The BetterSax Tenor is Here!

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Every saxophone I ever bought was really expensive. I just assumed they had to cost a lot in order to be any good. People told me that a cheap saxophone is garbage and I just believed that.

Quality AND Affordability

And then I got involved in producing my own design and I learned what is available out there and what is possible. My mission from day one with the BetterSax Classic Tenor was to create the best saxophone we could at an affordable price, and in order to do this, we didn’t have to cut any corners when it comes to quality and consistency.

In fact, we hold our instruments up to a very high standard and make sure everyone is getting a horn that plays amazingly right out of the case.

The number one thing we had to do was very simple. We had to accept less profit and pass that savings on to the customer.

The Wait Was Worth It

We launched the BetterSax alto in 2020 during the height of the pandemic and it was a huge hit from day one. Its popularity has just grown since. The number one question we got was “When is the tenor coming?”. Well, it’s here and I want to play it for you and give you an up close look.

It took a full three years to develop this, and we are so happy with the result. We had to dial in numerous details concerning ergonomics key placements, aesthetics, intonation, response, and quality control to make this tenor saxophone the absolute best value proposition available on the market.

An Entry Level Tenor with Pro Level Features

Just like the alto, we wanted this to be the go-to choice for anyone who doesn’t have an unlimited budget but still wants a high quality beautiful instrument capable of professional level performance. The BetterSax Classic Tenor has that gorgeous dark cognac lacquer that evokes a bit of a vintage vibe. The underslung octave key is just classy and sets it apart visually.

We use Italian made Pisoni leather pads with domed metal resonators, blue steel springs, and it has a high F sharp key. These are all features normally reserved for professional models and not found on most entry-level instruments.

Post to body construction makes for a lighter and less resistant playing horn, which is perfect for beginners but also preferred by many professional players. The bell is beautifully hand engraved and we use black felt because that looks the coolest.

We also include a fantastic lightweight, yet protective and versatile case. You have plenty of storage compartments, backpack straps, a shoulder strap, subway handle, and sturdy zippers. And as a bonus, it comes with our BetterSax Classic mouthpiece which I’m playing on throughout this video.

Now, don’t just take my word for it. We have had many professional players try this saxophone out to get their feedback and opinions, and across the board everyone has loved the BetterSax Classic Tenor.

The Classic Sound

The thing that strikes me most about this saxophone is the sound. Every time I play it I think – this horn has no business sounding that good at that price. Well it does, and we did it. We made a crazy good tenor saxophone that plays in tune with a beautiful sound.

It’s ergonomically comfortable, looks awesome, and costs significantly less than its nearest competitors. You can now get the BetterSax Classic Tenor in the US and internationally. I’ve included a link here where you can order and check the current price in your region.

My goal is to make playing the saxophone more accessible to more people and this horn brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.

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Randall Closson says:

Jay
I am starting to get a little miffed at Sax on the Web forum. When I sang the praises of the BetterSax alto and tenor, which I now proudly own both, I got comments like, “don’t waste your money on a cheap Chinese sax. Save up and get a Yamaha, Yani or whatever. Well I have played them all and non came close to the nearly perfect intonation of both of my horns. I test all my saxes on an electronic tuner and nothing else is as near perfect as these horns. The tone and build quality is icing on the cake!

My only criticism: Please stop calling them “entry level”. The surpass many pro horns in many ways.

Jay Metcalf says:

Randall, your comment is greatly appreciated especially since you own both the BetterSax alto and tenor. While I have a lot of respect for Yanagisawa, Yamaha and Selmer saxophones, not everyone wants to spend that kind of money for a new saxophone. It is important to me that there is a high quality alternative that is a lot more accessible financially. I am so glad to hear how much you enjoy both your BetterSax horns. Thank you!

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