Did you know the saxophone is the newest of the woodwinds instruments and was invented in 1845 by a Belgian, Adolphe Sax who learned to make instruments as a child in his father's shop. He invented fourteen types of saxophones. He studied clarinet and flute and decided to construct an instrument that would give the sound between a clarinet and the flute. It was mostly used in bands but gained popularity in the 20's because of jazz bands.
The most commonly used saxophones are the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.
History of sax: http://library.thinkquest.org/5116/saxophone.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxophone
Just a tidbit of info on this instrument that I enjoy so much.