The JSax is designed and made by Nuvo, who specialise in plastic instruments. Others from their range include the Toot, Dood and the Clarineo.
The jSax follows traditional saxophone fingering patterns and enables kids to develop sax embouchure and playing skills at an early age. It has a surprising mellow sax sound and is a lot of fun to play even for an accomplished amateur sax player.
The jSax is pitched in C like all other NUVO instruments so it can play along with all WindStars music. It has a fully chromatic range from middle C to G in the next octave. For beginners with small fingers there is a set of plugs (training wheels!) which can be used to help seal the tone holes in the early days of learning.
The jSax is lightweight and super-durable and is 100% waterproof making it very suitable for the classroom as well as a fun travel instrument.
The jSax uses the standard Nuvo resin reeds with a 1½ and 2 provided with the kit. It can also use an Eb clarinet cane reed and some soprano sax mouthpieces will also fit. You may also want to try the synthetic reed by Légère which fits all Nuvo instruments.
The jSax comes with a durable blow-molded case, carry strap and fingering chart.
The JSax is fairly new on the saxophone scene. Being a saxophone player myself, I know that you need to be a certain size before starting the full size saxophone, which can sometimes discourage small children from playing, as they have to wait until they are big enough to play. This makes the JSax is a great introductory instrument. To a child that is already playing recorder, the switch to the JSax minimizes to learning to press the keys rather than cover holes and learning the new embouchure. Pitched in C, it means that a child who is already learning recorder can pick it up and read the music they’re learning on recorder and play it on the JSax more or less straight away. They can also play together with other children easily, as they don’t have the problem of having to transpose, which they would have if they had a full size Alto saxophone.