What Is a Saxophone Made Of?

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Saxophones are made of metal, and some will have nickel or brass, while others will be covered in lacquer. Find out how cork is used to protect the keys on a saxophone with help from a professional saxophonist in this free video on music and instruments.

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Hey, my name's Brian Medeiros. I'm going to explain what a saxophone's made of. Saxophones are made of metal. They have lots of different kinds. You can get nickel saxophones. This one is made of brass. Most saxophones have lacquer on them. This particular one does not have lacquer on it, that's why it looks kind of oxidized and a little bit old. It's also and also is made of these pads are made of kangaroo leather. And you can see the pads in there. And you also have lots of cork involved here where it protects the keys from bumping against the metal, and felt which also protects the keys from bumping against the metal. And there's also these blue steel springs on these, some springs are made from different kinds of metal. These are really nice ones. And the idea of the steel is to keep it from oxidizing with the horn, and keep the action nice and strong. And that is what a saxophone is made of.

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