Choosing a Saxophone
A beginner instrument
Should beginners start with a soprano or alto saxophone?
The alto saxophone is easier to play than the soprano saxophone, and so it is a good choice for beginners.
A simple comparison of the length of the soprano and alto saxophones shows that they are about the same, 70 centimeters long. However, the alto has a bend, so the alto saxophone is about 1.5 times longer overall than the soprano saxophone, and because of that it is heavier as well. When performing, most of the weight of the alto saxophone is supported by the strap, and from the point of view of maintenance as well, the alto saxophone is a good first choice.