A Conversation for Saxophones

Only seven types of sax?

Post 1


For completeness, let's not forget the C melody sax, which is slightly smaller than a tenor, and in the key of C. This has the great advantage that you can read music not written specifically for the sax without having to transpose, and often in a simpler key. They're not always easy to find, as none have been made since the 1920s, but on the plus side they're generally not too expensive. I've got two - anybody want to buy one? They're just perfect for playing folky music.

Let's also not forget the C soprano sax, of which there are even fewer. (normal sopranos are in B flat) I've only got one of these, so you can't buy it.

Rarer still is the F mezzosoprano sax, of which a few were made, and fewer sold.

Only seven types of sax?

Post 2

Sidney Kidney, AKA Gruby Ben, friend of Dirty Den

I play Alto. Transposing is not so hard.

*Just thought I'd blow my own trumpet so to speak!*

Only seven types of sax?

Post 3

Velvet Icecream

hey now lets not forget about the Alto in F! and by the way the reason no one wants the melody C is because it is impossable to find reeds and mouth pieces and replacement parts since they are generally from the 20's. other then those things being annoying the fact that melody C's often have a stuffy sound because of the way the saxophone is made. and more then likely it would be quiet uncomfortable to play because of the odd neck shape, all i have to say is save your money unless you plan on just looking at it.

Only seven types of sax?

Post 4

Not Mongo

I am a sax player with a degree in music theory and composition, and a collector of old saxophones.

Actually, there was at one time (circa 1880-1910) a whole group of C and F saxes that were designed to be used as a family of the orchestra. The B-flat and E-flat horns used today were originally for use in military bands. I believe (I could be wrong) that Ravel's Bolero original score called for C and F saxes. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you don't like saxes) the sax never really made it as an orchestral instrument and the band side of the family is the only one that really is used today.

Incidentally, the aformentioned C-melody sax is quite easy to come by in on-line auctions and usually inexpensive. Some of them are very beautiful and well-playing instruments no different (except in pitch), than their Eb and Bb counterparts.

Only seven types of sax?

Post 5

Not Mongo

P.S. In playing a C-melody sax, try using a short-shank tenor mouthpiece and reed.

Only seven types of sax?

Post 6


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Only seven types of sax?

Post 7


how much money and from which currency is it you say you want?smiley - ale

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