So I got a grassi tenor saxophone, the seller says it’s made in the early 70s. Well looking at fingering charts, the fingering for a “B” will play a “A” on my Saxophone, “C” will play a “B” and so on. Is my saxophone made to play like that? Any adjustments with the mouthpiece and neck doesn’t do anything
You surely made the “novice error” every woodwind beginner player makes.
Before taking any action, read about transposing in this forum, or everywere on the net.
The tenor is a Bb instrument. This means that when you play a C (middle left finger key only) it sounds a Bb (or A# which is the same). So if you read a tuner, it’ll display Bb when you finger a C and A when you finger a B. It’s normal. Tenors sound 2 semitones below the written (fingered) note.
The MP adjustments on the neck shifts tenths of a semitone for fine tuning only.
Just move up one whole step, that is if you are looking at a concert key
written C in concert then you play D on your tenor sax, which on the tuner it would show C
if it was A concert you would finger the B note on sax, which the note A would show on tuner
and so on.
If you want a good tuner that supports transposing, this is the best I’ve found so far. Only android version, no iOS so far. The transposing, along with other interesting features are available only in the paid version (around $2).