Making the step up from a student model tenor saxophone to an intermediate or professional level instrument is an important moment for every sax player. It can be hard to know when to upgrade, but there are many clear signs that it might be the right time to take the leap.
Here are 4 common ways to know when to upgrade your tenor sax:
Your current tenor sax doesn't sound the way you'd like it to
More opportunities to perform as a saxophone player are coming your way
Your teacher suggested it's time
You see yourself playing the tenor saxophone for a long time
Learn more about why each of these signs might mean an upgrade is in the near future:
1. Your current tenor saxophone doesn't sound the way you'd like it to: Student model instruments are built to prioritize durability, not tone. Higher quality saxes can offer unique tonal quality, response, projection, and looks. The materials tenor saxophones are made from, engraving, finish, keywork, and the craftsmanship of each individual instrument affect all of these factors and are best seen heard through a playtest. Schedule an instrument demo session today at IMC!
2. More opportunities to perform as a saxophone player are coming your way: Performing in concert, marching, jazz, and local bands or as a soloist can put new demands on your tenor sax. Whether you need more projection, a specific tone, or a more consistent and reliable sound, upgrading your instrument can help meet those demands.
3. Your teacher suggested it's time: Whether you're taking private saxophone lessons or are studying in school, your teacher is an expert. If they've noticed that you have the potential to go far as a sax player, and think you're capable of getting the most out of a higher quality saxophone they may have suggested an upgrade.
4. You see yourself playing the tenor saxophone for a long time: Student level instruments are valuable teaching tools, but they may not meet your long term needs as a sax player. Investing in a higher quality instrument can be a once in a lifetime purchase that will set you up for success and last the length of your musical career.
These aren't the only signs it might be time to upgrade. You may simply just want a new tenor saxophone. And we fully support that.
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