A tenor sax to low-G

Click here for more pictures ! Just for Lewis – he’s fond of baritone reeds on tenor, so here’s a bigger bell – and lower notes – for even more welly !  From Brazil – Lopes Instrumentos – where a company (or maybe just an individual sax builder ) specialises in low extensions – on bari and bass saxes as well.

Click here for more pictures and information.  The mouthpiece looks a bit big, maybe a baritone one, to drive the bigger volume.  Thanks to Ross Challender for sending me the pictures.  What a beast…

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10 Responses to A tenor sax to low-G

  1. ukebert says:

    Good grief. Will it never end…

  2. alan says:

    Probably not… To think, I considered, and was advised against buying a Mk VI low-A alto – other than purely a an investment – because the extra bell length stifled the sound. And that argument still goes on with baritones. But this guy also produces low-G bari’s and basses… Too much thumb work, and heaven knows what it does for the centre of gravity !

    Good for the sale of boom mic stands, tho 🙂

  3. Lewis Pelham says:

    Quite a weapon, really useful in concert keys of F# and C# where E# is a must.
    Owen….come on, we only have a miserable 2.5 octaves to play with; even banjos have more than that. Every additional note helps…there is always a key where one thinks “if only I had…..”. The addition of extra notes must always be weighed against physical size and weight however.
    Now, if ever I had the opportunity of playing in flat keys, that low G would be tempting.

  4. Lewis Pelham says:

    …Down to low A should be enough. No, while they are about it let’s go down to low G#… Seriously,that would be a really useful horn.

  5. ukebert says:

    Useful, bulky, difficult to play 😦

    Although 2.5 octaves is a bit silly really. I’m no great clarinettist, but I can get 3.5 without a huge amount of trouble, although i wouldn’t want to in concert 😉

    My uke has about 2 octaves, although my tenor uke has more, about the same as a sax. However, my Piano takes all prizes 😉

  6. Lewis Pelham says:

    Owen.
    You accuse that sax of being bulky and difficult to play, then extol the virtues of a piano…I am puzzled. 🙂
    Also…how do you fit the words saxophone and uke on the same page? 😦

  7. alan says:

    Hmmm – the only really practical use I can see is using it on the old rock ‘n roll numbers, where the tenor ‘riffs’ – often along with the bass line. I always felt the need to get a bit lower on tenor in those numbers… But it’s all bell notes, not the easiest to finger, and often tricky to play. Is it a baritone mouthpiece ? Looks Chunky !

  8. Lewis Pelham says:

    Owen and Alan.
    On reflection I believe that you are both right. If Ben Webster and Lee Allen could make all those glorious sounds with what is available…then who am I to want or need more?
    Not sure about the baritone mouthpiece; ignorance again, as I have never played a baritone or seen a mouthpiece.

  9. al says:

    I don’t know if he’s serious, or it’s a doctored picture, but enviroguy posted this pic on saxontheweb – post #12 – his tenor sax going down to F#… Keeps things neat I suppose, three octaves, F# to F# ! Click on the picture for a better view.

    I don’t about this one, if it was April 1st ..?

  10. Mal-2 says:

    Low G on a bari would be useful for irritating bass trombone players by nailing the pedal Bb louder than they can. Of course this can also be done by sticking an appropriately sized roll of cardboard in the bell, provided you don’t have to reach these special notes in any kind of hurry.

    What I want to know is why can’t the bow curve be placed lower so the bell doesn’t have to stick up so high? You could then have an instrument that felt like a tenor in the hands, but had the size in between that of tenor and baritone, with a bell that ends over the left hand like a normal instrument. This does mean a lot of re-engineering of the existing bell keys and the low C, but not really any more than goes into producing straight altos and straight tenors.

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