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Series VIII

Soprano - Alto - Tenor - Baritone

An Introduction

The Hanson Series VIII are superbly capable and reliable Professional Saxophones.   Whether this is your first stop in a journey through the World of professional level Saxes or if you are looking to upgrade your trusty but tired ‘Yammy 62’ this is the sax for you. 

Superb quality manufacture.  5 years unlimited warranty.  5 years free servicing,  The Series VIII strikes a fine balance between comfortable playability and excellent versatility.  A great gigging horn that’s ready to be worked hard and stand the test of time.

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Price Range

Starting at £1,400



For more than a decade the Hanson Series VIII has been our best selling line of saxophones.   Thanks to its high end performance and solid construction it’s a firm favourite with professional and aspiring players.   Consistent and reliable the Series VIII is a true professional model, expertly made and with quality that will stand up to being gigged hard.

Models featuring our special thin wall design are some of the most resonant ever saxophones, rewarding you with a clearer, cleaner and  and brighter voice and improved response throughout the entire range.

See it in action with Kim Nishikawara here.



Price list


Alto – from £1,440

Tenor – from £1,670

Soprano – from £1,450

Baritone – from £4,200



Deep Gold Lacquer

Hand Rubbed Raw Brass

Hand Rubbed Raw Brass Body and Deep Gold Lacquered Keys

Black Body and Silver Plated Keys




Fully Acoustically Annealed Body, Bell and Neck

A special heat treatment known as annealing is applied to body, bell and neck.  Improved response, resonance, tone and projection. 


Premium Italian Pads

Our premium Italian pads are set to perfection using traditional shellac, ensuring there is a crisp ‘pop’ right down the sax and the lower notes are allowed to sing out.


self-adjusting spring-loaded screws and bearings

We’ve now made the self-adjusting spring-loaded screws and bearings from our LX model as standard on all our Saxophones. You’ll feel this difference in the rapid key action and you’ll love the reduced maintenance.


Stronger by Design

Our Saxophones are designed using cutting edge techniques and technologies that you will struggle to find in any other workshop in the world. All this makes our Saxophones some of the strongest and well made instruments on the market.  


Genuine Mother of Pearl Touch Pieces

Genuine Mother of Pearl touch pieces feel amazing under the fingers and add that extra touch of refinement to the playing experience.


Beautiful Hand Engraving

We like to be sure that anyone playing our Saxophone will be happy to show it off, that’s why we go the extra mile with beautiful hand engraving on every Hanson Saxophone.


Adjustable thumb hook

All our Saxophones feature a fully adjustable thumb hook, which ensures optimum hand position and ultimate comfort while playing.


The Famous Hanson Warranty

As standard with all our Hanson Saxophones, you will get 5 years warranty and 5 years free annual servicing.


Money Back Guarantee on upgrades

Buying a Saxophone can feel like a big investment, especially if you think you may want to upgrade in a few years time. That’s why we offer a money back guarantee on part exchanges of Hanson Saxophones whenever you upgrade to another model of Hanson Saxophone. This keeps your investment safe as you will not be losing any money when it comes time to upgrade.



body material: Yellow Japanese Brass

bell material: Yellow Japanese Brass

neck material: Yellow Japanese Brass

Pads: high quality italian pads

Weight: Soprano – 1,300g / Alto – 2,455g / Tenor – 3,530g

Touchpieces: Genuine Mother of Pearl

mouthpiece: Hanson 4C

Case: High Quality Shaped Case (Baritone includes a hiscox case)

other accessories: ligature, cap, reeds and neck strap

High F# Key: no



First comes the body tube and the bell



Then we pull the toneholes



Next, we attach the posts to the body of the Saxophone and join the bell and body tube together



Then we begin to add the keywork to the Saxophone



With a few final touches, set-ups and and some finishing – we have a Saxophone!




Come and See us

Visitors are welcome to our workshop and showroom but please do help us to help you by making an appointment.

Make an appointment online or by telephone.

Weekdays -  09:00-17:30
Saturday - 10:00-16:00
Sunday - Time for Practise - a few bars may need checking out!



Hanson Musical Instruments
West Yorkshire