The 7 Best Student Saxophones

Updated June 14, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

7 Best Student Saxophones
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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. While it is very possible to spend many thousands of dollars on an instrument, it may be wiser to hold off until you are sure that you or your child will stick with it. These student saxophones are priced reasonably and designed to make it easier for beginners to learn on. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best student saxophone on Amazon.

7. Etude EAS-100

The Etude EAS-100 is a mechanically reliable instrument, which is important for beginners who can lose patience with their saxophone at the first malfunction. It is ready to play right out of the case and the keys respond well, but the mouthpiece is flimsy.
  • high quality bell brace
  • accurate adjustment
  • the case is not durable
Brand Etude
Model WWX-ET50LQ
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Selmer TS600L

The Selmer TS600L has a professional appearance that makes students proud to play it. It also plays a high F sharp key, which many beginner models struggle with, and features a rocking table key mechanism with an articulated C sharp adjusting screw.
  • d404 mouthpiece stays clean
  • full bodied sound
  • some keys move slowly
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Legacy AS750

The Legacy AS750 is a well-constructed saxophone that suffers no deterioration in sound or ease of play after several years of daily use. It is ideal for one's very first saxophone because it is an easy instrument to learn on and makes practice less intimidating.
  • shiny and clear finish
  • good spacing of keys
  • neck strap is uncomfortable
Brand Legacy
Model Legacy_AS750
Weight 12.7 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Jean Paul USA AS-400

The Jean Paul USA AS-400 will teach a student to take care of their instrument, with its included cork grease, swabs and cleaning cloth. The molded carrying case holds the saxophone securely and the instrument has adjustment screws on the upper and lower stack.
  • even key action
  • well rounded intonation
  • case can be worn like a backpack
Brand Jean Paul USA
Model AS-400
Weight 11.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Allora AATS-301

The Allora AATS-301 combines student-friendly features with professional level sound, so it can carry a player through many years of music. It features an adjustable thumb rest for added comfort, a tilting G sharp key and Bb table keys.
  • brass body and neck
  • includes ligature and cap
  • has leather pads
Brand Allora
Model Allora VCH-222LENMLC
Weight 10.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Mendini MAS-L+92D+PB

The Mendini MAS-L+92D+PB includes several helpful accessories to introduce a beginner saxophone player to the art, like a box of 10 reeds, string tuner and metronome. It's also recital ready with its gold lacquered body and faux mother of pearl keys.
  • comes with a one-year warranty
  • includes playing gloves
  • low price for a complete kit
Brand Mendini
Model MAS-L+92D+PB
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0


The YAMAHA YAS-280 weighs under six pounds and is ergonomically designed, making it ideal for the beginner still adjusting to holding the instrument. It has a sturdy neck receiver that promotes a quick response and rewarding playing experience.
  • improved b to c sharp connection
  • pads are well aligned
  • includes a durable canvas case
Brand Yamaha
Model YAS280
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 14, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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