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Please note: I am not able to answer questions on saxophone ages or values, but am happy to answer questions about playing the saxophone. I have never really thought of myself as an expert, but I have learnt a lot from my long experience, much of it trial and error. I'm happy to see what you all think of my answers to your questions, I hope you find them helpful (if not please tell me!), and I hope you find them at the very least thought provoking. I am happy to answer questions on all aspects of saxophone playing and performance techniques. I am not a saxophone technician so can not answer queries related to advanced areas of saxophone repair, but I am familiar with routine maintenance useful for players.

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I have been a professional saxophonist most of my life. I have recorded with many rock, blues and jazz greats including REM, Elton John, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Jackson and Richard Thompson. Most of my current work is as a composer and producer of music for TV and Film.

Sax on the Web - SOTW and my own site -


Sax on the Web - SOTW and my own sites: Taming the Saxophone - intermediate to advanced saxophone studies. Saxophone- the Easy Way to Learn (instruction DVD) and Taming The Saxophone Vol 1 (Tone Without Tears)


I studied saxophone at Leeds College of Music (Diploma 1st class). I devised and presented the Music Makers saxophone tuition DVD. I have worked as head of jazz and pop performance at Southampton University, where I also taught saxophone and composition.

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Recent Answers from Pete Thomas

2014-04-07 I forget using the tongue when I play.:

It's absolutely not necessary to tongue every second note with swing, however it is also OK to do so. Both ways are perfectly acceptable.    But if you do want to make it more automatic, then you just

2011-01-03 Sax Set Up:

I think the mouthpiece can make a lot moire difference than the saxophone. Your tenor mouthpiece is completely different to your alto mouthpiece, so is very likely to tend towards a different sound (which

2009-11-05 playing notes off registar on alto sax (or any sax):

Hi David    These are called altissimo notes, ie higher than the standard range up to F (or F# these days). There is a fingering chart for altissimo on my site at <

2009-08-11 Saxophone or Clarinet??:

If the holes and kets are the same as a clarinet, then this is probably a metal clarinet. I don't have one so I can't confirm this from your dimensions,but that seems very likely.    These were made mostly

2009-07-18 Tenor Sax:

This is a definitely a professional quality saxophone, but I have never played one of these. The closest I have played would be a Yamaha alto (YAS62), which in my opinion was as good as a Selmer MKVI,


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