Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone

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4.7

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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
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sound (3)
  • Tone (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Band (3)
  • Live (3)
  • Practice (3)
  • Studio (3)
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5.0

new neck design

By 

from Cincinnati,OH

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Orchestra

    Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

    perfect playing sax with a lot of tone range. The improved redesigned neck has made the tones ring clear and loud.

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    5.0

    great alto

    By 

    from Cincinnati,OH

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Range
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • band
      • Orchestra

      Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

      A sax with a lot of tone range. Easy keying offers a nice smooth action. Perfect for a beginner or pro. I really liked the package that includes everything you need.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      So Saxy!

      By 

      from Indianapolis, IN

      Pros

      • Aesthetics
      • Build Quality
      • Playability
      • Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

          Great tone for such an affordable instrument. Give one a shot today! Extremely playable.

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          5.0

          Great Value Student Alto Sax

          By 

          from Buffalo Grove, IL

          Pros

          • ease of play
          • Economical

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • band
            • Student Learning

            Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

            This is a hands on review by Jim at Sam Ash Buffalo Grove, IL. This model is a great buy for a student alto sax.

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            5.0

            Great step up sax

            By 

            from Cleveland, OH

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to use
            • Good sound
            • Includes Hard Case

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concert Band
              • concerts
              • Jazz band
              • Learning Student
              • Marching Band
              • Performances
              • Practice

              Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

              This sax makes an excellent quality beginner instrument for a younger student, or for a more experienced player looking to upgrade their current alto to something of a higher level. The build quality on this horn is great, and all of the keys feel very sturdy and respond smoothly. From low C to high F#, every note plays consistently and easily. The intonation is even better than on previous models since the neck was recently redesigned. The traditional lacquer finish is very nice. It also includes a lightweight protective case, neck strap, and a mouthpiece, so it is ready to go right out of the box.

              This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Stand out from the crowd!

              By 

              from Cleveland

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to use
              • Good sound
              • Includes Hard Case

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concert Band
                • concerts
                • Jazz band
                • Learning Students
                • Marching Band
                • Performances
                • Practice

                Comments about Jean Baptiste JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone:

                This sax makes an excellent quality beginner instrument for a younger student, or for a more experienced player looking to upgrade their current alto to something of a higher level. The build quality on this horn is great, and all of the keys feel very sturdy and respond smoothly. From low C to high F#, every note plays consistently and easily. The intonation is even better than on previous models since the neck was recently redesigned. It also includes a lightweight protective case, neck strap, and a mouthpiece, so it is ready to go right out of the box.

                This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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                • No
                 
                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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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great sound!

                  By 

                  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.

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                    • 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!!!

                      By 

                      from Orlando,fl

                      Staff Reviewer

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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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                            JB686AL Deluxe Alto Saxophone

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