Sunday, September 9, 2007

Contrabass saxophone


The contrabass saxophone is one of the lowest-pitched members of the saxophone family. It is extremely large (twice the length of tubing of the baritone saxophone, with a bore twice as wide, standing 6 feet four inches tall, or 1.9 meters) and heavy (approximately 45 pounds, or 20.4 kilograms), and is pitched in the key of EE♭, one octave below the baritone.

Especially in its lowest register, the instrument produces a massive and somewhat harsh, foghorn-like tone. Because of its extremely low register (like the contrabassoon), it can be difficult for listeners to perceive individual pitches; instead of hearing a clearly defined melody, listeners may instead hear a series of "buzzy" tones with little pitch definition.

Here is a page with some mp3's of the thing.

Tubax contrabass saxophone

7 comments:

Lloyd said...

Love those low notes. You should also go to Youtube and punch in Abrandsma for some good BBb bass sax tunes. Leebm29

Learn and Master Guitar said...

Whenever I hear the sound of the saxophone, It reminds me of my children because they are so dear to me. Sound of the saxophone may it be lo low pitch or somewhat harsh still it makes someone's heart alive and happy.

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Mark said...

I've always liked these instruments, but I would have liked to watch the video, but it seems it's damaged. Any ways, nice post.

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