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by saxigurl
(8 posts)
17 years ago

A-440?

I was just wondering if anyone could tell me what it means to say a sax has an A-440 frequency and how do you tell if that's the frequency you have?

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  1. by Dave Dix
    (421 posts)

    17 years ago

    Re: A-440?

    A=440 means the concert pitch (2nd B on tenor ,low F# on alto ,2nd F# on bari ,low B on soprano and 1st A on C melody ) all sound as 440Hz and if you go up an octave it would be 880Hz. Low pitch on vintage horns means 440 Hz and high pitch is above this so they cannot be used in modern music. A standard guitar tuner with a microphone for tuning acoustic guitars can be used for tuning a saxophone but all horns from around 1926 were low pitch except a few made by conn and possibly hawkes and son which went to low pitch by around 1930 Dave

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    1. by Sax Mom
      (964 posts)

      17 years ago

      Re: A-440?

      The 440 is the scientific frequency of the wave made by the tone. On high-pitch horns, A was at a frequency of 400, I believe.

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  2. by jamterry
    (573 posts)

    17 years ago

    Re: A-440?

    If you want a true A=440, get an A tuning fork. I use that one and a C=523.25 too. They are also a good demonsrtration for kids learning about pitch. Electronic tuners are great but not absolutely true. Sometimes I have to tune my synths as high as A=444. A=440 is the A above middle C on the piano. C=523.25 is the C above that.

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    1. by saxigurl
      (8 posts)

      17 years ago

      Re: A-440?

      So in order to know if my saxophone is an A-440 pitch I have to use a tuner to see?

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      1. by Dave Dix
        (421 posts)

        17 years ago

        Re: A-440?

        if your sax was made after 1930 it will be modern pitch A=440. High pitch were more like A=456

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        1. by saxigurl
          (8 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: A-440?

          hmmm, I was just wondering b/c someone asked me if my saxophone was A=440 or A=442 and I didn't know what it was, do you think if it was made after 1930 it could have an A=442 pitch?

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        2. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: A-440?

          i doubt it but what sax do you have and then i can tell you 100% on its pitch Dave

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        3. by saxigurl
          (8 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: A-440?

          I have a SML Gold Medal w/ serial number 19216

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        4. by Dave Dix
          (421 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: A-440?

          That was made in 1965 and is definately lo pitch A=440 Dave

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        5. by saxigurl
          (8 posts)

          17 years ago

          Re: A-440?

          Thanks bunches Dave :-D

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