Types of Saxophones – Quickly Identify Your Saxophone Part 1

How to Quickly Identify Your Saxophone – Part 1 – Types of Saxophones

If you are selling a saxophone but are not a saxophone player yourself, you may be having a difficult time identifying the types of saxophones that you are trying to sell. This Article will help you from having to answer the Instrument Evaluation Form questions with “I Don’t Know” or “Not Sure” answers. The more specific information we receive on the form, the easier it is for us to help you sell your saxophone to us.

Types of Saxophones

There are mainly 4 types of saxophones that are the most common. They are:

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenor
  • Baritone
Soprano Saxophone

Sopranos will usually be made in Straight or Curved models.

Straight Soprano Saxophone
Straight Soprano Saxophone

Straight sopranos will either have a fixed neck, or one or two detachable necks. The length of the straight soprano is usually between 25-26″ with the neck in place.

Curved Soprano
Curved Soprano

Curved Soprano Saxophones will either have a fixed or detachable neck. The length of the straight soprano is usually between 18-19″ with the neck in place.

Alto Saxophones

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Alto Saxophones will have a detachable “L Shaped” neck with only one bend. The length of the alto is usually between 26-28″ with the neck in place.

Tenor Saxophones

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Tenor Saxophones will have a detachable “? Shaped” neck with two bends. The length of the tenor is usually between 33-34″ with the neck in place.

Baritone Saxophone

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Baritone Saxophones will have a detachable “L Shaped” neck with only one bend. The length of the baritone saxophone is usually between 38-40″.

More types of saxophones

Not only are there soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, there are several others that we may be interested in buying. Sopranino, Bass are a few other saxophones that are less common, but they may be saxophones that you are wanting to sell. Here is how to identify:

Sopranino Saxophone

Sopranino, also known as Nino saxophones, are smaller in size than the straight soprano. Sometimes they can be found in curved models, mot most likely these will be in straight models.

Sopranino Saxophone
Sopranino Saxophone

Straight Sopranino sopranos will either have a fixed neck, or one or two detachable necks. The length of the straight soprano is usually between 18-19″ with the neck in place.

Bass Saxophone

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Bass Saxophones will have a detachable “L Shaped” neck with only one bend. The length of the baritone saxophone is usually between 55-58″.

 

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