The bass saxophone is the second largest member of the saxophone family. It looks like a baritone saxophone, except it is larger, and it is made with a loop near the mouthpiece that extends it vertically. It is not used as much as since the contrabass voice is usually handled by other instruments with a lower range such as the tuba in wind bands and the double bass or electric bass in jazz bands.
Types of Bass Saxophones
Kinds of Bass Saxophones include the following:
B-flat bass saxophone
The B-flat bass saxophone is the modern bass saxophone. It is pitched in the key of B-flat.
Its sheet music is written in treble clef.
It produces a sound two octaves and a major second lower.
Its lowest written note is the B-flat below the staff, which is a concert pitch A-flat in the first octave (~51.9 Hz).
C bass saxophone
This type of bass saxophone is pitched in the key of C.
It was originally designed for orchestral use, but it is rarely used today.
The first exhibited bass saxophone was pitched in the key of C. It was made in 1841 by the saxophone’s inventor Adolphe Sax.
It has the distinction of being the first saxophone to be presented in public.
Choosing Bass Saxophones (Buying tips)
Quality: To ensure quality, top condition, and durability, get a brand new bass saxophone that comes with the newest mechanisms, a warranty, and store support.
Material: Choose a brass-plated bass saxophone instead of lacquered to get a darker and more resonant tone.