Hi Cali, I think you ae putting the cart in front of the horse !! first you need lessonsor you'll be going around in circles
Well, I have to start somewhere... The basic requirement for lessons is a sax. I decided to take the gamble with a cheap Chinese one, because renting is not that attractive to me...
We'll see... I can't imagine that the horn is so bad that it won't play at all (after all, it does have 3 year warranty). It may be out of tune and it may leak, and it may fall apart in 6 months... but that doesn't matter, yet. First I'll have to learn to get some sound out of it. For that I only need the horn to be able to play one or two notes. Doesn't even have to be in tune. I'll probably be more out of tune than the horn for the first few months
Making music is the next step, once I'm there, I may need another horn. But then I should be able to know what I should look for.
third, you nor an ecxpert can 'assume' what mouthpiece you need, only your embouchoure can dictate that
Currently I don't have any kind of embouchure at all. You have to start *somewhere*, and I was advised to get a good mouthpiece for a cheap horn, because it would improve intonation, tone and ease of playing.
The Yamaha 4C was recommended for beginners. It should be a good 'generic' mouthpiece, easy to get started on. Then when I have any kind of embouchure worth mentioning, I may upgrade to a specific mouthpiece.
But I can probably play on the Yamaha for a few years before it's worth upgrading.
so get a working horn (You'll need help)
We'll see... I at least have a working mouthpiece now. The horn should arrive today if all is well. I'll just spend some time trying to get some sound out of it, get accustomed with the thing (I ordered a book, so with a bit of luck I can figure the basics out by myself). I like to know where I stand first. Then I'll get some lessons.
Then we'll see how good the horn is.
Perhaps it's pretty okay, and I can use it for a year or two, with some minor adjustments...
Perhaps it's crap... well then I'll just look for a Jupiter or something, but I'll be able to go to a store and blow some notes on it. And I already have the rest of the stuff... mouthpiece, bag, stand, reeds, strap etc.
I just think that this horn is so cheap that I'll actually save money by buying this horn first, rather than renting or buying a study sax from a wellknown brand... When I rent and don't buy the horn, I lose at least 200e in the process... If I do buy it, it will be the same wellknown study sax, else it'd be too expensive for me (you have to buy within 6 months, or lose money).
In which case I'd have to upgrade to a semi-pro model aswell, and lose more than 200e on resale value on the sax.
So basically I've assumed that the horn is discardable from the start. Any usefulness of the horn in 6 months time is pure profit for me. But I planned to have this horn and keep it, it'd be a good horn to practice some modifications/repairs on. And it can serve as decoration aswell