FAQS

 

How much will postage and packing cost and how long will it take for my order to arrive?
For information regarding shipping, Click here for information on postage

How difficult is it to learn to play the sax?
It's far easier than most people imagine and modern teaching systems make the learning process fun from the very start.

Am I too old to start learning now?
No! A self-motivated adult can make faster progress than a reluctant child. There is only one essential requirement - ENTHUSIASM!

I know nothing about saxes. Where do I start?
Well this website isn't a bad place! We promise to explain every aspect in as much detail as you want, without making you feel embarrassed. We will also give all the advice necessary to ensure you make a successful start, before and after sales.

How can I practice quietly?
Simply stuff a duster or tea towel into the bell of the sax. This mutes it right down and is good for strengthening your diaphragm. Click here for commercially produced sax mutes

Which sax should I start learning on?
The one that turns you on! Enthusiasm is essential so choose one that you will want to pick up and practice. All saxes are basically the same to play but the alto is the most practical to start on for a child. Adults can handle alto or tenor without difficulty. If you want to see and hear the different saxes then visit this page.

Do I have to have regular lessons?
No, although it does help to make contact with a local teacher. DVD's and book/CD sets allow you to proceed at your own pace at home.

Can I use an alto mouthpiece on a tenor sax?
No, they are different sizes.

Does size really matter?
A tenor sax measures approx. 83cm from top to bottom and weighs approx. 3.3kg. An alto sax measures approx. 66cm from top to bottom and weighs approx. 2.6kg. An adult can learn as easily on a tenor as a child can on an alto.

What does the mouthpiece size refer to?
The tip opening number (or lay) refers to how big the gap is between the end of the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece. Basically this effects how much air it is possible to push through the sax as well as how much the reed itself moves when blown. Hence the bigger the lay the more powerful projection a player can get from a horn and the more potential for dynamics. Conversely, a wider lay requires more physical effort to play and is more tricky for a player to control. Also watch out for the fact that different companies use different numbering conventions to describe tip openings so direct comparisons are not always straight forward. It is normal to start with a small size No.4 and then move up as you progress.

Can a sax be too cheap?
YES!
If you're about to buy your first sax then please read this article