I BOUGHT A JEAN BAPTISTE ALTO STUDENT SAXOPHONE FOR $417.00. COULD SOMEONE TELL ME IF I PAID TOO MUCH MONEY FOR IT AND IF THAT WAS A GOOD CHOICE. MY STEPSON, A FRIEND AND I ARE IN A BAND AND I WANT TO KNOW IF I SHOULD STAY WITH THE JEAN BAPTISTE OR TRY TO GET ANOTHER BRAND. I HOPE SOME CAN HELP ME.
Good question! There isn't a simple answer to this question, but let me give you the info.
If you purchased this saxophone brand new and it's a model JB185AL, then you got a good saxophone.
Jean Baptiste is a trademark company owned and sold new exclusively at Sam Ash Music stores. Earlier models of these saxophone were manufactured at a different location than where they are now, and were made with less than adaquate quality material. I believe the model 180AL was the last line of their less quality horns which they sold closeout at $350
The new Jean Baptiste Alto saxophones Model 185 and 485 are both manufactured from a Taiwan Manufacturing plant which sends out the EXACT same instrument to Selmer which is Selmers Aristocrat Model SAS-600. They are IDENTICAL! You will pay over $850 for a new selmer, but $450 for the same instrument with the Jean Baptiste Label.
So based on what I've told you, you can make the decision. I hope you didn't purchase it "used"
THANK YOU FOR WRITING. I WROTE WHAT YOU WROTE AND WHEN I GET HOME I WILL CHECK THE MODEL NO. I BOUGHT MY JEAN BAPTISTE ALTO STUDENT SAX ABOUT 8 MONTHS AGO BRAND NEW FROM SAM ASH FOR $417.00. THEY WANTED $430.00 FOR IT. THEY DROPPED THE PRICE. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE INFORMATION.
Hi. I just purchased one with a gun fininish (meaning black w/ silver buttons) I paid $799. Is that to much
No. I got mine for 9 hundred but that had included extras. you did good.
Hi. I have 3 so called student alto sax s A semer a300 old buecher. And the jean baptiste with engraving on bell and lower pad keys high f#. It plays better than on old mark 6 that I tryed. I think you will enjoy this horn they are trouble free with a little care last for a long time. Ken
Ken, if you played an old Mark 6 and a Jean Baptiste side by side and preferred the Jean Baptiste, I suspect that the Mark 6 needed some serious attention to put in proper playing condition... OR..... it was a Mark 6 dog..... In the 1954 through 1975 years when the Mark 6 was in production, the manufacturing process wasn't like it is today. Most Mark sixes are really good horns, outstanding. A few are exceptional. And a few are disappointing.
My sax tech ran into one of the disappointing ones. The owner thought he'd really gotten something when he bought it, but he kept taking it to one tech after another and nobody could make the horn sound better than a Selmer Bundy.