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Saxophones Alpha sax

half diminished

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Anyone seen the alpha sax by Trevor James

My wife wants one now because she finds my tenor so heavy and is too big for her hands.

But I think she would grow out of it too soon

What do you think http://www.alphasax.co.uk/index.htm

mamos

I think she will find most altos much smaller and lighter than a tenor and therefore more suitable. Obviously some altos are larger/heavier than others. Looks like this is aimed at small kids.
 

griff136

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I think she will find most altos much smaller and lighter than a tenor and therefore more suitable. Obviously some altos are larger/heavier than others. Looks like this is aimed at small kids.

I agree with nosaxyet that this is for kids. It also doesn't have the full range of notes - no bell keys or side keys and minimum palm keys by the looks of it too.
 

old git

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Some bass and baritone players manage to perform well with the instrument on a stand, why not see if there is something out there or consult your local blacksmith.
 

Mikec

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Karen Sharp is a first-class tenor and baritone player, and she's certainly not large, I wouldn't say. I think perhaps it's all in the posture.
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi Mamos!

There are lighter tenor saxes out there - my Yanagisawa T901 for example - which are perfectly decent professional horns.

Alternatively, there are all sorts of decent harnesses for such situations - I assume that she is not a "Big Lass" then;}.

Alto saxes are better, anyway, but that's another story!
Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

Mamos

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Thanks Tom

It is an alto she is going for but when she saw the alpha sax her eye really lit up.

However I do feel she would grow out of it very quickly

I did your t-shirt design last night

I will send a copy of it in a minute so you can see what i mean

mamos
 
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Young Col

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The alphasax is definitely aimed at children as a first instrument and your wife would need the other keys fairly quickly I guess. Don't know how much heavier a standard TJ Horn is than the alpha but mine feels a fraction lighter than my PM and it's a perfectly good starter.

OG - are you saying she should learn the anvil?
Cheers
C
 
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