Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone

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Complete Step-Up Alto Sax outfit with padded case and mouthpiece!

Jean Baptiste's 686AL is a remarkably sturdy yet gracefully playing student Alto Sax. The 686AL features a new neck design for improved intonation, redesigned key support arms and height adjustment screws, and it is outfitted with leather pads and metal resonators giving this horn a full sound with great projection. Also, an improved low C response affords the player that extra kick in the low end.

Designed with the growing student in mind, an adjustable metal thumb rest allows this horn to grow with the player and remain in an ergonomically correct position for comfort and technique. The high F# key gives this horn the full range that many student instruments lack, while stainless steel springs provide quick responsive action for reliable articulation.

Outfit includes a deluxe lightweight, hard foam case, a neck strap, and a mouthpiece, providing everything a player needs to start practicing right away.

Get your Jean Baptiste 686AL Alto Saxophone today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy!

Things You Will Get:

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Moutpiece
  • Case
  • Strap
  • Swab
Other Features Key of Eb
Leather pads
Metal resonators
Deluxe Engraving
Model JB686AL

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4.4

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4.0

Decent sax under $1000

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from Buffalo Grove, IL

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • High F

Cons

  • Name Recognition

Best Uses

  • Gigging

Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

Priced less than the YAS26 and has better tone!

Complaints about intonation are due to improper mouthpiece. The horn plays in tune! It's a great instrument to gig with and goes to F#.

This has been a hands on review by Topher Browne @ Sam Ash Music Buffalo Grove

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5.0

Sexy

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from Buffalo Grove, IL

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • High F

Cons

  • Name Recognition

Best Uses

  • Gigging

Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

It's the same as the 686 lacquer but sexier!

Good horn AFTER A COMPLETE SETUP!

This has been a hands on review from Topher Browne @ Sam Ash Music Buffalo Grove

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5.0

JB 686AL Alto Sax

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from Westminster, CA

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Focused Tone
  • Improved Intonation
  • Responds Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Beginners
    • Intermediate players
    • Students

    Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

    This is a great, affordable alto sax for the advancing student. The whole line of Jean Baptiste altos have a good sound for the price, and this is no exception. It offers improved intonation when compared the introductory alto and this, along with the improvement in tone and playability, should make it the go to sax when compared with the YAS or Selmer student altos.

    This is a real hands on product review from Sean @ Sam Ash Westminster.

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    5.0

    Great Sax!

    By 

    from sam ash nyc

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • fun
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Live
      • Studio

      Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

      Great sax for the price! Great sound and tone. I would recommend to a friend.

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      4.0

      Easy playing alto sax

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      from Lombard, IL

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practice
        • School Band

        Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

        This is a great value for any student saxophone player. Its' improved neck provides better intonation and tone than previous models. The playability is great and easy for new and seasoned players alike. Get this horn before they're gone at a great price!

        This is a real hands on review from Max @ Sam Ash Lombard

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        4.0

        Great Intermediate Option

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        from Edison, NJ

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              Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

              This horn would be ideal for the advancing student, intermediate player, doubler or beginner with a few extra bucks to spend. The horn is very study, reliable and has pretty decent intonation. The horn has a full range, going up to the high F# so your instrument will not hold you back from full-range. I appreciate the options of different finishes in this price range. Personal favorite is the vintage dark lacquer. It includes a case and MP

              This is a real hands on product review from Landa@Sam Ash Edison

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              5.0

              There's a reason this is deluxe!

              By 

              from New York, New York

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfort
              • Timbre

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live performance

                Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

                The keys on this sax feel incredible and are really making my progress as a musician that much more significant. I use this guy for both home and live use as it's projection and resonance is incredible.

                Nick @Sam Ash NYC

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                4.0

                Quality Student Saxophone

                By 

                from New York, New York

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Intonation
                • Great Key Action
                • High F Sharp Key
                • Upgraded Neck

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Individual Solo Use
                  • School use

                  Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

                  The Jean Baptiste model 686 is newly designed. This horn has an upgraded neck and key pads which improve the intonation and sound quality. This horn plays well and the key action is very smooth and balanced, from Low B flat to high F sharp. This horn works well for students of all ages.
                  This is a real hands on product review from Nick @ Sam Ash Manhattan.

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                  4.0

                  Great Student Sax

                  By 

                  from Columbus Oh

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good sound
                  • Great Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • band
                    • Orchestra
                    • Recording
                    • Rehearsal

                    Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

                    This Saxophone plays great and is a great value. It comes complete with case, necks strap and mouthpiece.
                    The keys have good action and the sound is consistent throughout, making this a great choice for students.
                    This is a review by Jim at Sam Ash Columbus

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very good sax for the money

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                    from Richmond, VA

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                    Pros

                    • Price Tone Playability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

                        I played two of these at the Sam Ash in Richmond. One was Black nickel and the other was standard gold lacquer. Both played equally well, and had a surprisingly good tone for such an inexpensive horn. Build quality seemed very good.

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                        JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone

                        This instrument is backed by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labor.

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