The JP042 Bb tenor saxophone is ideal for beginners or for those wanting to source their own instrument at an affordable price. This saxophone is designed to take the player through the lower grades and provide an introduction into saxophone playing.
There are many features on the JP042 that are present on more professional models, a fully ribbed construction and double spine on B & C keys provides additional strength.
An underslung octave mechanism also improves instrument reliability whilst blue steel springs are rust resistant with better tension memory.
Italian leather pads create a great seal that translates into a fuller sound that is more responsive which lasts longer than conventional pads.
Resonator pads also improves projection and gives the tone more depth. The instrument also features High F# and Front F keys and a floating plate design for the little finger (left hand) cluster, this aids faster movement once players have become more proficient.
An adjustable thumb rest allows a more natural and comfortable hand position to be achieved. A sling ring also provides the opportunity to make the instrument even lighter with the use of the provided sling or harness.
The appearance of the JP042 has been enhanced with engraving, abalone pearls and a range of modern finishes.
Quite frankly, blows all the other intermediate instruments clean out of the water. There is now no point buying anything else until you feel you are ready for your first professional standard hooter. No point. Even then, it will make a very useful spare! This tenor has a distinctive and very bright sound, ideal for cutting through in this context. Also, I felt that I had unrivalled access into the altissimo register, and I was able to play cleanly up to the F# above top F#. The lower harmonics especially felt very easy, and the top G# available here was the best I have ever had. On the quiet numbers, it was very easy to produce a bluesy subtone. The feel of the keywork was very positive, especially the low Eb/C and the left hand little finger stack, and the instrument felt proper. Unlike most budget instruments, it weighs the same as a real one, and it's lacquer job leaves nothing to be desired.
The guys at Selma were really impressed with how well it was kept. Everything has worked and to me, it still feels sturdy and accurate in the mechanics. Amazing! I'm teaching about 20 kids and adults on a weekly basis and I always recommend your horns to them. Because in my experience they sound good, tune good and are worth their pennies! My saxophone arouses a lot of questions from my colleagues all over Europe and I always tell them that I love this saxophone and been using it instead of the Selmer. What I really like with the saxophone is the sound, it sounds fatter and wider than my mark VI will ever do.
The JP042 is supplied in a hard case which has D rings that can facilitate a shoulder strap for ease of transportation along with a JP mouthpiece, cap, ligature, JP "Well slung" sling and reed.