The Tenor saxophone is one of the larger members of the saxophone family, (the largest being the Baritone sax) , and is also one of the most commonly played saxophone models. It is pitched in Bb, as is the Soprano sax with the Alto and Baritone pitched in Eb. Most students start on an Alto sax but a good many go on to play the Tenor. It is pitched lower than the Alto and has a richer, throatier tone.
Our Tenor sax range consists of value models from John Packer through more expensive Jupiter and Yamaha models. All are comprehensively set up and play tested prior to dispatch which ensures that your instrument reaches in you perfect condition.
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Tenor Sax Buyers Guide
The Tenor Saxophone is one of the two most popular saxophone models, (the other being the Alto Sax) and is used most often in Jazz and pop but also more recent ‘classical’ music. It is a transposing instrument, pitched in Bb, and written in the treble clef. The instrument sounds a major second lower than written consequently.
When it comes to playing the Tenor Sax, the first thing to think about is the weight of the instrument. It is large and made almost entirely of metal which makes it rather heavy. It is therefore not particularly suitable for very young players and teachers tend to direct their smaller pupils towards the Alto sax. It is worth pointing out though that the fingering on the Alto sax is almost entirely the same as the Tenor sax which means that changing from one to the other is a relatively simple task – general small adjustments to embouchure are all that is needed. The Tenor sax encompasses a wide sound scape, rich deep lower notes and clear flexible higher tones.
When it comes to choosing a Tenor Saxophone the first thing to consider is whether you are actually a beginner. If you have started out on an Alto sax and have reached a good standard of playing it would certainly be worth considering a better Tenor sax model. That said there are some great value models for the true beginner available too.
Our starter instrument is the John Packer JP042. This instrument represents really good value for money and whilst cannot profess to have the tonal quality or engineering accuracy of the more expensive models it is a good, solid, entry point. The slightly more expensive Trevor James classic II model might be a better bet depending on budget. It is still priced well but offers just that little extra longevity and tone quality when compared to the cheaper models. The likes of Jupiter and Yamaha are a good starting point if you already have some experience on the Alto sax and are popular brands for those changing from one to the other. These instruments are really very well made, offer a fine playing experience and also hold their value should an upgrade of sorts be on the cards at some point down the line. Worth mentioning too is the fact that Saxophones do come in different colours. Entry level sax’s, mainly Alto, come in a range of finishes – red, blue, pink etc – these are purely for aesthetic purposes and really make no difference to the sound. They can also be a little harder to sell should that be a consideration. There is, however, no getting away from the fact that any instrument can immediately be more appealing to a child if is produced in a funky colour! Some of the more expensive models are also available in Silver plate. It is thought that Silver creates are more jazzy, brassier sound and can be popular with the Jazzers out there