Brand Name: Rheuben Allen®
Country of Origin: United States of America
Product: Rheuben Allen Bass Saxophone Mouthpiece made from Hard Rubber
Model No.: RABaSMp
Material: Hard Rubber
Design: Traditional Style Chamber
Facings Available: 100, 115, 125, 135 tip openings
Available only on ra.com or at our Torrance Warehouse Price: $395.00
This design combines the traditional sound of the bass saxophone with the improved response of a modern mouthpiece. Different tip openings are available depending on what style of music and how you want the bass saxophone to feel when you are playing bass…..
The bass saxophone is one of the largest members of the saxophone family—larger than the more commonly encountered baritone saxophone . It was the first type of saxophone presented to the public, when Adolphe Sax presented a bass saxophone in C at an exhibition in Brussels in 1841. The modern bass saxophone is a transposing instrument pitched in B♭, an octave below the tenor saxophone. The bass saxophone is not commonly used in any music, but it is heard on some 1920s jazz recordings; in free jazz; and in the saxophone choir or “large ensemble” tradition.
The instrument was first used in 1844, both by Hector Berlioz in an arrangement of his Chant sacred, and by Georges Kastner in his opera Le Dernier Roi de Judas In the 1950s and 1960s it enjoyed a brief vogue in orchestrations formusical theater: Lenord Bernstein’s original score for West Side Story includes bass saxophone, as does Merdeith Wilson’s Music. Australian composer Percy Granger r and American composer Warren Benson = have championed the use of the instrument in their music for concert band.
Although bass saxophones in C were made for orchestral use, modern instruments are in B♭. This puts them a perfict fourth lower than the baritone sax and an octave lower than the tenor sax. The range is similar to that of the B♭ contrabass clarinet. Music is written in treble clef just as for the other saxophones, with the pitches sounding two octaves and a major second lower than written. As with most other members of the saxophone family, the lowest written note is the B♭ below the staff—sounding as a concert A♭ in the 1st octave (~ 51.9 Hz). By the way Benedikt Eppelsheim has recently been making bass saxophones to low A, same extension like in the bari sax. This sounds as a concert G in the first octave. (~ 48 Hz)
Until the start of the 21st century, the largest existing member of the saxophone family was the rare contrabass, pitched in E♭, a perfect fith lower than the bass. Inventor Adolphe Sax had a patent for a subcontrabass (or bourdon saxophone), but apparently never built a fully functioning instrument. In 1999, German wind instrument maker Benedikt Eppelsheim introduced the subcontrabass tubax, a modified saxophone pitched in B♭ an octave below the bass saxophone.