Looking for a gift for a saxophone player but don’t know where to start? We’ve done the leg work to find out what these cool cat musicians really want.
Sax players obsess over their reeds (although many not as much as Oboe players). Help him or her worry less with this great humidity-controlled case that will keep reeds pristine and playing great longer. It stores 8 reeds and has three humanity settings— 58%, 73%, and 84%–for flexibility in different environments. This is by far our most popular gift idea with saxophone players.
Curious about how the saxophone came to be such an icon? The Devil’s Horn: The Story of the Saxophone, from Noisy Novelty to King of Cool is a well-researched account of the instrument’s 160 history. It explores not only the art, but the cultural and political influences of the iconic sax. Makes the trumpet
look positively boring.
Feel the force with this book of Star Wars solos for saxophone. Musicians improve by playing music that’s fun to play – and it’s hard to beat Star Wars when it comes to fun and excitement. Complete with 16 favorite tunes and a CD you can play along with – a real bargain gift that’s sure to be appreciated!
Transport your sax player to the magical land of Harry Pottery with this fantastical book featuring the films’ top hits. From Harry’s Wondrous World to the Hogwart’s March, there’s plenty of excitement in store!
Calling all Disney fans. This book of 72 top Disney songs has something for everyone. These are easy to play and fun to listen to. Great for newer players or those with a few years of experience.
Saxophone players are the highest form of human, according to some. Let the world know it with this funny t-shirt showing the linage from caveman to jazzy sax player man.
7. LEGO sax player
Yes that’s right – LEGO has developed its own sax player figure. A must have for any collector, kid or kid at heart.
Probably the most important ergonomic factor in sax playing, a good neck strap can make a huge difference in comfort. We recommend the Soft Sax Strap which distributes the weight evenly, makes the sax feel much lighter, and is washable – which is critical. Users rave about this strap, considering it the gold standard for sax players.
This high-quality 6.5 inch replica is an eye-catching decoration, great for desks or small shelves. Zoom in to see how great the detail is. A gift that will last a lifetime.
Display a piece of history with these schematic diagrams detailing the U.S. patents for the saxophone. The four prints include Leon Leblanc’s 1964 patent and a later 1972 patent by Vito Pascucci. A great conversation piece that will add character to any room.
The one gift a saxophone player is guaranteed to never return: more reeds. We recommend the Vandoren reeds, pictured here, for their superb response across all dynamic levels. Players consider these to be the very best made reeds available.
Sometimes it’s impractical to lug a saxophone on vacation. Don’t miss a beat with the pocket saxophone. Easy to pick up for any sax player, it has its own unique sound and playing qualities that make it a fun diversion as well as a great way to keep in shape while on the road. Also great for children interested in exploring the saxophone.
This high-tech lamp will wow your sax player, projecting the instrument on a 2D plate that tricks the eyes into seeing a 3D projection. Turn a dull room into a a cool hangout with a flick of the switch.
An old standard, this is considered the bible of method and technique. If your sax player doesn’t have it, he or she should.
Considered one of the most talented tenor performers of his day, Sonny Rollins
comes to life on this brilliant CD that captures the color and character of the sax like few others. The performances on this 1956 CD set the bar for years to come.
Add some flare to the wardrobe with this cool-looking t-shirt. The saxophones are stacked in a retro colored pattern. Great to wear at casual gigs or around town. It’s light weight and has a classic fit.
What should you avoid giving a sax player?
1. A Kenny-G CD. While Kenny G may be a great musician, but he’s not appreciated by sax purists due to his unorthodox tone quality.
2. A super cheap new saxophone. If you know the model he or she wants, wonderful – it will be greatly appreciated. But otherwise avoid without getting input – especially that “deal” you just saw on eBay.
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