Introducing the all new Hanson LX Custom Saxophone, proudly handmade in Marsden, West Yorkshire. The Custom LX not only looks the part thanks to its Silver bell and neck, but it plays like an absolute dream – think 1950’s Selmer Mark VI but with all the perks of modern day engineering.
Starting at £3,500
Our top of the range range Saxophone that will easily compete with the other big names Saxes thanks to its precise and accurate intonation and superior tone. If you’re tempted by a top end Yanagisawa or Yamaha you should seriously consider this first, as you’ll find yourself saving some serious cash. You can also purchase with the knowledge that you’re buying a Saxophone proudly made here in the UK.
Take a listen to what Nigel McGill of McGill Music Sax School has to say about the Custom LX.
Alto – from £3,500. Tenor – from £4,200 Baritone – from £7,100
DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM SAX HERE.
the custom builder uses photos of tenor tenor sax models. soprano, alto and baritone models also available
Classic Design, Modern Engineering
The recipe for our Hanson LX is to strip a 1954 Selmer Mark VI, strip it down to every single component part, invest in world leading analytical technology to inspect every component, and then build our own version using 21s century engineering and techniques. The result is a legend reborn.
The beauty of a hand-made Saxophone is that it affords the time in manufacturing to pay attention to the look the instrument. The contrast of bright Sheffield 925 Silver Plating on the neck and bell with the vintage looking Hand Rubbed Rubbed Raw Brass body creates a stunning looking Saxophone that pictures just can’t do justice.
Incredible Attention to detail
Being in the business for so long means we have learnt what Saxophone players desire in their Saxophones. Using this 30+ years of experience and top of the field engineers allows us to make an all round exceptional Saxophone with everything a player could need and want.
Fully Annealed Body, Bell and Neck
The fully annealed body, bell and neck allows for a more resonant sound with greater projection.
Premium Italian Pads
Our premium Italian pads are set to perfection using traditional shellac, ensuring there is a crisp ‘pop’ right down the sax and the lower notes are allowed to sing out.
self-adjusting spring-loaded screws and bearings
We’ve now made the self-adjusting spring-loaded screws and bearings from our LX model as standard on all our Saxophones. You’ll feel this difference in the rapid key action and you’ll love the reduced maintenance.
Stronger by Design
Our Saxophones are designed using new and cutting edge techniques and technologies that you will struggle to find in any other workshop in the world. All this makes our Saxophones some of the strongest and well made instruments on the market.
Genuine Mother of Pearl Touch Pieces
Genuine Mother of Pearl touch pieces feel amazing under the fingers and add that extra touch of enjoyment to the playing experience.
Beautiful Hand Engraving
We like to be sure that anyone playing our Saxophone will be happy to show it off, that’s why we go the extra mile with beautiful hand engraving on every Hanson Saxophone.
Adjustable thumb hook
All our Saxophones feature a fully adjustable thumb hook, which ensures optimum hand position and ultimate comfort while playing.
The Famous Hanson Warranty
As standard with all our Hanson Saxophones, you will get 5 years warranty and 5 years free annual servicing – for FREE!
Money Back Guarantee on upgrades
Buying a Saxophone can feel like a big investment, especially if you think you may want to upgrade in a few years time. That’s why we offer a money back guarantee on part exchanges of Hanson Saxophones whenever you upgrade to another model of Hanson Saxophone. This keeps your investment safe as you will not be losing any money when it comes time to upgrade.
body material: Yellow Japanese Brass
bell material: Yellow Japanese Brass
neck material: Yellow Japanese Brass
Pads: High Quality italian pads
Weight: Alto – 2,410g / Tenor – 3,195g
Touchpieces: Genuine Mother of Pearl
mouthpiece: Hanson 4C
Case: High Quality Shaped Case (Baritone includes a hiscox case)
other accessories: ligature, cap, reeds and neck strap
High F# Key: no high F# as standard, but can be fitted
First comes the body tube and the bell
Then we pull the toneholes
Next, we attach the posts to the body of the Saxophone and join the bell and body tube together
Then we begin to add the keywork to the Saxophone
With a few final touches, set-ups and and some finishing – we have a Saxophone!
Reserve this Saxophone
Enter your name and email below to get an email copy of your Sax Builder choices. You will then be redirected to our eCommerce site where you can place a £50 deposit to secure a place on the waiting list to have your custom LX built.
Welcome to the Hanson Saxophone Builder
On this page you will have the chance to build the Saxophone of your dreams and customise every part of your Saxophone. You will find these little question marksin various places within the builder, click on them to find out more information about our Saxpohones and set up options.
Once you are happy with your Saxophone set up, you may reserve and place a deposit on the Saxophone you have made by clicking the 'Reserve this sax' button. After filling in and submitting your details you will be redirected to our e-commerce site where you can place a deposit on the Saxophone and join the waiting list to have you very own Custom LX Saxophone hand made for you.
Blue Steel Springs:
Blue Steel Springs are supplied in our Custom LX Saxophones as standard. These springs are heat treated and very rigid yet not brittle. We find that these springs give a faster, cleaner, and snappier feel to the key work of a Saxophone.
Gold Plated Steel Springs:
Our Gold Plated springs are simply our Blue Steel Springs plated with nickel and then gold. These gold plated springs will feel similar to our Blue Steel Springs, but with the added advantage that will never corrode.
The lower the spring tension, the easier a key will be to press down, and the higher the spring tension, the harder it will be to press a key down. If you do not have a preference, leave the slider set to 50%.
Venting refers to how efficiently sound waves are able to escape the body of your Saxophone. Many factors and variables will effect the venting on your Saxophone, but one key way to control venting is properly setting the key heights.
The key principle of this is: moving the pad away from the tone hole will make the note more free blowing with a sharper pitch; and moving the pad closer to the tone hole will give you a less free blowing note with a flatter pitch. If you don't have a preference, or are unsure on what key height you may prefer, just leave the slider set to medium and our technician will set the keys to 'standard' height, which will work nicely for most players.
Come and See us
Visitors are welcome to our workshop and showroom but please do help us to help you by making an appointment.
Make an appointment online or by telephone.
Monday - Closed to the public
Tuesday - Friday 09:00-17:30
Saturday - 10:00-16:00
Sunday - Time for Practise - a few bars may need checking out!
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