Trevor James

Trevor James AlphaSax GL 371A


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Trevor James AlphaSax GL 371A

As one of the World’s leading woodwind designers and distributors, Trevor James have over the years been consistently receiving comments from parents and teachers about the problems facing a new and younger generation of players wanting to learn the saxophone. On further investigation they found that the major issues preventing the smaller and younger player from starting the instrument were the weight implications of (a) the instrument (b) outfit in carry case along with key positioning for the smaller hands.

The Alphasax™ is not designed to take the place of the normal alto instrument, but is designed with the sole intention to enable the younger player, who really wants to learn, to play now rather than have to wait until they grow! The finger positions on the Alphasax™ are more compact than a standard alto sax to reflect smaller hands. As hands grow larger, the ergonomics of the standard alto saxophone will enable a smooth transition. The Alphasax™ is in the key of Eb which is the same as the traditional alto sax. The innovative new mechanism has enabled us to maintain the finger positioning of a traditional alto saxophone, so you will be able to use the standard tutor books and happily learn alongside others.

How is the Design of the Alphasax™ different?

The new Alphasax™ is based around the original body tube of the multi-award winning Trevor James ‘Horn’ Classic alto saxophone with redesigned mechanism and tone hole positioning. This ensures that we meet the weight and finger positioning issues of the younger player whilst maintaining the excellent tonal characteristics contained within a Trevor James saxophone body.

Instrument weight = 1.86kg

Instrument case weight = 1.48kg 

Total package weight = 3.34kg

Trevor James ‘Horn’ Classic alto saxophone

Instrument weight = 2.45kg

Instrument case weight = 2.90kg

Total package weight = 5.35kg

Making the AlphaSax instrument and case over 2kgs lighter than the TJ 'Horn' Classic Alto Saxophone!


Technical Specification

- The left hand palm keys for top D#, E and F have been removed.

- The top D key has been adjusted to fit small hands.

- The low B & Bb keys have been removed.

- Redesigned G# and low C# keys are now easier to reach.

- The right hand side F# keys and side C key have been removed.

- Redesigned low D# and C keys are now easier to reach.

- The Alphasax retains a fully chromatic range from low C to high D.

- Bb bis and side Bb keys are retained.



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