The inexpensive old trusty, Rico orange box


First year – size 2.0

Second year – size 2.5

The premium option, Vandoren blue box

Alto :

First year – size 1.5

Second year – size 2.0

Cleaning & Care

I prefer these pull-through swabs by Hodge, they are very absorbent, dry quickly, and even fit through the neck and mouthpiece!

Alto*/tenor :

*I linked the “tenor sax” swab because it works well for alto! In fact, it works better than the alto version because the alto weight feels too light.

There are also these “christmas tree” pad savers and honestly, I don’t recommend them.

For the saxophone neck

Neck Straps

The inexpensive old trusty, Rico string neck strap with a spring loaded hook.

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1. Mouthpieces

The inexpensive old trusty, the Yamaha 4C

Alto :

The standard classical mouthpiece, Selmer S80 C*

Great for concert band

Alto :

I use this!

The standard jazz mouthpiece, the Meyer 5m

Alto :

2. Ligatures

The old trusty, 2 screw metal ligature

Alto :

For a slight darker sound, the Rovner dark ligature.

Also, it’s a little bit easier to adjust!

Alto :