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Methods for comparing saxophones without playing them.

1689 Views 7 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  windman53
I'm looking for a new step-up horn and I'm having a hard time deciding what to get. There are only a couple music stores in my area so the options are pretty limited in terms of actually getting to sit down and play before I make my choice. This leads me to my other question.

I've been considering several horns available online from wwbw and kessler music (both apparently have good reputations according to my research here on sotw.) Specifically, the antigua 3220 alto and the kessler custom standard model alto. What can I use to compare these two saxophones. Is one really better for me than the other? Or are they fairly simmilar and it just comes down to preference? I don't really know how to compare horns other than their price, and playing (which I can't guage online).
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Wwbw will ship both horns out to you to try and you can send the one you don't want back minus the shipping.
Does WWBW carry Kessler?
Yes, I was responding to Eric's comment.

Check the Sax vs Sax forum and raise the question there regarding those specific horns - there may already be a comparo.

For a given price point, I'd go with the shop that has a reputation of the better set up - in this case the nod would go to Kessler.

I'd also look at Viking (Rich Maraday was recently offering sales of the Vikings), MacSax, and Barone.
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