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Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone Lacquer 

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Overview

  • Excellent tone production
  • Easy to play
  • Mechanically reliable
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $639.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $240.00
  • On Sale Today:
    - $150.00
  • Sale Price:
    $24999

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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!

Features

  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (13)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Quality craftsmanship (8)
  • Warm tone (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • School bands (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (11), Experienced (3)

    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

    Excellent deal

    By Nick1

    from Southern New Jersey

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • School Bands

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      Excellent beginning sax, very good value. Much better than renting.

      Comment on this review

       
      3.0

      May be good for beginner

      By CJ

      from Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Good Price

      Cons

      • Inconsistent
      • Not Good Quality Sound

      Best Uses

      • Beginner Student
      • School Bands

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      Straight out of the box? It needs tuned. It squealed and did not play as well as I expected it to. Should have had soothing, warm, rich tones. It did not have this. Had a Bundy before that sounded MUCH better out of the box. Overall, for the price, its ok for a beginner student, after some tuning. I should have bought an intermediate, I guess, for myself.

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      1.0

      Basic...

      By Julio Estevez

      from Quebec Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice sound
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Keys Are Very Delicate
      • Poor Quality
      • Requires Adjustment Often

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Church

      Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

      Buy this saxophone and when I received had several pearls that come in rolls in plastic sack keys, I found this very poor quality ...

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Saxophone

      By Learning the clarinet

      from Arkansas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

          I play guitar and drums and I wanted to learn sax also, so I bought this EAS-100 alto and I am well pleased with it. It has a good sound and tone. No problems with it and my sax instructor liked it also.

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          5.0

          I would buy it again.

          By Big Al.

          from Dorset Vt.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Blues And Jazz
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

          This sax is a novice to intermediate horn with a great sound.
          Team it up with a A 5 Rico Royal mouthpiece, and you'll have a nice blues warm sound. Musicians Friends always stands behind their products, you can't lose.
          Big Al.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My (not so) new baby!

          By Cheyenne Kline

          from Colorado

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

          • Pearl Inlays Fall Out

          Best Uses

            Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

            I've had this since August of 2013, and I've never had a single problem with it other than when I got it, a pearl inlay had come out, and one was missing. I wasn't picky though and played it till I decided to replace the missing piece. no questions asked, no nothing, they sent me a new one promptly.
            I also should say that the finish isn't too good in some places and erodes.
            Who am I to care what it looks like though? it sounds great, came with everything, the case is highly protective, and the instrument is a great addition to my large collection of insrtuments!

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            5.0

            Great saxophone

            By Dani N

            from Cumberland, MD

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Play
            • Fast Shipping

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • School Bands

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              Purchased for my 4th grade son. Beautiful instrument, great price, fast shipping. Rw commended to a friend who also made purchase. We are both fully satisfied.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good for Beginners

              By Shawsha

              from Southwestern Missouri

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Play
              • Low Priced
              • Nice Looking
              • Quality Craftsmanship
              • Rich Sound
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • School Bands

              Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              love it

              By raul

              from puerto rico

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                Great instrument for my 12 year old son. customer service is awsome!

                Comment on this review

                (18 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Looks nice, poor build

                By toast

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Cheap

                Cons

                • Inconsistent
                • Poor Quality
                • Requires Adjustment Often

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Etude EAS-100 Student Alto Saxophone:

                  I haven't played my horn in 20 years, but was pretty good in my time, played in one of the PSU jazz bands. My daughter is now 9 and has started playing. She usually sticks with whatever she starts, so I didn't want to spend much on a student horn when a mid-range or pro horn was only a year or two away. Found the Etude at a ridiculous price and all the ratings suggested it was good. The first time I played it I was quite happy with it, sounded a little funny but assumed that was just my lack of playing. After a litte time (and playing other horns) it has become clear that the ratings were made by people that are not musicians. It is not possible to play this horn in tune on all notes from top to bottom. Middle C and C# are so flat that moving the mouthpiece to put them in the ball park results in a middle D and top line G that are so sharp they cannot be pulled down with any amount of emboucher. Letting a developing ear learn on this thing will cause damage that will take a long time to fix.

                  Some of the tone holes are so sharp that they have begun cutting into the pads and causing leaks after two months. Corks are falling off. The octave key mechanism is so loose and its spring simultaneously so firm that it is both inconsistent and painful for small, weaker hands to use. The barrel of the neck is so large that most mouthpieces (specifically Meyer and Rousseau)will peel the cork off trying to get them on. I let my daughter play a 20 year old, rotten-padded, out of adjustment yamaha that is ugly as sin and she says it's so much better she won't use the Etude any more.

                  Look for a used Yamaha or Bundy. You'll pay more but there is no comparison in quality or tune.

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