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Best Starter Saxophone For Juniors

The Best Starter Saxophone For Juniors has got to be the Alpha by Trevor James. With its much reduced weight and keywork the Alpha is easy to handle and sounds just like a regular alto. Suitable for use by pupils up to around ABRSM/Trinity Grade 4 this is our most popular rental saxophone.

Design – The Alphasax is based around the original body tube of an alto saxophone with completely redesigned mechanism and tone hole positioning for the smaller individual who would previously have been told to “wait until they got bigger” before they could learn to play the sax.

The Alphasax Solution to a normal alto saxophone for the younger or smaller player

  • Problematic keys with long finger stretch have been removed or redesigned for extra comfort.

  • The weight has been reduced by an amazing 33%.

Key and Mechanism – The Alphasax in the key of Eb, with a full two octave chromatic facility using established finger positioning to enable the smaller player to learn the alto saxophone using current study books.  New and innovative mechanism has enabled us to maintain the finger positioning of a normal saxophone.

Key and Mechanism Detail

  • The left hand palm keys for top D#, E and F have been removed.

  • The top D key has been adjusted to fit small hands.

  • The low B & Bb keys have been removed.

  • Redesigned G# and low C# keys are now easier to reach.

  • The right hand side F# keys and side C key have been removed.

  • Redesigned low D# and C keys are now easier to reach.

  • The Alphasax retains a fully chromatic range from low C to high D.

  • Bb bis and side Bb keys are retained.

Weight – At only 1.86kg in weight the revolutionary Alphasax saxophone is 33% lighter than the traditional alto saxophone.

The kit – A lightweight (1.48kg) moulded case with backpack straps is included along with a BG harness strap, mouthpiece, cap and single screw ligature.  A Vandoren reed completes the package.The Alphasax is therefore an incredible 3.34kg in its carry case (compared to the usual 4.9kg + of the standard alto saxophone).  A stunning 44% lighter!

My thoughts on the Alphasax by Bryn Jennings aged 10

I’ve been playing for over a year now and I strongly feel it has been beneficial to my asthma; it has been a delight to play. I thoroughly recommend it to any beginners to the saxophone – but since a had a recent growth spurt I have had to move on to a bigger sized one. As a started playing (the bigger size) I found it much easier than before: the Alphasax had really boosted my abilities. Overall, it makes a stupendous sound and the make is wonderous  – highly recommended.


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