Saxophones are musical instruments belonging to the woodwind category. They are one of the latest musical instruments to be invented, having come into existence in the 1840s. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian. It was originally used in the military, though it is now a popular jazz instrument. It is generally used in big bands, marching bands and concerts. Saxophones are mostly associated with jazz because they are used mostly to play jazz music. However, they are also used for classical music. These are the four most common kinds of saxophones: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones.
Saxophones are very expensive, with prices starting from around $1000. Hence, buying a saxophone is a big decision. But there are used or second-hand saxophones available in the market as a cheaper alternative. However, it takes a lot of research to find a first-rate used saxophone, in a reasonably good condition, for a good price.
There are advantages as well as disadvantages to buying a used saxophone. The advantages are: it can be very cost-effective, given the quality; used saxophones are made of better materials than new ones and generally have good craftsmanship; some even have engravings and other frills on them that are generally not found on new saxophones; old and used saxophones are also usually metal-plated instead of being lacquered like new ones; used saxophones are also easy to find, as most music stores stock them; some vintage saxophones may prove to be very valuable.
The disadvantages of buying a used saxophone are: it can be difficult to find one in good working condition; most used saxophones tend to suffer from years of neglect; another major problem is that many used saxophones, especially those in working condition, turn out to be stolen.
There are a few things to be considered while going for a used saxophone: check the condition of the keys and ensure that they are not leaking or noisy. Also, check for any visible dents or scratches. The pads and the cork should be in good working condition. It is better to have a professional have a look at it before buying.
The retailer at the local music store would be able to provide advice about used saxophones. The Internet is not a very dependable source of information when it comes to used saxophones, since you will have to rely only on glossy pictures rather than the actual product. A reliable retailer is the best option.