I am looking into getting a new Alto saxophone, but dont know what kind to get!!!

I have played the Alto saxophone for about 3+ years now and have done it on a Bundy II, probaly one of the worst saxophones you could possibly own. And i want to buy a new saxophone probaly in the under $2,000 USD range . I plan on playing the saxophone for many years to come so i dont want another piece of junk. My current sax is aweful and i cant even play down to a low Bb(have done so on others) and i even have had about 80% of the pads replaced! So what brands and types do you people recomend i invest in (want to play for many years). I dont plan on going professional so probaly just getting a intermediate one that will last for like ever. Please post links if possible!!!

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kebmoore7 years ago
This is a little late, perhaps, but others may have the same question you did. I have played saxophone for more than 25 years, and though I am not a professional, I still have an opinion. I have played all manner of saxophones, from soprano to baritone, and I currently have a soprano and alto of my own.
I played on a Bundy II through junior high and high school, and then decided I wanted a better horn. I had played a Yanagisawa bari in college, and loved it. When I found a special offer on a Yanagisawa 901 alto, I jumped on it. It is billed as an intermediate horn, just below the professional and specialty models. From the day I started playing it, I realized the irony of how instruments are created and marketed.
The Bundy and other “Student” or “Beginner” horns have the advantage of being (relatively) cheap, so a new player who isn’t sure they want to spend a lot for something they are just learning can afford to try it. Otherwise, they have little else to recommend them. The tone, intonation, and playability are marginal, and the beginning player may become frustrated by the limitations and quit playing.
An intermediate horn like mine is much easier to play. The tone is consistent throughout the whole range of the instrument. The intonation is good for every note. Notes all the way down to the B and B-flat seem to float out of the horn instead of requiring me to honk and huff to get them to speak.
If you want a better horn, an intermediate model by Yanagisawa, Selmer, Yamaha, or another quality name will work fine. The decision between makers comes down to cost (of course), availability, and personal preference. I chose the Yanagisawa because the tone was a little darker, without some of the brassier sound that the Yamaha had when I tried it. Mouthpiece and reed selection play a role in the sound also, so try out a potential horn with your preferred setup before making your choice.
§4rg38 years ago
i have been playing sax for about 5 years now and im not an expert but here is what i suggest. buy yamaha,vito,or selmer. they are by far the best brands out there with selmer being the absolute best. go to musiciansfriend.com they have high-quality saxes for just inside your price range and they know what they're doing. if you have any more saxophone-related questions feel free to ask me and ill do my best to answer.
BeanGolem8 years ago
I'm a brass player, so don't really know anything about saxophones, but I could probably get back to you with a good answer! Hold on a sec...
froggyman (author)  BeanGolem8 years ago
have you been able to ask yet?
froggyman (author) 8 years ago
thats alright do you maybe have friends who are woodwind players???