between £10 – £20 (depending how far away
etc the instrument is) Dave will play your prospective instrument
for you in a shop or private dwelling & give you his honest
"Ease of playing
for me is the most important thing. If an instrument is easy to
play you will gain from those important first few days & weeks
when it’s difficult enough without having to battle with a
badly set or faulty instrument."
experience with woodwind (including the Saxes) is that the top of
the range instruments are often not set correctly & are difficult
to play. I’m not sure why a manufacturer wouldn’t spend
that little bit extra time in setting it correctly but I’ve
more than once plumped for a much cheaper model – notably the
Earlham range, which play beautifully."
If you are new to the instrument, you may not be quite sure if it's
the instrument or you that's being difficult - Dave can simplify the