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Zeus

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What are the most comfortable alto saxes for persons with long fingers(big hands)?

In order to make some entry data, i would like to hear some updated opinions, i am more than 6 feet 3 inches tall, with long fingers,and i realized when playing the alto that my right hand, i hit the right hand palm keys because they are very high. It is also the same , not so with the Yamaha tenor too.

I stumbled upon similar threads http://www.saxontheweb.net/SOTW_Archive/keilwerth/data/thread-35-spec-4693986.html
and http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...ake-of-saxophone-for-someone-with-large-hands but more saxes are here since...

There is talk about Keilworth the big man's sax, Selmer VII,King S20...etc. Any and all ideas are most and greatly helpful!

Cheers
Ted!
 
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I know that some saxes have adjustable palm keys. I've seen them on yani models on Kesslermusic.com. Now these were tenor models, but I doubt that the idea is not also used on altos. I hope this helps a bit.
 

Zeus

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Yes i see about adjustable right hand palm keys on Keilworth, today i practised on the tenor though, it was indeed a better feel and grip than with the alto.
I have a visual code now, looking at saxes, RH-3 palm key, is more or less aligned with F...where as in Kings, from pics, F is closely aligned with Rh-2,Rh-3, sigh, don't know, have to get one in my hands to tell the difference.

I wouldn't buy a sax with this in mind, but the better grip the merrier, if for example i was given a mark VI, over a better grip VII, i wouldn't decide, and my next question would be, what's the year of the VII? Early or late? heh...i did some homework, i hope...

I now start to use Left and Right hand palm keys, and i love it...frankly i play the Saints with the left hand alone now:), when i got to test the right hand palm keys, i observed the difference, that they weren't under my palm like the Left were...and thus i got into this search for answers.
 

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I think your alto is perfect as it is. It just a matter of getting used to it. key risers might help your agility, not more than that.
 

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Gia sou Zeus,

I was 6' 3'' when I was younger, 6' 2'' now and like you I have big hands. Having played Yamaha saxes I find that they are very good in the palm notes, they seem to be placed higher both on tenor and alto. The saxes I play now have the palm keys a bit lower, so I've raised them by using Sugru as described here: http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/HandyHints/key_risers.htm . Sugru is a very handy and cleverly made material wich lasts, and can be removed any time you want.
 

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