Voyager Saxophones are a unique new design offering unprecedented consistency across the range of the instrument.
The idea behind Voyager Saxophones was to reinvent a brass-bodied conical woodwind. Rather than try improving on existing instruments, I started with the most basic concepts, focused on achieving overall purity and consistency. Unlike all other modern saxophones, the tone holes on Voyager Saxophones have consistent size and spacing with no ‘cross-fingering’. To achieve this, I had to design a key system that has a completely different mechanical function but is played using traditional fingerings.
With our “Unity” key system, the tone hole chimney is eliminated, leaving the same undisturbed conical bore profile for every note, helping to provide excellent consistency across the range of the instrument. The heightless tone hole also raises cut off frequencies, helping to provide a rich and colorful tone.
All Voyager saxophones will have a natural range from low A to high G. The projected prices are;
The Cosmonaut- Curved or Straight Soprano in Bb or C
The Astronaut- Curved or Straight Alto in Eb
The Argonaut- Curved or Straight Tenor in Bb or C
The Psychonaut- Baritone in Eb
The Juggernaut- Bass in Bb or C
On stage with the great Mitch Leith.
Q: Will it work?
Q: What about mouthpieces and reeds?
A: Voyager saxophones are designed to be played with existing mouthpieces. As with traditional saxes, every player will have to find the mouthpiece that works best for them.
Q: What's with the grudge against traditional instruments?
My name is Richard Brown, I’ve been a saxophonist for 25 years. I studied saxophone performance at Idaho State University and Band Instrument Repair Technology at Renton Technical College. At RTC, I focused not only on repairing but also building instruments. By the time I graduated, the idea for Voyager saxophones had begun to take form. I’ve worked on this design for over six years – seeking advice from acoustic and mechanical engineers, sax repair techs and other players and builders – while I’ve also studied CNC machining and Industrial Production technology, always looking for new ways to approach saxophone building.
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