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JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone
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JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone

The JP243 is a lightweight yet high performing one piece Bb Soprano Saxophone which has surprised many with its well-made and reliable construction from high grade 80:20 brass. Intonation is excellent throughout the range with small variations limited to a very narrow range. The instrument's tone is even and well balanced, and coupled with a smooth and and well positioned action, ensuring that the JP243 achieves a high performance to cost ratio. Fingering is intuitive and comfortable enabling even small players to pick up the JP243. This is helped with the inclusion of a floating plate design for little finger (Left Hand) cluster, aiding faster movement.

The JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone features a variety of components usually reserved for instrument many times it's price include abalone pearl keys, blue steel springs and Italian leather resonator pads. An adjustable thumb rest and back stop is also featured as standard. A full soprano range is achieved through the inclusion of front F, high F# and high G keys.
  
Models
JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone (Lacquer)
Key :
Bb
Body :
High grade 80:20 brass,
Keywork :
Floating plate design for little finger (left hand) cluster, Abalone pearl keys, Blue steel springs, Italian leather resonator pads, Front F, High F# & High G keys
Bell :
High grade 80:20 brass,
Finishes :
Lacquer
Additional features :
Adjustable thumb rest, adjustable back stops
Supplied with :
JP Mouthpiece, Lightweight case, Mouthpiece cap, Ligature, JP Reed
The JP243 is a lightweight yet high performing one piece Bb Soprano Saxophone which has surprised many with its well-made and reliable construction from high grade 80:20 brass. Intonation is excellent throughout the range with small variations limited to a very narrow range. The instrument's tone is even and well balanced, and coupled with a smooth and and well positioned action, ensuring that the JP243 achieves a high performance to cost ratio. Fingering is intuitive and comfortable enabling even small players to pick up the JP243. This is helped with the inclusion of a floating plate design for little finger (Left Hand) cluster, aiding faster movement.

The JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone features a variety of components usually reserved for instrument many times it's price include abalone pearl keys, blue steel springs and Italian leather resonator pads. An adjustable thumb rest and back stop is also featured as standard. A full soprano range is achieved through the inclusion of front F, high F# and high G keys.

The JP243 is supplied with everything that is needed to get a new player started including a JP Mouthpiece, lightweight case and starter accessory pack including mouthpiece cap, ligature and JP reed. The case is well designed to be robust yet lightweight and to provide as much protection to your instrument as possible. It is equipped with a comfortable should strap as standard and also includes a small storage pocket accessible from the outside suitable for storing small accessories and sheet music.

All JP Musical Instruments are covered by our comprehensive 2 year warranty. Visit our Warranty Information page for full terms and conditions.

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Professor David Burnand - Royal College of Music, London
    "I received this saxophone last week and have had great pleasure playing it. The sax feels light, which for me is good, as I play without a sling and am now developing arthritis in my wrists. In fact it's 200gm heavier than my 1926 Buescher True-Tone, but so nicely balanced that it feels lighter on the right hand. Good news for us oldies and for younger/smaller players, too. I like the integrated neck and (therefore) absence of a curved alternative crook, thought his might not suit everyone. Overall construction and appearance are of a high quality. Against expectations, I stuck with the mouthpiece provided, which plays very well. In fact, on this instrument, I prefer it to my (presumably more expensive) Vandoren, Barone and Link m/pieces. The square cross-section of the chamber arch reminds me of the Selmer S-80. It speaks clearly throughout the entire range of the instrument from low Bb to high G. Intonation is excellent. The usual variations at tops and bottoms of registers lie within a very narrow range on this instrument. Tone is even throughout the instrument. Inevitable differences of tone for overlapping notes either side of the break are useful, therefore, rather than sounding like different instruments, one too thin and one to thick. The keys are smooth, even, fast and well positioned. My relatively short little fingers can be problematic with low Bb on some instruments. No problem at all with the JP243, which has a well-designed plate for the left-hand cluster. On some instruments altissimo keys are often difficult to find or too easily opened inadvertently, especially for players with smaller hands. Not so with the JP243. Fingering is intuitive and comfortable on this sax. In conclusion, this is a remarkable instrument for its price range, and I would recommend it to beginners and professionals alike."
  • Author: Mack Robinson, 4th July 2017
    I play soprano sax exclusively these days, and in the last few years I have owned far too many, including a Rampone and Cazzani R1 Jazz and a Yani 991. Having bought a JP 243 I no longer think it is worth paying the kind of prices that R&C and Yanagisawa charge. The JP 243 is a fully fledged pro horn, and is every bit as consistent from the top to the bottom of its range as any of the other ones I have played. Both the low notes and high speak very easily, and I actually think they do so better than any of the "pro" horns I have played.

    Incidentally, the 243 is also better then the Bauhaus soprano I used to own, a horn which is often seen as the main competition to the 243.

    I would say it is well worth paying a little extra and going for 243 rather than the 043. The one-piece design is better than having the removable crook, as there is less chance of the octave mechanism being pushed out of true when applying the mouthpiece, and it is just one less thing to go wrong.

    Having played both the 043 and the 243, I think it is true that the 243 is a complete redesign, rather than just a tweaking of the budget horn. The keywork is quiet and fast, the tone is fantastic, and I no longer scan eBay "just in case" something nice turns up. Given how often I used to buy and sell saxes, that is probably the greatest compliment I can give.

    All in all, I would say that this horn competes with any soprano sax, at any price.

    I play it with a Beechler HR 7S or a Vandoren V5 S35.
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