Buffet 400 Series Alto Saxophone - Gold Lacquer

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A higher grade first or step up saxophone to help you on your way.

The Buffet 400 Series has been one of the teachers favourites for decades and will provide years of excellent performance for the beginning & advancing saxophonist.

The 400 Series saxophones are beautifully hand-engraved and built to a high quality by Buffet, one of Europe's leading woodwind makers. With keys up to high F# and even response across the registers, the 400 Series has good intonation and tonal qualities for jazz or classical performance.

The specification includes:

• Hand engraving on key cups, bell, bow, body and neck

• Pisoni pads with metal resonators

• Double arms on low C, B, Bb keys for better feel and stability in low register

• Reinforced spatula bracing

• Ribbed construction

• Deluxe backpack style case


Material: Brass

Finish: Gold lacquer

Key Touches: Mother of Pearl

Neck: Buffet

Engraving: Bell, bow, body, neck & key cups hand engraved

Case: Buffet deluxe back-pack style case

Mouthpiece: Buffet plastic

Made in: China

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Recommended for: Students


For decades, every time a new student walked through our doors, they would have a list of two or three saxes recommended by their teacher and Buffet was always one of them. This latest incarnation lives up to that reputation, even though the price has increased significantly which may rule it out for some beginners. The good news is that the quality and specification have also increased so now this a sax that many would consider an intermediate or "step up" model that many experienced players would be happy with. Phill (Sax.co.uk)

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    "Buffet 400 Alto Gold Lacquer"
    Ive been playing sax for about 30 yrs. I learned on a Buffet so Im familiar with the brand. I own a Keilwerth EX90 III and a Ryton 875 EX and practice at least 5 hrs a week. I read a lot of good things about this horn and chose it over the Cannonball Big Bell and P. Mauriat 67 Alto. When it arrived I looked it over and was impressed with the engraving which adds character that I appreciate to a horn. CONS first: The mpc has ~.061 tip opening and is VERY conservative in quality. Dont drop it unless there is a trash can beneath it (my opinion), it played okay top to bottom with a Fibracell 2.5 which is on the soft side. The neck strap is nicely engraved but has a questionable plastic hook easily bent with a finger. I dont trust it and dont use it. The case is nice but the zippers unlike any of my other zippered cases are kind of snaggy suggesting they will fail in short time with regular use. Now the good stuff. I had to address some very sticky upper pads which responded well to a wipe with lighter fluid. I normally practice with an ESM Classic 4* mpc and #3 reed. When I played the 400 with the ESM mpc the horn came to life! There is no comparison to the stock mpc. The ESM lit up the room the way light disperses darkness. Behind the ESM it packs a punchy, bright, focused tone with good sound volume. The low notes are effortless on this horn and the action smooth and quiet, not to mention the horn was free blowing. The construction is well done and the horn itself a work of art that is a joy for me to play. I really like the sound and feel of this Alto. If youve ever heard a horn described as a tank, this is one of them. It weighs in at a full pound heavier than my other two horns at 6.5 lbs on a bathroom scale. Before purchasing the 400, I play tested the Cannonball Big Bell, the P. Mauriat 67 and the Yamaha 875 EX II. I have no regrets with the purchase of the 400 and am so happy with it I may buy a second for safe keeping as a backup. Do yourself a favor and order a better mpc and safer neck strap with this horn if you dont already have one, then prepare to be wowed.
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