I'd be glad to verify the quality of the Zeus instruments. I own a model ZAS 650 sax myself and have played countless hours on the school owned Zeus tenor. I've also had a professional saxophone player in our area test out the horns. The Zeus 650 is like a replica of Selmer intermediate to high intermediate horn. It has ease in all registers, I was most impressed with the response in the low register, most people struggle getting those notes out, (low c and lower), but on the ZeuS, it was no problem.
The professional sax player that I had test out the horns verified they were high-quality horns, like a mid-line Selmer. He did not expect to see the craftsmanship that he saw for a horn priced as it is made from an new name brand. The model 650 sax costs half of what a retail model instrument costs and yet it has all the features and potential of an upper intermediate horn. In my opinion, you are getting the best quality horn for the money and the horn will meet the needs of the majority of school musicians through high school. Then, if you want to go even further in upgrading, I would recommend the next model up from Zeus. Most parents are shocked when their high school band director asks them to upgrade to a horn costing 2-3000 when they have already paid $1400. For that $1400, they could have purchased a professional level Zeus horn. For the same cost at a retail student model horn, you can get a professional level ZeuS horn and you won't ever need to upgrade from there.
As a band director for the past ten years, I felt a certain level of obligation to my students and parents to set them up with the best quality instruments for attainable prices. I'm not in the business of servicing the needs of the local music store. Their number one concern is making money. When I learned about the Zeus line, I was very impressed and felt I finally found someone worthy of my business. Alex makes quality horns at a price that doesn't gouge the consumer.
I would encourage you to take the horn to your band director and have him/her try it out as well as any other established players in the area and see for yourself that the horn is a quality built horn. For the money, I'm confident they'll agree it's the best deal around.
Janet Kolb - Band Director, Burnsville High School (Rosemount, MN)
I got a ZAS 750 for my kid. He is a pretty heavy jazz player and loves it. It looks like it is well constructed, and has great intonation. I also know of a local private instructor who sold off his Keiwerth for a ZeuS. I do not know what model of Keilwerth he had. I like them but that is impressive about the Zeus. Guido (CO)
Brand new saxophones here intermediate to advanced horns. I bought the ZeuS ZTS 650 for $925 and it has been great. I bought it and had it shipped with no problems. Just because this sax doesn't have Yamaha, Conn, or Selmer on it doesn't make it inferior. I highly recommend checking them out.
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I bought a ZeuS ZTS 650L tenor. It is the first saxophone i've ever played so I couldn't judge the quality of the horn at first. Since then i've played several different tenors and none have been better than my ZeuS. It has a real nice feel to it and plays very easily. I've received many comments from more experienced players about the nice tone of the horn. I too was afraid of what kind of instrument I would be receiving when I bought it but got over that and ended up with a great buy. I'd give them a try if your in the market. (from the Internet)
My band director received a Zeus ZAS 750 in Black Nickel finish, and i was asked to try it out. So I spent the hour in a private practice room with it. Not only was it amazingly beautiful, but it played like a dream. Its sound reminds me of some vintages i have played in the past. I have to give two thumbs up for zeus. My director pays a zeus trumpet too, and she just blows everyone away. I get an added discount on top of the already good price through her which brings a silver plated 750 to $1300, can't beat that. (MN)
My daughter Dolo and I were really curious about the 750 sax so we gave it a very good going over visually, and used her $1400 Jupiter as a comparison. Actually there was no comparison. The ZeuS beat it out when it came to craftsmanship. I also wanted to hear it (we took many precautions to preserve its new looks, etc.). Anyway, she first played the Jupiter, then I had her play the ZeuS. Wow, the ZeuS was far superior in sound. It had a real "ballsy" sound to it, especially when she hit the highs. Big difference. Ron (CO)
I've gotten a lot of compliments on my new Zeus Bari Sax. I am very happy with it. It plays well and is very responsive and has beautiful intonation. This was money well spent. - Susan (Bossier City, LA)
My band director received a Zeus ZAS 750 Sax in Black Nickel finish, and i was asked to try it out. So I spent the hour in a private practice room with it. Not only was it amazingly beautiful, but it played like a dream. Its sound reminds me of some vintages i have played in the past. I have to give two thumbs up for zeus. My director pays a zeus trumpet too (Guarnerius), and she just blows everyone away. The sax is a very affordable price, can't beat that.
I bought a flute and a Zeus 650 Alto Sax for my daughter and son respectively. I was thrilled with your service, value, and quality of product and very glad to be able to tell other parents so they could avoid the major rip-off with the school sanctioned dealer who had burned me bad on a trombone for my oldest daughter. I think I ended up paying about $3000 for it when all was said and done. Ouch. (SC)