Baritone/Bass Saxophones

Learning More About Baritone Bass Saxophones

The baritone bass saxophone is one of the largest in its family. It is a low-pitched instrument with a distinguishable sound, used mostly by experienced musicians who likely started with an alto. Because this is an advanced version, there are many used and pre-owned options on eBay that can be purchased at affordable prices.

What does a baritone saxophone look like?

There are several types in the woodwind family. At first glance, it may be difficult to tell one category apart from another but, upon close inspection, the differences are obvious.

A bari bass saxophone, sometimes called a bari sax, is made of thin brass. It has a conical tube with a wide end. The end forms a bell and has a small end connected to a mouthpiece. A loop is made in the neck to reduce its height. Within the mouthpiece, a reed and ligature work to create sound.

Are all baritones the same?

No, not all saxophones in this category are created the same. All versions were originally created with a Bb range. Musicians began to modify its playability to hit low. As a result, companies began to create the modified version for sale on the market. The way to tell the difference between the two versions is by comparing their height.

The unique baritone bass saxophone can last a long time. With proper maintenance and tuning, this heirloom can be passed down from one generation to the next.

Is it necessary to use a neckstrap with this instrument?

While its not necessary, it is recommended to use a neckstrap when using this instrument. It is heavy, long, and a bit awkward to carry. With a neckstrap, players can let go of the instrument and relax their shoulders. The neckstrap helps distribute weight evenly across the shoulders, neck, and shoulder blades. It also makes it easier to rest and hold the instrument at ones side when marching or at ease.

What type of music uses a bari?

A bari sax is used in many different settings. Most often, you will see this type of sax is used in the following musical ensembles:

  • Concert bands
  • Saxophone quartets
  • Orchestras (occasionally)
  • Jazz bands
  • Military bands