John Packer JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone

SKU: 102162

John Packer JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone

John Packer JP243 Bb Soprano Saxophone

SKU: 102162



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Regular price £810.00

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As an advanced student this is an ideal soprano saxophone to use to take you through the higher grades. But if you are more advanced or professional player looking for a second instrument to use or explore soprano saxophone solos, saxophone bands or saxophone choirs, then the JP243 is certainly an instrument you would find very adequate for your needs.

Our guide to buying your first saxophone will help you know what to look for and explains the many features found on a saxophone.

  • Crafted from high grade 80:20 brass as a one piece brass body and bell
  • Rust resistant blue steel springs for improved response and better tension memory
  • Italian leather pads to create a great seal for a fuller projected sound
  • Resonator pads improves projection and depth of tone
  • Front F andhigh F#  keys
  • Floating plate design for left hand little finger
  • Adjustable thumb rest to help with a more natural and comfortable hand position
  • Sling ring
  • Enhanced appearance with engraving and abalone pearls
  • Model: JP243
  • Key: Bb
  • Material: Brass
  • Keywork: Gold lacquer
  • Mechanism: Full keywork
  • Finish: Gold Lacquer
  • Lyre Box: No
  • Additional features: Blue Steel Springs, Italian leather pads, Resonator pads, Adjustable thumb rest, Front F and high F# Keys

    The JP243 is supplied in a backpack case that can also facilitate a provided shoulder strap for ease of transportation. The case is pocketed which is suitable for storing small accessories and comes with a Bari Esprit mouthpiece, cap, ligature and a basic sling.

    All JP Instruments are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Please note this does not cover aesthetic or finish faults. For full terms & conditions visit the Warranty Page.

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Mack Robinson
JP 243 Soprano Sax

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.

JP243 Soprano Saxophone

This instrument is really good quality. It give a rich sound, the keys feel responsive and well balanced, it plays the lowest notes with equal ease to the highest! The price of the JP243 is great but the quality is absolutely superb. I am very pleased I bought this beautiful sax - blue abalone pearl keys and a fantastic sound. What more could you ask?

I play it with a Selmer Concept mouthpiece, a Vandoren leather ligature and no.3 Vandoren V12 Bflat clarinet reeds (yes, really, Clarinet reeds give darker sounds)

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