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The saxophone was invented in 1846 by Belgian instrument maker, Adolph Sax. He wanted to create an instrument that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass, an instrument that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. Despite being made of brass it is still a woodwind instrument and is a transposing member of the single reed family. It has four common variants: soprano (Bb); alto (Eb); tenor (Bb) and baritone (Eb). As specialists we carry a broad range of both new and used instruments encompassing Selmer, Jupiter, Yanagisawa, Trevor James, Yamaha, Cannonball, and our own JP range.
Please click on the images below to further explore the wide range of saxophones we stock.

The JP Range of saxophones

We are passionate about making high quality saxophones and are always developing our instruments to further improve their performance. All of our saxophones are designed with ease of play, reliability and high sound quality in mind. Our whole range is manufactured using premium quality brass (80:20) and high class components (blue steel springs, Italian leather pads etc.) to ensure high performance, versatility, consistency and reliability. Our workshop is continually working to improve the design of the JP saxophone range which has recently seen a large amount of praise from saxophonists working professionally in the industry. Pete Long, session musician had this to say “These new saxophones are re-defining how we go to work. Never before has it been possible to a full professional level on anything other than a ‘professional’ standard instrument. This is a professional level instrument.” Below is an example of what one of our saxophones, The JP245, looks and sounds like. This alto saxophone is one of the most popular instruments amongst our customers. You’ll find other reviews and sound test videos on each instrument page in the ‘See & Hear’ tab. Click here to view the whole range of JP saxophones.


Like any other instrument, saxophones require a good level of maintenance to ensure they continue to shine, in sound and looks, for years to come. For those looking for guidance why not visit our saxophone maintenance guide with some helpful tips and tricks to keep your instrument in good working order. If you want to see exactly how it’s done have a look at our ‘How to maintain your Saxophone’ video from Gary Dickinson, our workshop manager. Do remember if you have any query, no matter how small, our workshop team is always there to help. Got a technical problem? Call 01823 338517 or email workshop@johnpacker.co.uk

Buyers guide

If you’re looking to purchase a saxophone for the first time, have a look at our specialist saxophone buyers guide which gives you impartial advice on what to look out for. As always we are only a call away if you have any queries. Do also remember that you have the option to hire before you buy. This is a great way to see if you’re serious about learning the saxophone without having to commit to buying an instrument straight away.

(link to saxophone buyers guide)