Eastman 52nd Street Alto Sax
Store Used Demo
Huge Vintage Tone with Modern Performance
Eastman 52nd Street Alto Sax
The Eastman 52nd Street alto is one of the finest saxophone values on the market today! Made in Taiwan, the Eastman 52nd Street Alto is quickly gaining a reputation among players around the US for their incredible tonal performance – one that offers a massive, vintage style tone – and balancing it with great build quality & affordability!
Store Used Demonstration Model
As we have 3 retail store fronts, one of which has a “Sax Room” with 60+ saxophones on the wall ready to play, we occasionally will have models that are effectively demo models. These are models that are still new instruments, but they might have a slight scratch or signs of use. These signs of use will vary, but on this particular Eastman 52nd Street alto, there is nothing significant. It simply has been a demo model. This horn still has all warranties and includes a full professional setup in store before shipment. Save big!
Eastman 52nd Street Alto Specifications
- High F# key
- Upper and lower stack adjustment screws
- Adjustable palm key heights
- Hand-engraved neck and bell
- Double-braced low C, B, and Bb keys on all models
- Metal resonators
- Adjustable metal thumb hook
- Italian leather pads
- Blue steel springs
- Aged un-lacquered brass
- Hand-hammered bell
- Large bell
- 52nd Street scene engraving
- Rolled-style tone holes (soldered rim)
- CASX600 case Included
Soldered Tone Hole Rims – Not Rolled
The Eastman 52nd Street Alto uses Soldered Rim Tone Holes (they refer to it as “Rolled-style”). The soldered rim tone hole concept is a modern improvement over the vintage “rolled” tone hole concept made popular by vintage American saxophones. The benefit is that they will increase the mass of the horn providing a generally overall richer tone. The soldered rim concept also offers better repair potential in the future (if needed) over rolled tone holes. With a true rolled tone hole, if the tone hole is ever damaged, they are significantly harder to repair and in some cases, can never be repaired back to 100% original design or levelness. With the soldered rim concept, they can be properly repaired easier if ever needed and should they need to be leveled in the repair, they can as they are a solid piece of brass rather than a folded over rim. The soldered rim concept costs more to produce than the rolled tone hole, but in the end, we find that they perform better and offer better reliability in the future for the player.
Adjustable Left Hand Palm Keys
Eastman 52nd Street Alto Saxes include the ability to adjust the height of the left hand palm keys to the player’s preference.
Every horn we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on the horn is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, a saxophone (regardless of who the manufacturer) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours! So if you were to get 5 of the same model right out of the box, they will all play different. This leads players to believe that they are “good” or “bad” saxes. The reality is that the one that was the best out of the 5 was likely the one that needed the least amount of work and the “bad” sax was the one that needed 2 hours worth of adjustments!
Once the same 5 saxophones are properly regulated and adjusted to perfection, they become near identical saxophones. Even the pickiest of players would be challenged to pick a true “favorite” horn. However, since most stores do not or even can not perform this setup, the player never knows this and is simply relying on the luck of the draw. This is why we perform our setup (in our www.SaxophoneRepairs.com ProShop) on them before delivering your new sax to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your ideal saxophone setup flawlessly!