First, David Roach discusses the construction and history of the saxophone, using the alto as a model.

Construction of the saxophone :
History of the saxophone:

Next, he explores the other members of the saxophone family.

The soprano saxophone:
The character of the soprano:
Soprano technique:

The tenor saxophone:
Orchestrating the tenor:
Low register tenor:

The baritone saxophone:
Pan shot down and up the baritone:

The sopranino saxophone:
The bass saxophone:

Finally, David talks about jazz and different mouthpieces.

The classical mouthpiece:
The jazz mouthpiece:

The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at]