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Tenor saxophones

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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  • JP Instruments JP042 Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    JP Instruments JP042 Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: JP042
    The JP042 is a superb quality and honestly priced full size tenor sax. It has been designed...
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  • Jupiter JTS587GL-FQ-III student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Jupiter JTS587GL-FQ-III student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: JTS-587GL-FQ-III
    The JTS-587GL-FQ-III tenor saxophone has been crafted with the student player in mind, and...
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  • Yamaha YTS280 student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS280 student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS280
    The YTS280 saxophone is our most popular tenor saxophone and rightly so. As with all Yamaha...
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  • Yamaha YTS480 intermediate Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS480 intermediate Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS480
    The YTS480 is a level above Yamaha's student 280 saxophone and its tonal quality is comparable...
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  • Trevor James TJ3822G Classic II student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Trevor James TJ3822G Classic II student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: TJ3822G
    The Trevor James TJ3822G classic II has for a while now been very popular among beginner...
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  • Trevor James Classic II student Bb tenor saxophone outfit in black
    Trevor James Classic II student Bb tenor saxophone outfit in black
     Product code: TJ3822BK
    The Trevor James TJ3822BK classic II has for a while now been very popular among beginner...
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  • Jupiter JTS-500 student Bb tenor saxophone outfit with hardshell case
    Jupiter JTS-500 student Bb tenor saxophone outfit with hardshell case
     Product code: JTS-500
    The JTS-500 tenor saxophone has been crafted with the student player in mind, and would make a...
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  • Jupiter JTS-500-Q student Bb tenor saxophone with padded rucksack case
    Jupiter JTS-500-Q student Bb tenor saxophone with padded rucksack case
     Product code: JTS-500-Q
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  • Jupiter JTS-700-Q intermediate Bb tenor saxophone with padded rucksack
    Jupiter JTS-700-Q intermediate Bb tenor saxophone with padded rucksack
     Product code: JTS-700-Q
    The Jupiter JTS-700-Q is the remodelled version of the JT787. It is made from a really robust...
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  • Yamaha YTS280S silver plated student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS280S silver plated student Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS280S
    The YTS280 saxophone is our most popular tenor saxophone and rightly so. As with all Yamaha...
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  • Yamaha YTS480S silver plated intermediate Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS480S silver plated intermediate Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS480S
    The YTS480S is a level above Yamaha's student 280S saxophone and its tonal quality is...
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  • Yamaha YTS62 professional Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS62 professional Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS62-02
    Yamaha's 62 series saxes have become a modern classic and are used by leading professional...
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  • Yamaha YTS62S silver plated professional Bb tenor saxophone outfit
    Yamaha YTS62S silver plated professional Bb tenor saxophone outfit
     Product code: YTS62S
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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

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