Do you know anything about the E.F. Durand saxophone?
You mean like "When E.F. Durand talks, people listen?"
Never heard of it, so I Googled it. Appears to be a cheap Chinese horn. Not sure what their "French engineered" slogan is all about.
Best bet is to do some more Googling and see if you can find anyone who has owned one who can comment on it. But based on its low price, and the fact I had never heard of it, I could not offhand recommend it for a student OR a pro player.
My Daughter got a E.F. Durand sax for Christmas 2010. A silver with gold keys tenor sax. She is a freshman in high school. This is her third year playing the tenor sax with three years clarinet before that and currently.
Very nice finish, great sound, plays easily (For a sax). Lot's of compliments, even from the music stores and repair people. Had it checked out before a solo competition back in Jan. 2011. Replaced the mouthpiece with a Rico Graftonite in January. The original unmarked mouthpiece sounded good, but attempting to find a problem led to the replacement. That problem turned out to be the lever on the neck became bent slightly so that key was leaking. A slight adjustment after figuring it out and all was well again. So here we are after 5 months (May 31, 2011) and the sax still looks and sounds great.
The only problems so far were the bent lever and a torn mouthpiece cork.
In my amateur opinion, for the money I think it is a great instrument. Only time will tell as to its durability, but so far its off to a great start. Will stop by with periodic updates as to durability.
Hope this helps.
I recently purchased a sop sax [E F Durand] from USA Music supply.
I have been playing sax for nearly 40yrs and own a Selmer Paris mk vii and an Amati Classic Alto. This is my first "el cheapo" asian horn but wanted a sop just to fool around with and didnt want to drop 3-5k for a real one. I was very suprised at the build of the horn--it plays great was adjusted and set up before i received it, I am amazed. The only thing I did differently was replace the super cheap plastic mouthpiece with a metalite M7 from RICO. I even had a local shop look over it and they were impressed.
Perhaps I got lucky--who knows but I am quite happy with it.
Do you still have the soprano saxophone? How is the quality of tone and how is the finish holding up? Any problems?
I've had an alto for about three years and plays as well as it did the day I got it. For the price, it's pretty good quality.