Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / testing saxes

lookinforasax
User ID: 0296604
Jul 16th 9:09 PM
what stores do you people out there recommend to play test a couple of Alto's (selmer, yamaha, yani, kell) in the NYC vacinity?? Im looking to decide between some of the major brands and cant really nail down a spot to travel too.

Brian
Art_Salt
User ID: 1390494
Jul 17th 9:15 AM
the NYC outlet of Woodwind & Brasswind on W. 23rd St. at 6th Ave. is terrific for trying out new saxes. They carry all the major brands and they have good rooms for testing the saxes. I was in there this weekend and I played a Bronze Yani tenor and alto. They also have the Selmer reference tenors and they have Guardala saxes, and as of this past weekend they had some Mark VI tenors. As a back-up, there's Sam Ash on 48th Street and 7th Ave. - they have a lot of new horns.
lookinforasax
User ID: 0296604
Jul 17th 6:43 PM
hoe about USA Horn...has anybudy tested saxes at their store in Oradell NJ?

Brian
Art_Salt
User ID: 1390494
Jul 18th 9:45 AM
I had a very negative experience at USA Horns when I drove out to their showroom...nonetheless, I would go back there. Woodwind and Brasswind is the still the best (and nicest) in my opinion.
lookinforasax
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Jul 18th 2:47 PM
could you describe?

brian
Giles
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Jul 18th 7:40 PM
I have had nothing but great experiences with USA Horn for both purchases and overhauls. I can highly recommend.
3Saxes
User ID: 6772333
Jul 18th 8:01 PM
I don't live in NY, but the WW&BW in South Bend is excellent, and you can play all day with no pressure from sales people to boot you out or force you to make a choice. Or, if you don't mind putting a deposit on your CC, you can have upto 3 horns sent to your home to try for 30-days. I am currently testing 2 Yanagisawa Sops in the comfort of my home, recording myself, etc. so I can really hear the difference if any between the S992 and S9930 and my B&G Keilwerth SX90II. So far, they are all just great horns although there is an adjustment needed on the S9930, as I have to cock the neck about 1/4 inch right of center to play properly in all octaves, and then the really sad part is the silver finish has a major blemish just below the Low C key on the bell. It will have to go back, but maybe they will give me a major discount for the blemish??

Anyway, my point was the WW&BW is a great place to try horns in either location. You might also try Sam Ash if he has the horns in stock that you want to play. I think they have a store on 42nd, but they have several locations as well.

Good Luck!
Ron
User ID: 7301983
Jul 19th 3:02 PM
Does this mean you prefer the 9930 to the 992??