What Is the Best Saxophone Brand

By Emily Martinez ; Updated September 15, 2017

When you've come to the decision to purchase a saxophone, there are several things to keep in mind, such as brand, which determines longevity and sound. There are good and very bad brands of saxophones, and if you're a beginner, it's helpful to determine which brand is best for you.


If you're a beginner, you need a saxophone that isn't too complicated and one that's easy to play. If you're an advanced player, you probably need a saxophone brand that is advertised as "professional" and/or "top quality." If you start playing an advanced-level saxophone as a beginner, you will have a very hard time producing good quality sounds out of the instrument, so make sure you start with a brand that is fit for beginners.


There are four common types of saxophones. The soprano saxophone is a B flat instrument that is curved or straight in shape. This type of saxophone is for the more advanced player. The alto saxophone is a medium-sized instrument, and is one of the more commonly played saxophones. It's an E flat, and is beginner-friendly. The tenor saxophone is a large instrument, and is also a B flat. One of its characteristics is a larger mouth piece, rods and holes. Its commonly played by jazz players, and is best for intermediate and professional players. The fourth type is a baritone that plays low A tone. This saxophone is not best for beginners because it's prone to damage due to its construction.


Selmer AS300

Each type of saxophone has different characteristics that a beginner to advanced player will enjoy. To determine which brand is best, you need to first determine what type of music you want to create. If you need a saxophone for a school band, a beginner one is probably best; if you want a saxophone for a professional band, you'd want a more professional instrument that has different advanced features. Remember that producing good sound from a saxophone is difficult for a beginner, so choosing to start with a soprano saxophone, for example, will make it very difficult for you to produce clear, clean sounds.

Selmer AS300

Lacquered Alto AS-641L

This saxophone is a basic beginner saxophone that is easy to play, and has an excellent reputation for being one of the best saxophones on the market. It has nickel-plated keys, rings and easy-to-reach palm keys. It's comparable to a Selmer Paris, but it is more beginner-friendly.

Lacquered Alto Model AS-641L

Intermediate Alto AS-100BG

The AS 641L is a semi pro-level saxophone with a high F tone, and has classic gold-lacquered finish and accurate intonation. This saxophone is known for its durability, and if taken proper care of, will last a long time.

Intermediate Alto AS-100BG

The Alto AS-100BG is considered an intermediate saxophone that is durable and stylish at the same time. It has nickel-plated gold keys, holds and a gold-lacquered finish. This saxophone is considered the best value in saxophones for intermediate players.

Expert Insight

There are many music stores that sell beginner through professional-level saxophones. Many music stores will even let you lease or rent-to-own your instrument so that you don't have to pay for it all at once. Use the links listed in the Resources section below to find a music store near you.

About the Author

Emily Martinez has been writing since 2007, specializing in the fields of special education, sales/marketing and nonprofit. She holds dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and human development, as well as dual associate's degrees in education and horticulture. Martinez has expert experience in avian care, Middle Eastern dance, costume design, machine embroidery, sewing and painting.