Saxophones for one-handed playing

Such an adaptation requires a complete redesign of the key system, and sometimes also the tonehole layout. So we could well speak of a rebuilt of the instrument.  Of course, quality of tone, accuracy of tuning are important as well as ease of playing and ergonomics of holding the instrument.

The images and videos below give some idea of the possibilities.
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This tenor saxophone is adapted for right handed playing. At the bell is is fiexed to the stand with an elastic strap which can be tied with one hand.

This is the one-hand tenor seen from the back, From here the cable system is visible. Vey thin bowden cables from the supermaterial Dyneema are used to link key mechanisms.

Thumb keys on the rear of the one hand tenor sax. The thumb controls the octave key and the low B and bB.

Right hand section of the one-hand tenor, showing unique clover leaf keys with 3-way action



One hand alto sax. As the playey had a partially functional left hand, she could balance the instrument holding a wooden ball. The weight is supported by a click-on single leg.


Complex cable system to guide all the key movements.

Detail of cable control on palm keys.

One hand soprano saxophone using double action keys.


Detail of double action keys. At the connection point there is a roller for smooth transfer of the finger position.


A shoulder support to carry the weight of the instrument. This is neccesary to have all fingers available for operating the key system.

One handed soprano sax: detail of key system


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