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Beginner lowest playable note on a tenor

woolyhead

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According to university of New South Wales' articles, the lowest resonance occurs at 116 Hz, which is A2, yet the lowest note playable is A3. Why?
 

kevgermany

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NOt quite sire which of their pages you're looking at, but this one has it correctly as Ab2:

http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/saxacoustics.html

in this para:

The frequency equals the wave speed divided by the wavelength, so this longest wave corresponds to the lowest note on the instrument: Ab on a Bb saxophone, Db on an Eb saxophone. (See standard note names, and remember that saxophones are transposing instruments, so that the written low Bb3 is actually Ab2 for a tenor saxophone in Bb, Db3 for an alto in Eb, and Ab3 for a soprano in Bb. Hereafter we refer only to the written pitch.)

I deliberatly chopped the quote there, cos of the last sentence. Remember the Tenor plays an octave and a tone (a ninth) below the written pitch.

And this page shows Ab2 as 103.83Hz, as per Dave's Wikipedia quote, as well as showing the written lowest note (Bb3) as 116.54Hz

http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/notes.html
 
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