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John Packer JP245 Alto Saxophone

SKU: JP245O'Malley Musical Instruments
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Product Description

Price level: Intermediate Performance guide level: Step up/professional

Key: Eb

Features: Benefits:

  • High grade 80:20 brass For durability and sound quality
  • Underslung 8ve mechanism For reliability
  • Floating plate design for little finger (LH) cluster Aids fast movement
  • Full ribbed construction For strength, durability and extra resonance
  • 'Abalone' pearls To enhance appearance
  • Italian leather pads More waterproof so more reliable
  • Blue steel springs Rust resistant with better tension memory
  • Double spine on B & C For strength and reliability
  • Resonator pads For enhanced projection and tonal depth
  • Adjustable thumb rest Increases playing comfort
  • Adjustable back stops For easier adjustment and faster servicing
  • G#/Bb & F/F# independent adjustment Adds strength and rigidness and reliability
  • Lyre box For marching
  • Mechanism includes: High F#, Front F

Accessories: High quality 'shaped' lightweight case with backpack straps and shoulder strap, 'easy blow' mouthpiece, mouthpiece cap, ligature, reed and supportive sling

Variations: Nil

Benefits for Customer:

  • Very resonant and responsive due to professional design
  • Reliable
  • Complete package
  • Professional spec
  • High performance:cost ratio

Applications and Characteristics:

This is an all new design from JP. Designed as an intermediate alto saxophone; well-made and capable of playing to a high standard. It is supplied with a 'student friendly' mouthpiece and responds well to the addition of a professional mouthpiece which will substantially increase its performance capacity.

Weight and Dimensions:

6kg 66x20x31cms (single) 13kg 69x43x34cms (multiple)


Jazzwise Review- Spring 2012 "Every so often an instrument turns up on the test bench that really surprises us. . . . Solidly built, with some tasteful floral engraving that not only adorns the bell but also the upper body, the JP245 comes with indented mother of pearl style finger pieces and a top table and palm keys that are very similar in both size and shape to the Yamaha model. Blue springs are used throughout with metal reflectors and calf pads. A free and easy blower, the JP245 has a very positive and crisp action and produces a well balanced spread of sound with a full bodied and defined lower register - the altissimo also speaks nicely. I found the octave key particularly sweet and smooth and I appreciated the angle of the top F key - but that may well be down to my rather large digits! Intonation is excellent and the dynamic range is nothing short of remarkable for an instrument at this price point. Tonally the JP245 does not carry a unique voice, but it does have some bite and an interesting edge to the sound that would make it ideal for a big band horn section. Packed into a plush lined, compartmented, semi-solid zippered case with a sizeable zippered front pocket, grab handle, shoulder sling and a pocketed back harness, the JP245 is extraordinarily good value for money and comes highly recommended with a full 5 stars."