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Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer

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Made out of fine metals for superior tone production, the Etude EAS-100 is the perfect instrument for starting out on the alto saxophone. The keywork, pads, and adjustment all work together to make to... Click To Read More About This Product

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Made out of fine metals for superior tone production, the Etude EAS-100 is the perfect instrument for starting out on the alto saxophone. The keywork, pads, and adjustment all work together to make tone production easier, more consistent, and stronger. And the bell brace and construction help make it as durable as possible. Includes case, mouthpiece, cap, and ligature.

It may be tempting to buy a "better" horn used, but saxophones are mechanically complex, and if the horn is not well regulated and set up properly, it will be extremely difficult for a student to play. It is perhaps advisable then for a new student to get an Etude EAS-100, brand new, set up perfectly, and ready to play right out of the case. It will be shiny and beautiful, and your young saxophonist will jump up and down and squeal when he or she sees it. Pride of ownership inspires practice, and practice leads to success.

Etude believes believe that price should not be a barrier to experiencing the growth and joy that comes from making music. That's why Etude offers you five of the most popular woodwind and brass instruments at an incredible price: flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. And no matter which you choose, you get a great design and outstanding construction that will give you years of musical enjoyment. See for yourself!

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  • Excellent tone production
  • Easy to play
  • Mechanically reliable
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EtudeEAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone
 
4.1

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (26)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Quality craftsmanship (18)
  • Consistent (17)
  • Warm tone (16)

Cons

  • Poor quality (6)
  • Requires adjustment often (5)
  • Inconsistent (4)
  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • School bands (26)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (18), Experienced (10), Professional musician (6), Child (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good for Beginners

I bought this for my daughter, who just started her first year of middle school band. After renting a Jupiter alto sax for fifty a month from the company reps that the school had...Read complete review

I bought this for my daughter, who just started her first year of middle school band. After renting a Jupiter alto sax for fifty a month from the company reps that the school had invited, I immediately decided that six hundred a year was too much to pay and went ahead and bought this Etude with accessories for half that price (not to mention that we'd own it). I was a bit worried that buying the cheapest sax available might be a waste of money, but on the other hand, my daughter may not stick with band long enough to make a $1300 sax worth it.
It arrived within 2 days, and we were impressed with the quality of the case but also the light weight (good for my daughter, who only weighs 65 lbs!). The sax is very pretty and has some light etched decorations on it.
She had been struggling with producing enough force and air to hold a consistent note with the Jupiter, but this one she picked up and was able to play several notes easily with one breath. It seems 10x easier to play. I (never having played a sax before), was able to produce a smooth sound and play some barely acceptable form of a scale.
The only complaint is that the pieces fit very snugly together, which makes it difficult for my daughter to get apart. I'm sure this is something that is an easy fix.
Hopefully this sax will hold up at least for a few years until I know she is going to stick with it and can justify buying a more expensive one. If not, it seems that I still saved three hundred during the first year of band just by purchasing this one instead of renting the Jupiter.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as reviewed

We have had our's for a little more than two years and in that short time it has become, as my daughter says, "a piece of junk."

My...Read complete review

We have had our's for a little more than two years and in that short time it has become, as my daughter says, "a piece of junk."

My daughter so badly wanted to join band and, of course, chose the most expensive instrument. We talked to a couple of area music stores on band night, but we just could not afford the price they offered. We were considering a used instrument when my wife found the Etude alto sax.

The saxophone looked and played great straight out of the box. I really thought we had found the best deal and even told some of my friends that they had been snookered by paying the regular price at the music store. Then, two months after we got the saxophone, one of the metal pieces that cover the keys fell off.

The band director said he could not fix it and gave me the names of area instrument repair places.
Both of the local music stores where I took the saxophone said they would not fix it because they could not locate repair parts for the horn. I finally took it to a local independent repair guy. He got it fixed but warned me that saxophone might have a short life span.

Two months later, some of the plastic pieces on the keys started to fall off and my daughter complained that it was hard to play. I took it back to the repair guy and had to wait about a week. About two more months went by and my daughter said it was playing funny again. I questioned the repairman about this and he said that some of the keys on the saxophone had bent just enough that it was leaking. Another repair bill...

Our second year started out fine. Then my daughter took it outside so the junior high could practice with the high school marching band. Somehow, the saxophone came off the strap and fell. It would not play at all. My daughter came home in tears. The next day I took it to our repair guy and he said the "octave" key at the top of the saxophone and the neck had both been bent pretty good and that many of the keys had been knocked out of position. He fixed the keys and the neck...

The saxophone came back and played fine for about two days and then blah. I took it back and the repair guy agreed to fix it for free. This time, it played fine for almost a week. I was getting pretty frustrated and told the repair guy that we shouldn't have to bring it in so much. He was nice, but said we should get a better horn. So, I took the saxophone to a different repair shop about 40 minutes away. About a week later, my daughter brought the sax home, again in tears. It would not play and her band director was getting grumpy about it being gone so much.

I took it to a third place almost an hour away. They gave my daughter a different saxophone to play while her's was being fixed. The "loaner" saxophone -- a "Bundy," I think -- was definitely a lot older and not very pretty. But my daughter loved it. She said it was much easier to play. When the shop called to say her horn was finished, she did not want to give the loaner back.

Last week, the band director called to say that the horn was not working again and that my daughter was close to getting a zero in the class. It turns out the sax had been broken for several weeks and my daughter did not want to tell me. When I took it to the repair place, I noticed the gold finish on the sax was coming off. The repair guy said he would have to send the horn out to have the finish repaired and that it would be too expensive. He also got out a "Yamaha" and "Cannonball" and had me pull on the keys. Then I pulled on the keys on the Etude; they bent right away. He said that was why the saxophone was always needing repair.

I have now paid well more than the cost of the Etude in repairs. I thought about trading it in for a nicer saxophone, since my daughter used to love band, but both music stores say the Etude has no value and they do not want it. Now my daughter wants to quit playing.

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5.0

Fast shipping, nice product and will do business again A+++

By Vu

from Stockbridge, Ga

About Me Child

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      First time learn, love it

       
      4.0

      Good deal

      By Josh

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      Amazed so far. For a student learning this is a great choice.
      Reed was cracked though but no biggie.
      Sax looks and sounds just fine now.

       
      1.0

      dont buy it

      By karen

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      the pads that cover the holes don't cover completely and so it squeaks .this is the second one we had so I assume there just made poorly.you get what you pay for and this was a cheap one

       
      1.0

      I would never buy this instrument again

      By Justina Necola

      from Brea, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Quality
        • Requires Adjustment Often

        Best Uses

        • School Bands

        Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

        It's a really bad instrument , there ia always a problem with it. I bought one and it had a broken key. I returned it and bought a new one the octave key was broken . I never thought that buying a cheap instrument will be that bad !

         
        5.0

        Buy this product again

        By Cesar

        from México

        About Me Child

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Quality Craftsmanship

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • School Bands

          Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

          Excellent instrument

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great item

          By Mil

          from Fort Worth Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School Bands
            • Symphonies

            Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

            Consulting bands

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Put your money into a rental instead

            By arracado

            from Medford, OR

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Inconsistent
              • Poor Quality
              • Requires Adjustment Often

              Best Uses

              • School Bands

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              We bought this for our son when he joined 6th grade band, thinking it would be better to own than rent. Almost from the start we had trouble...unplayable notes, the inability to have adjustments made due to the soft (cheap) metal used for its construction. The handle of the case broke early on, but MF was nice enough to get us a replacement. Our son got by through 6th grade and had been using it for about half of his 7th grade season, when a couple of weeks ago, right before the parade he was marching in, the instrument actually fell apart. The bell separated from the body and several keys simple fell off.
              Having no alternative but to acquire a rental, we realized how foolish we'd been to spend the money on this piece of garbage. For less than 50 a month he has an instrument that is of far superior quality that he truly enjoys playing, and we enjoy listening to.
              If your child is just starting out, start with a rental. This will allow you time to see if playing the instrument really resonates with your child. If it does, great! You can now bypass the cheap stuff like this junk heap and invest in their future with a higher-quality instrument. If your child doesn't take to the instrument, you're not out hundreds and left with a worthless instrument like this.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Would have purchased a different one

              By Jen

              from Ct

              About Me Novice

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • School Bands

                Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                Have had it in for repairs twice in 6 mon

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy again

                By Kohl the bowl

                from Dayton Ohio

                About Me Child

                Pros

                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Requires Adjustment Often

                Best Uses

                • Jazz Clubs

                Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                Amazing the quality is awesome I feel like Kenny G.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for beginner and intermediate students

                By Reina

                from Long Beach CA

                Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                sounds great, durable and economical.

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