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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...Read More

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Value on a limited budget.

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

Order now and give your music student every chance to excel.

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EtudeEAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone
 
4.2

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (22)
  • Good audio (18)
  • Quality craftsmanship (17)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Warm tone (16)

Cons

  • Inconsistent (4)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Requires adjustment often (3)

Best Uses

  • School bands (22)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (17), Experienced (8), Professional musician (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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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."

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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

i would purchase this item again

By Barronha

from Pine Bluff, AR

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • it is used for my childs beginning band
    • School Bands

    Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

    my child is using it as a beginning band instrument.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Put your money into a rental instead

    By arracado

    from Medford, OR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Returned because of several valve issues.

      By Disappointed Parent

      from South Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • School Bands

        Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

        I bought this saxophone for my son for his band experience. When we received it, we brought it to our local music store to set up lessons. They looked at the saxophone and said if there were not so many valve issues they would have fixed it. We ended up sending it back.

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        5.0

        "Pleased as punch"

        By Tooter

        from Tracy, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Quality Craftsmanship

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • School Bands

          Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

          This is the only sax I've played. Seems pretty amazing especially for the price! It clearly has a lot of potential and will suit me for a long time to come. Has a excellent case.
          It would have been nice if it came with a cleaning kit which I bought separately.

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          2.0

          I probably would not buy this again.

          By Humbrdluv

          from New York State

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Inconsistent

            Best Uses

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              This was for my granddaughter who was using a loaner from school. She picked up very quickly and plays beautifully. However, not on this sax. It squeaks almost constantly and she gets frustrated thinking it's her, but it's the instrument. Trying to find someone who can check it out and determine what the issue is, and haven't been able to yet. Only received it on Christmas Eve day.

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              2.0

              Very uncomfortable

              By Macster

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              This sax has a clear sound, but it is very uncomfortable to play for my 12 year old kid. - The octave thumb key is way up making it very hard for him to press it wihout hitting the high D & Eb keys. The Low Bb key is way too separated for him to reach. This sax is NOT made for kids at all. You need adult size hands to play this comfortably.

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              2.0

              out of tune

              By Macster

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              This sax is pretty sharp specially the low Bb, so when playing an octave the middle range is ok, but once you to lower range is very, very bad....it is very sharp... I am returning it for another one.. hopefully is just a manufacturing issue and the other is OK.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quality on a budget

              By Shurley O'Merley

              from Yucca Valley CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                I recently purchased this alto sax to broaden my musical endeavors. I am a guitarist with 20+ years under my belt. I always wanted to play sax but never thought I had what it takes to play a wind/reed instrument. I decided to purchase one anyway and to my surprise it is easier to play than I thought. My band mates who actually play sax said it is a well constructed sax that is well worth the price. I am very pleased with this purchase and recommend this for anyone who aspires to play alto or an experienced player who wants an inexpensive quality back up.

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                5.0

                Awesome starter Saxophone

                By Kay

                from Michigan

                About Me Child

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • School Bands

                  Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                  Great purchase!

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent Beginning Sax

                  By LarryB

                  from Des Moines, IA.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • School Bands

                    Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                    This sax was for my granddaughter who is a beginner sax student. I was very pleased with the quality and playability if the instrument. Very affordable.

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