I’m interested in obtaining a soprano saxophone at some point. I would like to use it to play classical music, to play in Mass, etc. I have an alto saxophone, but would also like to have a soprano.
However, many student-end saxophones made in China and Taiwan are based off of high-end saxophones. This means any or all of the following could be copied from a high-end saxophone: the bore of the instrument, the tone hole placement, the keywork, etc.
The high-end professional saxophones generally cost over $3000 new. The lower-end ones based on or copied from professional models cost a lot less. There are some on ebay for as little as $200-$250.
Even thought the lower-end ones are based on or copied from high-end saxophones, they are generally not as good.
It is apparently not illegal to have these lower-end instruments made and sell them. I’ve heard that very little of the saxophone is patented or patents have expired.
Also, the low-end products are not bootlegs or counterfeits. They don’t claim to be the high-end horns (though there are some bootlegs and counterfeits).
So, would it be a sin to get a lower-end saxophone that’s based on a high-end saxophone?
Please see this thread I started on the Sax on the Web forum to get more info: forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?201117-How-is-this-possible!-!-!-!-!&p=2091636&posted=1#post2091636