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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Jean BaptisteJB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

100%

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5.0

My Favorite Alto!

By 

from Canoga Park, CA

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Build
  • price
  • Quality
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live
    • Studio

    Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

    Great build quality, the tone really cuts through in my band rehearsals, my director is so impressed! I knew these were nice but wasn't quite so sure it would be the right sound, but it definitely was. Projection and tone is the only way I can accurately describe this alto sax, bets bang for the buck out there!

    This is a real hands on product review from Jared @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

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    5.0

    Great sound!

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    from Canoga Park, CA

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Build
    • Quality
    • Sound
    • Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • band
      • Live
      • Studio

      Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

      Great build quality, the tone really cuts through in my band rehearsals, my director is so impressed! I knew these were nice but wasn't quite so sure it would be "my" sound, but it definitely was. Projection and tone is the only way I can accurately describe this alto sax, bets bang for the buck out there!

      This is a real hands on product review from Jared @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Value

      By 

      from Cherry Hill, NJ

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • price
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hobyist
        • Student Upgrade

        Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

        For the price, this horn is a great step up from a beginner horn. Easy blowing, and very responsive, with great intonation. The horn is designed with a ribbed post construction, allowing the horn resonate much more freely then a horn without. This is prefect for a student looking to upgrade from their student model or a hobbyist looking for something that is a bit better then the average student horn.

        This is a real hands on product review from Steve @ Sam Ash Cherry Hill, NJ

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        5.0

        Great Alto sax by Jean Baptiste!!!

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        from Orlando,fl

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              Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

              Great beginner to intermediate sax for the price!!
              Great for students and school.
              Features a high F# key and comes with a nice case.
              Looks and sounds good!!
              "This is a real hands on product review from Billy@ Sam Ash Orlando"

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              4.0

              Decent sax under $1000

              By 

              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

              By 

              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

              By 

              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

                  By 

                  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

                    By 

                    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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