alto saxophone

  • Background information on the alto saxophone:

    Saxophones were designed for power for marching bands.  It's made out of brass but belongs with the woodwind family because it has keys and uses a reed similar to a clarinet. There are several sizes of saxes but most students start on the alto.

    The neck strap is an important accessary. It supports most of the weight of the sax, bringing it right up to the mouth of the player.  (The one strap comes with the sax is usually hard to adjust.)

    The saxophone mouthpiece is made out of a kind of hard rubber called ebonite. It can chip or break when dropped so it must be handled with care. Mouthpieces cannot be repaired!

    The instrument uses a single reed made from the cane of Arundo donax, a type of grass. The vibration of the reed is amplified into the body of the saxophone. Reeds may last for weeks or can be trashed with careless handling! They cost about $3.00 apiece.  

    Here are the alto saxes that the Gates Chili music department recommends:

    • Selmer AS500
    • Yamaha YAS23 or YAS26
    • Vito V7131RK


    • Yamaha 4C alto sax mouthpiece

    Neck strap:

    •  Rico soprano/alto saxophone neck strap


    • Vandoren 2½ strength alto sax reeds - box of 5 or 10
     The school is providing the lesson book.


    Saxophone shopping list

    • Folding music stand
    • Handkerchief swab~for removing moisture from inside.
    • Handkerchief ~ To wipe fingerprints.
    • Cork Grease
    • Reeds  1-2 boxes.  Vandoren 2 1/2.
    • Reed guard ~ for protecting your reeds from breakage.

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