a hole then they need changing. Having mold on them is also another indicator– especially on the low Eb pad.

How often should you Repad a saxophone?

In general, you should never get a pad replacement unless you absolutely have to. It’s an expensive repair, and it is one which takes a lot of skill to do properly. In an ideal world where you take perfect care of your pads, you should basically never have to get them replaced.