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Saxophones are a vital part of any jazz band or orchestra, whether its alto, tenor, baritone or soprano saxophones you're looking for, at Gear4music we stock a wide range of each. Browse by type, material and finish to find the best saxophone for you.
Saxophones are single-reed woodwind instruments and comprise of mainly four main types including alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone. Typically constructed from brass and finished with lacquered silver or gold among many other finishes, saxophones were originally developed in the 1840s by instrument maker Adolphe Sax. Throughout the years saxophones have become particularly prominent within Jazz music orchestral ensembles and even marching bands. They can also be used as solo instruments in pop music or as part of a horn section.
Whilst there are many different types of saxophones for sale, each type is different from the other, whether it's the size of the saxophone bell, the shape of the neck or the tone that they produce. For example, a baritone offers a deep tonality, whereas the alto offers higher pitch mellow tones.
Saxophones use reeds and mouthpieces that work together with the saxophone body to create an individual tone, although your playing style and embouchure can also affect your unique playing sound. This is something worth bearing in mind when you buy a saxophone as this will ensure you can achieve the best saxophone tone.
The four main types of saxophone are the alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone. The lowest in tone is the baritone saxophone whilst the highest in tone is the alto saxophone. Each type caters to specific musical ranges and styles.
The alto saxophone is widely considered the best choice for beginners. This is due to its smaller sizing and ergonomics which offer an easier grip and playability. Thanks to this players can achieve an easier playing experience, with easy access to the keys and a comfortable hold.
The soprano sax is seen as the hardest saxophone to learn how to play simply down to the need for specific embouchure, with the mouthpiece being small this requires a tighter embouchure, which wouldn’t be suited to beginner players.