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 Doubling clarinet with tenor sax?
Author: lisseyjj 
Date:   2017-08-06 21:37

I've played the clarinet for the past 8 years or so, and I'm thinking about maybe adding the tenor saxophone to my repertoire of instruments.
My school are interested in the idea of me doubling for the jazz band, as I play the tenor sax part on my clarinet anyway.
I borrowed an alto from my school for a week or so and I managed to pick it up quite quickly (all the notes, embouchure, started on alternate fingerings) within a day or so. I was blasting Careless Whisper like on the recording lol.
If my school had a tenor then I would borrow that and compare the two, but they don't.
Are there any reasons to suggest I shouldn't double up?
I know that clarinettists often struggle with a 'too strong' an embouchure for the sax, but could this be counteracted with a stronger reed? Say 3 1/2 or 4? I use 2 1/2 on clarinet with a pretty closed mouthpiece (1.05mm)
Also, I only have a budget of around £300-£350 including a mouthpiece and all accessories and would prefer to not get a second-hand instrument as many need a lot of maintainance that I can't afford. I've seen Karl Glaser German horns and am thinking that's the way to go. Unless there are any new Yamaha's, Buffet's or Selmer's in my price range?
Would I benefit from buying an upgraded mouthpiece to make the cheap and cheerful sax sound a bit better? I'm not really interested in buying a more advanced horn after a while and it's a bit more of a 'side job' to the clarinet, so build quality isn't too much of an issue so long as it does the job.


Post Edited (2017-08-06 21:40)

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