Beginner Saxophones…

3rd September 2011

To Rent or Buy?

Obtaining your first saxophone from Dawkes Music can be achieved in a simple and cost effective way. We offer various ways to get you your first saxophone, which we believe suits everyone.

As a woodwind and brass specialist shop, you will be guaranteed the best student model saxophones on the market, with the addition of ongoing workshop support from us to ensure the saxophone continues to play to its highest capabilities. Dawkes do not simply give you a saxophone out of the box; we add our personal touch to each instrument ensuring it is set up and easy to play suiting the players requirements.

All our saxophones go through our workshop where experienced woodwind repairers examine the saxophone ensuring the regulation and pads are seated correctly. This is necessary to ensure that there are no leaks, which could lead to the saxophone being difficult to play and preventing good sound quality. In addition, the springs can be altered so that if the player is young, the keys can be made lighter to press down. The repairers also ensure the mouthpiece correctly fits the cork, which prevents any accidental damage when putting the saxophone together.

Renting a saxophone

If your child is just starting lessons, you may want to consider renting a saxophone. This is a good option for young beginners who are just starting out for the first time. We provide, arguably, the best student model saxophone on the market, the Yamaha YAS 275.

The YAS 275 is a durable saxophone which is designed for ease of playing and tuning. It comes complete with a case and maintenance accessories. Each saxophone is provided with a care sheet to ensure you are provided with the knowledge to look after the instrument.

The price to rent an alto saxophone is £27.00. This is the most common saxophone that people start on due to its size and ease of playing. However we do rent tenor saxophones at £32.00, and for the smaller players you can rent a soprano saxophone for £28.00.

The minimum rental period if for 3 months, and there is no time limit on any rental. It includes free insurance and free maintenance.

The 7th rental payments onwards can be used at a later date to put towards the cost of a new instrument, meaning that whilst you continue renting with us, you are also saving for an instrument of you own should you wish to buy at a later date.

Buying a saxophone

Making a large purchase can be daunting, especially if you are not sure how things will turn out with you or your child’s music lessons. However, buying a saxophone with Dawkes makes this easier. All our new instruments come with a 2 year buy back guarantee which means you have the peace of mind knowing that if it doesn’t work out, you will get some of your money back. Within 6 months of purchase, we offer 90% of the original price back to you (less the VAT) Within 2 years, we offer 50% of the original price back to you (less the VAT).

So in actual fact, if you buy an instrument from us, and return it to us within 6 months, you’ll spend less money than using the rental scheme.

Lizzie – Woodwind Dept 03/09/2011