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Saxophone Installation Guide

This information is to be used as a guide only. Data is approximate. For best results, you should consult with the instructor before purchasing.

Saxophone Installation Guide

To use and enjoy playing this instrument, please assemble the instrument first. Please carefully read and follow the instructions below (The instructions illustrate an alto saxophone, but are equally applicable to soprano and tenor saxophones.):
  • From the saxophone body, carefully remove the small pieces of loose cube shaped cork dyed in red (usually positioned as indicated on Illustration A) that have been placed to prevent the keywork from moving in transit. There are about 6 pieces in total. Do not remove cork glued to the keywork or glued to the joint ends.
    Saxophone DiagramSaxophone Crook
  • Remove the black plastic transit protection cap from the top of the body by slackening the retaining screw and twisting the cap out (see Illustration B).
  • Smear a small amount of grease (not provided) on to the body joint and crook ends. This allows the sections to be more easily slid together when assembled.
  • Take the Body (1) and Crook (2) and join these together with a twisting motion.
  • Line up the Crook (2) (see Illustration A) and tighten the retaining screw (see Illustration B) to prevent the crook from moving out of position.
  • The Mouthpiece section comprises of 4 Separate parts (see Illustration C).
    Saxophone Mouthpiece
    Remove the Mouthpiece Cap, Ligature and Reed. When removing the ligature, be careful not to damage the reed. Now join the mouthpiece to the rest of the assembled saxophone, again using a twisting motion. The mouthpiece section must be aligned with the other parts in the correct position (see Illustration A).
  • To play the saxophone, the cane reed must be moistened. Then carefully positioned and damped on to the mouthpiece using the ligature (see Illustration D). Do not over tighten the ligature. Note: If the edge of the reed is damaged in any way, then replace it with the spare reed included with the outfit.
    Saxophone Mouthpiece
There are many tutor books, videos and CD ROM tutors available from musical instrument or sheet music stores to help you teach yourself to play the saxophone. We would also recommend you take lessons with a saxophone teacher.