BEST Alto Saxophone for Under $500? - Jean Paul AS-400 Unbox Play-test & Review – Better Sax

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The Jean Paul AS-400 Alto Saxophone

Today’s saxophone review is all about you guys! It’s the Jean Paul AS-400 and I’ve heard so many good things about it. PLUS, it’s under $500. You really can’t beat it!

After I unboxed and play-tested this saxophone, I can fully recommend the Jean Paul AS-400. I honestly, consider this alto to be the Best Student Alto Sax Under $500. It is a really well set up horn, and I had very little mechanical problems, if any, with this saxophone.

Jean-Paul USA has been providing great customer service and have repair centers set up around the country to service their instruments. It comes with a good beginner mouthpiece, and all the other necessary accessories to get started. The case that comes with the AS-400 is excellent and helps make this a fantastic value.

If you’re just starting out or just want something affordable, this is a great saxophone for you to purchase. If you have this saxophone, let me know how it’s been going in the comments below! Would love to hear about YOUR experience with the AS-400.

The BetterSax Alto Saxophone

Now if your budget can stretch to $150 more, we are now happy to also recommend the BetterSax Alto Saxophone. I have recently developed this instrument to fill a gap in the market for a high quality, reliable and desirable entry-level saxophone at the affordable price of $649.

My vision for this saxophone is to change the way we think of an entry level instrument. I want people to be able to buy this horn and not have to think they are going to need a step up instrument a few years later. If your budget is around $650 this can be your one and only main instrument no matter what level player you are. This truly is a fantastic horn and I’m excited to finally get it into your hands!

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4 thoughts on “BEST Alto Saxophone for Under $500? – Jean Paul AS-400 Unbox Play-test & Review”

  1. Jay, I just recently purchased the AS-400 and I can attest to their great customer service. I actually decided to buy the AS-400 after reading someone else’s review on the 10 best student saxophones. I was experiencing a little buyer’s remorse until, two hours after I purchased it on Amazon, I read your review and it made be feel so much better. The box was damaged during delivery and after checking out the sax, I noticed that the screw on the neck’s octave key was not seated properly causing the mechanism to rattle. There were also performance issues for the low notes. I contacted their customer service and in less than a week they delivered a new neck. They also provided me with a number for their tech guy who was available on Saturday to make sure there were no issues with connecting the new neck. It’s a great saxophone for a beginner like me and they were a great company to deal with.

  2. Hi Jay, my grandson wants to learn to play the sax (bless his little heart.) I will buy him the horn. Please give me your thoughts re YAS-26 vs Jean Paul 400 (I think- entry level) vs the Better Sax alto. Thanks!

  3. Steven johnson

    I bought this Jean Paul AS 400. First sax I ever bought. The Jean Paul company is great. You call and they will do the right thing. I travel
    With this saxophone. Some days I bring the horn with me in the car. . Some one tells me come back in an hour. I have time to play. No problem ever. The case has held up like a champ. I. Was in Mexico at a jazz festival. The saxophone player who was the featured act had problems with his saxophone. He asked if he could use my horn. I let him use it. he’s an experienced jazz horn player he looked, Jean Paul? Ok never heard of it. He played it the first night and every night until the festival was over. Man this horn is smoking. Powerful projection. Even today when I see him he tells me Jean Paul that’s a smoking horn. I recommend anyone to buy this horn. It’s strong, loud and never disappointing .

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