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    Yanagisawa (Martin) T-800 Tenor Saxophone Worn Original Lacquer

    Rare opportunity to buy a professional tenor from one of the ‘big four’ makers for the price of a used student Yamaha 26 tenor. This horn is obviously pretty worn looking. It’s on consignment and it has mostly original (old) pads from around 1980 when it was made. It still plays on them, but would be better with more pads replaced. I just got it cleaned up and tuned up for $150, so it has a basic playing condition job on it. These early 80’s Yanagisawa tenors are just fantastic sounding. Big, fat, warm, in-tune, and ergonomically very comfortable. They’re hard to beat for the money for sure. This one also has some features that anticipate the T880 like some double key arms on low keys.

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    Yanagisawa 880 Tenor Saxophone 139xxx

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      Yanagisawa 992 Tenor Saxophone 238xxx Beautiful!

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        The bronze and solid silver Yanagisawa tenors are among the best tenor saxophones made today. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. They have the best build quality of any modern saxophone, across the board, and the best factory setup and pad work, which is very important.

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        Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Excellent Condition Aubra Graves’ Horn 117796

        The Yanagisawa A-880 is just about my favorite modern alto. Certainly my favorite under $5000. It’s rich, warm, responsive, and in tune. It works with almost any mouthpiece, feels comfortable under the fingers, and has some of the best build quality of any saxophone. The 880 series from the 80’s was Yanagisawa’s top of the line. It has a warmer, more complex tone than the 990/991/WO-10 that came after it. This one is in gorgeous shape. I just got it all tuned up, with some pads replaced and everything ready to go out of the case. It plays great! This horn also comes with signed paperwork from the family of Aubra Graves, attesting that this alto came from his small collection of horns. If you don’t know Aubra’s playing, look him up on YouTube, and get ready to be inspired! The first time I listened to his playing, my jaw must have hit the floor. I just couldn’t believe it. I hope I play half that well in my 80’s and 90’s!

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        Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone

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          The 880 is what I always recommend to people looking for a great modern horn under $2000 that has a tone with a vintage element. This horn has an unusually rich, complex tone that is medium bright and has a nice lyrical, singing quality to it. It has a lot of flexibility according to what mouthpiece you choose, tone wise. The intonation and ergonomics are great, much like all the modern Yanagisawas.

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          Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone

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            This is a really special Yanagisawa Alto saxophone previously owned and played by a pro player who is very picky about his horns. This horn has an unusually rich, complex tone that is medium bright and has a nice lyrical, singing quality to it. It has a lot of flexibility according to what mouthpiece you choose, tone wise. The intonation and ergonomics are great, much like all the modern Yanagisawas.
            Cosmetically, this horn is beautiful. It has no dents or dings or resolders, and the original neck is in great condition as well. The lacquer shows some normal wear in the usual places from playing. This horn ships in the original case, and it should make somebody really happy. It’s an outstanding saxophone for any price, and lucky for you, it’s priced very reasonably.

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            Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone

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              This is a freshly-overhauled 880 alto with a little bit of lacquer wear. If you read around on here, you’ll know that I think that the 880 is one of the best alto saxophones that you can buy for a number of reasons (great tone, great ergonomics, great build quality, great intonation). This horn sings with a medum bright tone with a nice substantial core to it. It has a beefy kind of core to it, and it sounds great for a wide range of styles of music, a lot like a Mark VI. The intonation is excellent, as is the build quality generally. It has a high F#. The ergonomics are modern and very comfortable. This horn will do it all, and it’s quite a bit cheaper than most other altos of this calibre.

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              Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone

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                The 880 is what I always recommend to people looking for a great modern horn. This horn has an unusually rich, complex tone that is medium bright and has a nice lyrical, singing quality to it. It has a lot of flexibility according to what mouthpiece you choose, tone wise. The intonation and ergonomics are great, much like all the modern Yanagisawas. Cosmetically, there is some light lacquer wear on the back of the body tube and in several other places. No repairs or past damage. This horn has good pads that are in the middle of their lifespan, and it is playing well and needs nothing. It ships in the nice original case.

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                Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone Near Mint

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                  The Yanagisawa (pronounced Yah-nuh-geh-sah-wah) A-880 is my overall favorite modern alto, and this is one of the nicest ones that I have seen. These horns are handmade in a small factory in Japan, and they are made by highly-skilled craftspeople who are producing the best-built saxophones in the world today. I played a Yanagisawa for many years before “going vintage,” and I love to recommend these to people who want the best tone possible, and who also want the convenience of modern keywork and very easy intonation (and a high F# key).

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                  Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone Near Mint

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                    The Yanagisawa (pronounced Yah-nuh-geh-sah-wah) A-880 is my overall favorite modern alto, and this is one of the nicest ones that I have seen. These horns are handmade in a small factory in Japan, and they are made by highly-skilled craftspeople who are producing the best-built saxophones in the world today. I played a Yanagisawa for many years before “going vintage,” and I love to recommend these to people who want the best tone possible, and who also want the convenience of modern keywork and very easy intonation (and a high F# key).

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                    Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone Near Mint

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                      The Yanagisawa A-880 is one of my favorite altos of all time, and this is the best 880 that I have played so far. This horn has only the lightest of wear. This horn sings with a medium bright tone with a nice substantial core to it. It sounds great for a wide range of styles of music, a lot like a Mark VI. The intonation is excellent, as is the build quality generally. It has a high F#. The ergonomics are modern and very comfortable. This horn will do it all, and it’s quite a bit cheaper than most other altos of this caliber.

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                      Yanagisawa A-880 Alto Saxophone Near Mint

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                        The Yanagisawa A-880 is one of my favorite altos of all time, and this is the best 880 that I have played so far. It is just back from Matt Stohrer, who replaced 14 pads and worked his magic generally, so that the horn feels very snappy under the fingers and should be good to go for a long time. This horn has only the lightest of wear. A couple of speckles on the neck, and a spot of wear on the side Bb key are about all that I see.  I will be sorry to see it go, but I plan on keeping a nice 880 on the site when at-all possible, so check back if this one sells. They are very consistent and very good every time.

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                        Yanagisawa A-901 Alto Saxophone

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                          The Yanagisawa A-901 is a horn that I played for many years, so I know it well. It has a clear, round, medium bright tone that works great for all kinds of playing situations. The intonation and ergonomics are also very good across the board. It’s an ideal alto for a serious player on a budget. You get a top quality horn that holds its value without spending a lot.

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                          Yanagisawa A-901 Alto Saxophone in Silver Plate

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                            This is a nice, silver-plated Yanagisawa A-901 alto. These are very high-quality, flexible altos that work great for a serious player who wants a top-quality instrument under $2k. I played an A901 for many years and loved it. The silver plate on this horn is almost all there, but there is some corrosion as well (see pictures). The pads are in excellent condition and almost all of them are new. They were replaced by Matt Stohrer, who does great pad work, so the horn is really in TOP playing condition and feels very good under the fingers. This means that the horn will be in great playing condition for many years to come.

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                            Yanagisawa A-901 Alto Saxophone Near Mint

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                              The Yanagisawa A-901 is a horn that I played for many years, so I know it well. It has a clear, round, medium bright tone that works great for all kinds of playing situations. The intonation and ergonomics are also very good across the board. It’s an ideal alto for a serious player on a budget. You get a top quality horn that holds its value without spending a lot.

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                              Yanagisawa A-990 Alto Excellent Condition! Plays Great 176857

                              Absolutely gorgeous example of one of my favorite modern alto saxophones – the Yanagisawa A990 professional alto. By the way – for you parents out there wondering Yah-nuh-gih-sah-wah is how you pronounce it. The 990 is the top of the line model, equivalent to the subsequent A991 and WO-10 models which you will also see around for sale, and also to the A880 which came immediately before. Yanagisawa also makes a slightly less expensive, but also professional line which lacks a few bells and whistles present on this line of instruments, called the A900, A901, and WO-1. It’s not too confusing once you get used to it, but I find that it is confusing to many folks initially when they start shopping for these, both to be confronted with the array of model numbers, and the two parallel lines of professional horns, and the difficult-to-pronounce-confidently-name.

                              Ok throat clearing how behind us, we turn to this extremely nice example of a Yanagisawa A990 alto. This horn is one-owner, and was very well cared-for. It shows very little use, no wear, and no previous or current damage or past repairs. It’s about as nice as you could ask for. The reason I like these horns a lot, is that the 880 and 990 models have a bit warmer, more complex tone than the 991 and WO-10 do. That extra warmth can give you just a bit of extra depth to the sound, though your choice of mouthpiece and reed will make a larger contribution. Besides that, you won’t find a modern saxophone that is better built than the 880/990/991 Yanagisawa saxophones. That’s because Yanagisawa makes only saxophones, and has been doing so for 90 years. The company is small and highly specialized, and its workers are all master builders, capable of building one of these single-handed, and taking turns on the different steps to keep the work interesting.

                              So if you’re shopping used saxophones and feeling nervous about upkeep, Yanagisawa is your safest bet, though you’ll also find good build quality on Yamaha pro saxes, and to a lesser extent on Selmer and Keilwerth, both of which tend to need more of a thorough overhaul when they burn through their intial factory setups.

                              This particular A990 has excellent pads, and plays great on them. It is just freshly tuned up, and responds easily throughout the entire playing range without any trouble. The tone is medium bright, and rich, and will darken down with a classical mouthpiece, or project extra with a higher baffle jazz mouthpiece. You can do what you want with it, because the intonation is good and the horn is not mouthpiece-picky at all. The keywork is comfortable and snappy, and the feel is nice under the fingers. The underslung octave key on these adds some interest to the look of the horn, and also works great as a mechanism.

                              If you want a horn that just works, dependably, tunes well, sounds great, and gets out of the way so that you can focus on the music, that’s what a Yanagisawa does for you. It’s easy to maintain, with just regular checkups and the occasional cleaning and adjustment. If you happen to be interested, I also have the A880 and the A991 in stock at the moment, and can even get you a great price on a new WO-1 or WO-10 if you email me directly.

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                              Yanagisawa A-990 Alto Saxophone

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                                Here is a very nice example of a Yanagisawa A-990 alto saxophone from Yanagisawa. This is Yanagisawa’s top professional model from the 1990’s and it is the predecessor of the current A-991. Sonically, this Yanagisawa is easily as good as any other professional alto saxophone that is being made today. It has amazingly good intonation, and a clear, round, medium bright tone that is suitable for all kinds of different playing situations, from classical to jazz and beyond. I have had several people come over looking at other horns and play this one and say WOW! If I needed an alto, I’d buy this! It is a fantastic player with a very good tone. It’s a deal at this price. Whoever gets this alto will be getting a great deal.

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                                Yanagisawa A-990u A990 Alto Saxophone

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                                  The earlier Yanagisawa altos are my favorites for tone quality, because they have a bit more character to the sound, and are not purely clear and round. This horn has a great tone that is medium bright with some complexity to it. Of course, all the fundamentals are there like you expect with Yanagisawa: the best ergonomics, excellent keywork and design, near-perfect intonation. This horn has no dents and no resolders. This horn was owned by a picky professional alto player who chose it out of tons of other horns. He traded it to me because he found an expensive tenor he just had to have. So now you have the chance to get one of the good ones! It has the original neck in great condition and it ships in the original case as well. 

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                                  Yanagisawa A-991 Alto Excellent Condition Plays Great 227791

                                  On trial Oct 20 2021

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                                  Yanagisawa A-991 Alto Saxophone

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                                    This is a fine example of Yanagisawa’s current-production alto saxophone. These horns are known for their excellent intonation, great tone, and long-term reliability and build quality.
                                    This horn is very clean with no past repairs and almost all its original lacquer intact. It has just had most of its pads replaced by an excellent saxophone technician and it is good to go for a long time. This is a fun horn to play, with a medium bright tone and an excellent setup. Here at GetASax, we only sell the best, so you can buy with confidence. 

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                                    Yanagisawa A-991 Alto Saxophone Like New MINT 310xxx

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                                      This is a like new example of a Yanagisawa A991 Alto. It’s even cleaner than a store demo horn, because it was bought new and played literally for under and hour. There is no wear of any kind and the pads also look brand new. This is Yanagisawa’s top professional model alto, and it features the best saxophone build quality in the world today. These are handmade in a small factory in Japan by a team of highly-skilled workers. It has “rib construction” which means that the keywork is attached to wide brass ribs on the body tube, giving it extra rigidity. This makes it stay in good adjustment even if you gig or travel with it a lot.

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                                      Yanagisawa A-9930 Alto Saxophone Solid Silver

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                                        This is a near mint condition Yanagisawa A9930 Alto Saxophone. These solid silver horns retail at extremely high prices because the silver is so expensive. This horn has the silver neck and body, and brass bell and keywork. It looks amazing, and there is hardly a scratch in the lacquer at all. This horn has a great ringing tone that is clear, round, and bell-like. Maybe a little darker than the 991 that this horn is the silver version of. The pads are in excellent condition, and there are no past repairs or dents or dings at all. This is a rare chance to get a solid silver Yanagisawa at a big discount.

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                                        Yanagisawa A-9935 Alto Saxophone 268xxx Solid Silver New Pads

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                                          The bronze and solid silver Yanagisawa altos are among the best alto saxophones made today. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. They have the best build quality of any modern saxophone, across the board. The solid silver horns are not only beautiful. They also have great potential to go up in value over time. Intrinsically rare, they are the “silversonic” of our day, and this makes them worth the investment for long-term ownership.

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                                          Yanagisawa A-9935 Solid Silver Alto

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                                            Yanagisawa A-9937 Alto Saxophone Solid Silver

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                                              This is a stunning solid silver Yanagisawa A-9937 alto saxophone (engraved on bell but not on keywork). The neck, body tube, bow and bell are all solid silver, and the keywork is brass as always. This horn has been lightly played and shows little wear, except some minor lacquer wear on some of the brass keywork and some scratching on the back of the body. More details coming soon, unless I keep it!

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                                              Yanagisawa A880 Alto Saxophone Excellent Condition

                                              This is a beautiful, time capsule Yanagisawa A880 Alto. It’s just about as close to perfect cosmetically as it could be and still be from the 1980’s. The pads are original, so plan on a repad, or get one done through GetASax as part of a purchase if you like (I don’t make any money on overhauls or pad work, but I’m happy to help you get it done.). It plays on the barely-used original pads, but they’re dried out. The Yanagisawa A880 is my favorite Yanagisawa version, because the tone is warmer and more complex than any other model, and the keywork is modern and comfortable, intonation is great. It’s a 10/10 winner of a saxophone. I love the new Yanagisawas as well, but the 880 will always have a special place in my heart. I have one myself!

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                                              Yanagisawa A880 Alto Saxophone Excellent Original Condition Great Deal!

                                              This is a very well built professional saxophone that was made in about 1985 by Yanagisawa, a small company in Tokyo that makes only handbuilt professional saxophones.  The Yanagisawa 880 is not a very well known instrument, and as such can be bought for much less than it is worth. What it is, besides a very good value, is an amazingly well crafted and very durable professional saxophone that will outlast anyone reading this, given proper care.  

                                              This particular instrument plays well on its original pads, and looks like it was purchased, played for a few years, and then put away  It should continue to play well for a good long while, but plan on repadding it at some point (or have me get that done for you) as the pads, being made of leather and felt, do feel the effects of time even if they are unplayed.  

                                              This horn is in excellent physical condition, bearing a few small scuffs and scratches here and there from honest use, but it has no evidence of dents or dings, either past or present, and no evidence of any past repairs major or minor.  It comes with its original, well-fitting case and original mouthpiece (which looks to have been made by Leblanc, who was their US distributor).

                                              This would be a perfect horn for someone looking to get their first professional saxophone, or for a professional player looking for a super solid backup horn.  It costs less than and is of a higher quality than the modern Taiwanese/Chinese/Vietnamese imports of various names, will last longer, and will hold its value much better.

                                              These horns play very well (this one included) and owning an instrument of such quality craftsmanship is a deeply satisfying experience that deepens the relationship between player and horn.  

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                                              Yanagisawa A880 Alto Saxophone Fresh Overhaul! Great Deal 113836

                                              The Yanagisawa A880 is one of my favorite modern altos. It combines Yanagisawa’s superior build quality, ergonomics and intonation, with a tone that is warmer, more complex and wide than later Yanagisawas. It plays beautifully and feels great, with fully modern keywork. It’s an excellent choice for a top quality modern professional alto in good playing condition that is priced quite reasonably.

                                              This horn has a fresh full overhaul done very nicely, and it feels like a new saxophone under the fingers. It has all new pads, corks, and felts, and it is mechanically tight and really great overall. That’s about a $1k job to overhaul a modern alto like this and do it right, so that’s a big added value for you. It means the horn will not need any significant work besides occasional checkups for many years! The only real past repair on this is the bow guard that was unsoldered to remove a dent at some point. It was done well, and it looks very good. Neck is in great shape, bell flare and body tube are undamaged. And under the fingers, it feels dry and snappy and fast.

                                              The 880 is such a great horn. I have one of these myself in my little collection of my favorite altos of all time. The reason it stands out is that it has some of the warmth and complexity of a vintage saxophone, while handling like a Lexus and tuning super easily.

                                              I’m also including the nice contoured case with this one. It has backpack straps and is nice and light for carrying.

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                                              Yanagisawa A880 Alto Saxophone Near Mint Condition! 156244

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Excellent Condition Great Deal 318710

                                              The Yanagisawa A901 is one of my favorite modern altos at any price. And it also happens to be amazingly affordable. I mean, this is almost the price of a student level Yamaha, for a pro Yanagisawa that has the best build quality of any modern saxophone maker. Yanagisawa is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and it has been making only professional saxophones for all of that time! Impressive. The 901 is the equivalent of the AWO-1 (which will cost you $3500 or so new online). And I like the 901 easily as well as the WO-1 if not better. It has a crisp, clean, projecting tone that is great for classical with a dark mouthpiece, or ideal for jazz with a brighter mouthpiece. It’s pretty hard to beat! This one is in extremely clean condition, and has been babied for its entire life so far. It shows nearly no wear, and plays great!

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Beautiful Condition 259808

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Good Condition Pro Alto All New Pads!

                                              This beautiful Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone is in excellent conditionl. It is also in very good playing condition, having just gotten all new pads.  The 901 alto is among my favorite modern saxophones, regardless of price. It tunes well, feels great under the fingers, and resonates with a very lively body tube. Yanagisawa altos like this are among the best built modern altos also, and that makes them reliable and easy to keep in good adjustment. Plus it sounds great with a projecting, medium-bright tone that works equally well for concert band or for jazz or whatever, depending on your choice of mouthpiece. It’s great that you can get a nice, pro alto like this in the price range of many student and intermediate saxophones. Get it now, and you won’t ever have to upgrade.

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Professional Near Mint!

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Very Good Condition

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                                              Yanagisawa A901 Alto Saxophone Very Good Condition Great Alto!

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                                              Yanagisawa A901B Black Lacquer Alto Saxophone Near Mint Condition Gorgeous

                                              This is a beautiful, near mint condition Yanagisawa A901B professional alto saxophone in excellent condition. It has original black lacquer with engraving cut through the black into the brass, giving the horn a beautiful two tone look. This horn just got tuned up thoroughly by Matt Stohrer, and it plays extremely well. I like the 901 the best of the modern Yanagisawa saxophones. It has a freer vibrating body tube than the 991, and it has a big, medium bright, open tone that works great for a range of playing settings. You can darken it up with a classical style mouthpiece, or you can brighten it up easily for jazz. Intonation and ergonomics are excellent. This horn is super well-built. Yanagisawa has the best build quality of any modern saxophone, and it will really hold up well over time.

                                              Only one available! This is a rare finish, and turns heads. I also have a fancy $1000 gold plated Yanagisawa neck I could throw in for $500, and a solid silver Yanagisawa alto neck I could include for $500 also.

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                                              Yanagisawa A990 Alto Saxophone 178002

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                                              Yanagisawa A990u Alto Saxophone 208288

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                                              Yanagisawa A991 Alto Near Mint Condition Beautiful

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                                              Yanagisawa A991 Alto Saxophone One Owner Near Mint Plays Great 283763

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                                              Yanagisawa A991 Professional Alto Saxophone Plays Great!

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                                              Yanagisawa A991B Black Lacquer Alto Saxophone 275294

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                                              Yanagisawa A992 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Excellent AWO20 289066

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                                              Yanagisawa A9932J Alto ‘Peter King Model’ Special Order Silver and Bronze!

                                              Fifty years from now, this is the saxophone you will wish you had bought and kept. It’s a 10/10 for a modern saxophone, with top quality build, materials, rarity, full engraving, and a great tone. Plus it’s repadded by Matt Stohrer.

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                                              Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone 316979 Mint Like New!

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                                              This mint/near mint high-end Yanagisawa A9933 Solid silver alto still looks and even smells almost like a new saxophone.  $3950 gets you the horn with the original solid silver neck. This thing plays amazingly well. If you want to add the second gold-plated, fully-engraved neck, add $500 (normally a $1000 upgrade).

                                              Yanagisawa is the Lexus of saxophones – precision crafted to the highest standards. Super reliable, sounds wonderful, and intrinsically satisfying to own. The 9933 is among the finest altos ever produced by any company, and it is going to hold its value over the long haul and probably be collectible someday. This is a great deal, and someone should jump on it!

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                                              Yanagisawa AWO10 Elite Professional Alto Saxophone Brand New Fantastic Deal! A991

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                                              Mint, unplayed, new in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal on this saxophone that you will find anywhere.  The AWO10 (formerly called A991) is Yanagisawa’s top of the line saxophone, made of solid brass, like most saxophones (as distinguished from their bronze and silver options that are significantly more expensive.)  This AWO10 just got checked out post shipping and is ready to play its very best right out of the case when you get it. It’s completely mint, with factory box and paperwork etc. You won’t find a better playing Yanagisawa AWO10, nor will you find a better price. I have an extremely limited number of these that I can offer you at this sale price. Good luck to the few people who are able to jump on this amazing deal!

                                              If you’re wondering, the AWO10 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A991 model. It has sturdier ‘ribbed construction’ and double arms on the bell keys, to distinguish it from its extremely similar but less expensive sibling, the AWO1 (A901). The Yanagisawa AWO10 also has the underslung neck octave key mechanism and fancy hand engraving. I love how the neck octave key looks and works. My first good alto was a Yanagisawa, and I never would have needed to upgrade from it. The tone is medium bright, clear, and round, with a crisp projection to it. With a classical mouthpiece, it darkens up beautifully while still shimmering. For jazz, it’s a natural lead alto with a brighter mouthpiece, like the GS New York or many others. The intonation is excellent. Keywork is super comfortable. The build quality that Yanagisawa offers is the best of any saxophone, and yet the price is lower than many of its competitors. That’s why Yanagisawa is SO popular among pro sax players, and why its saxophones are often back ordered with long waits. Here’s your chance to grab one at a SUPER price that is all setup and ready to go for many years making beautiful music dependably. It’s the Lexus of modern saxophones, and it just makes playing effortless.

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                                              Yanagisawa B-880 Low A Baritone Saxophone

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                                                The Yanagisawa company is known for making exceptional baritone saxophones, and this one is no exception. It has just had a couple of dents removed, and now it is in great condition with no dents at all.There is some moderate lacquer wear, but it still looks great. This horn has just had almost all its pads replaced so it is definitely playing GREAT and ready to go. The neck receiver has been replaced with an OEM Yanagisawa part, because it was not sealing perfectly. This horn plays great with a big rich sound, and you can easily subtone down to low A.

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                                                Yanagisawa B-901 Baritone Saxophone

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                                                  Yanagisawa is making some wonderful saxophones these days, and their sopranos and baritones are particularly great. This is a B901 bari in excellent condition. It has had a small dent removed from the bell flare, and there is some very light lacquer wear in a few places. Other than that, the horn is near mint, with no dents, dings, or past repairs. I am a big fan of Yanagisawa baris – they have amazingly good intonation across all three octaves, and the tone is warm, clear, and flexible. You can sound vintage with an older mouthpiece, or play R&B or funk just by swapping to a different mouthpiece. Ergonomics are very comfortable, and the horn feels light for being a low A.

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                                                  Yanagisawa B-991 Baritone Saxophone Mint

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                                                    This is a mint, like new Yanagisawa B991 Baritone saxophone. This is the premier bari sax in the world today, and it is often back ordered if you want to buy a new one. I’m offering a mint, like new example here for about $2000 off of the online price. This horn plays great and comes with the original neck, case, and mouthpiece.

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                                                    Yanagisawa B-992 Solid Bronze Baritone Like New

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                                                      This is a like new Yanagisawa B-992. It has never been played except to describe it just now. It’s exactly like a new one, but without the 6-month wait from Yanagisawa. This is just about the ultimate modern bari imaginable. The solid bronze really darkens and complexifies the sound (my experience is that the base metal definitely does affect the sound of saxophones in a clearly demonstrable and repeatable way – I currently have a full set of 992’s and the trend is very obvious).

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                                                      Yanagisawa B6 Vito Stencil Low A Baritone Saxophone Great Deal

                                                      These are the ‘before’ photos of this Yanagisawa baritone that will be back from a complete overhaul this week (September 2020). It’s going to feel and play like a new horn. I only raised the price a bit, and will be subsidizing the rest of the overhaul for you, so that you get an amazing deal! Nobody overhauls baritones and sells them for this price. Can’t beat it.

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                                                      Yanagisawa B6 Whitehall Baritone Saxophone Fair Condition 375676

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                                                      Yanagisawa B9930 Baritone Solid Silver + Silver Plate $14,000 new!

                                                      This is a beautiful (partially) solid silver Yanagisawa baritone. Yanagisawa makes the best baritones in the world today, and they always have a wait to get one from the factory. This bari costs $14000 to buy new today. It has the floor peg which you can only get special order in Japan.

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                                                      Yanagisawa Curved Soprano SC-991 Excellent Condition

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                                                      Yanagisawa Elimona S880 Soprano 140xxx

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                                                        Beautiful Yanagisawa S880 Elimona soprano. For warmth of tone, balance, great ergonomics, and beauty, these are among my favorite sopranos of all time. Plus they are quite reasonably priced!

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                                                        Yanagisawa Low A Baritone Saxophone Excellent Condition!

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                                                          Yanagisawa consistently makes world-class saxophones, and their sopranos and baritones are particularly excellent. The baritones are now very expensive new, but they are still often back-ordered! This is a beautiful example of a Yanagisawa baritone, which is similar to the B900 but made for sale under the Vito/VSP name. It’s exactly the same as the Yanagisawa branded baris like this, and it’s a great horn.

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                                                          Yanagisawa Prima Mark VI Copy Soprano w/ Custom 62R-style Neck

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                                                            This is a beautiful Yanagisawa S-800 Prima (handmade Mark VI copy) soprano in extremely clean condition. It has a fresh overhaul by Matt Stohrer and plays amazingly nicely. This was also the second horn that we did on a custom project to bend a straight, one piece soprano to have the bent neck profile of a Yamaha 62R. Branford Marsalis famously played a silver, bent neck Mark VI soprano that he had modified, and now, for the first time that I know of, there is something very similar available.

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                                                            Yanagisawa Professional Alto WO1 Model Like New, Excellent Deal!

                                                            This is the best all-around modern alto available today, when you factor in playability, tone, build quality, price, reliability, resale value, and beauty. It works great for any style of music, and with basically any mouthpiece. And since you can get top quality for this price, when you compare it to any other handmade, professional alto (Selmer Paris, Yamaha, Keilwerth) it’s just really hard to beat.

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                                                            Yanagisawa S-6 Mark VI Copy Soprano w/ Custom 62R-style Neck

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                                                              This is a beautiful Yanagisawa S-6 (handmade Mark VI copy) soprano in extremely clean condition. It has a fresh overhaul by Matt Stohrer and plays amazingly nicely. This was also the first horn that we did on a custom project to bend a straight, one piece soprano to have the bent neck profile of a Yamaha 62R. Branford Marsalis famously played a one piece, bent neck Mark VI soprano that he had modified, and now, for the first time that I know of, there is something very similar available.

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                                                              Yanagisawa S-800 Soprano Saxophone Martin

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                                                                The Yanagisawa S6 and S800 are very similar models of saxophone. While some people will try to distinguish them by palm keys, both horns have VI style inline palm keys. The Elimona and S900 that follow these models are the first to have modern palm keys. This particular horn is the Martin version that was sold by Martin in the USA, but is the same as any other S-800.

                                                                It is inspired by the Mark VI soprano, but general consensus seems to be that it plays better than a VI. Yanagisawa is a company that relentlessly improves its design, so it is not surprising that its hand-made S800 has better intonation and evenness of tone across the instrument than the Selmer that it copies. There are of course exceptions, and there are great VI sopranos out there for sure. But this is no step-down from a VI. It is every bit as good.

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                                                                Yanagisawa S-800 Soprano Saxophone Mint

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                                                                  This is a mint/near mint original Yanagisawa S800 Soprano. It is Mark VI style with a more-comfortable plastic thumb hook. The pads are older but still sealing well, and the horn plays great, with the typical Mark VI tone that so many players love so much on soprano. In case you are not familiar with these horns, Yanagisawa is a Japanese company that makes only saxophones, by hand, and that has been doing so for many decades now. In the 70’s and 80’s their design was heavily influenced by the Selmer Mark VI, and these sopranos are nearly exact copies, with equally good or better build quality than Selmer sopranos of this vintage (gasp!), and often better intonation.

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                                                                    The Yanagisawa S6 and S800 are very similar models of saxophone. While some people will try to distinguish them by palm keys, both horns have VI style inline palm keys. The Elimona and S900 that follow these models are the first to have modern palm keys. This particular horn is the rare and desirable “Prima” version of the S-800, which was also sold with just “Yanagisawa” on the bell (see the museum section of this site for one of those) and also with Martin on the bell. The Prima seems to have been the S800 for the Asian market (at least) and the Martin version was sold by Martin in the USA, but is again the same horn in all respects. So apart from being rare, the Prima is just the same as the other versions of this horn.

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                                                                    Yanagisawa S-880 Soprano Saxophone

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                                                                      The Yanagisawa 880 Series is my favorite for tone out of the various Yanagisawa options. It has more warmth and complexity than the most recent models, but it retains the excellent build quality, modern ergonomics, and dead-on intonation that makes Yanagisawa famous. That said, all of the Yanagisawas are really really good horns, and they all have a great tone. The 880’s just have a bit more warmth in my experience.

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                                                                      Yanagisawa S-900 Curved Soprano 167xxx

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                                                                          This horn is something I’ve never seen before – a modern one-piece Yanagisawa with modern keywork, but stamped “Prima” like the rare version of the older Yanagisawas. It is also silver-plated, which is also very rare. This soprano plays wonderfully, with a rich, resonant tone, excellent intonation and really good ergonomics. It’s like playing a good Mark VI but with modern keywork. Plus it’s very rare in its own right. It ships in the original case in good condition.

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                                                                          Yanagisawa S-902 Soprano Mint Like New Bronze!

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                                                                            To put the whole description in one sentence, in my opinion, this is the best one piece soprano saxophone that is made today, and this one is in mint, like new condition, and has hardly been played at all. It was purchased new only a few years ago and has been meticulously cared for, not even leaving the owner’s house. It is in every way identical to the new ones made today. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. Their soprano saxophones are particularly prized for their excellent intonation and warm tone. They also have the best build quality and the best factory setup of any modern saxophone, across the board.

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                                                                            Yanagisawa S-981 Soprano Saxophone S981 S-991

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                                                                              Price just lowered! This is a Yanagisawa S-981 with no past damage and with about 99% of its lacquer. There are a couple of scratches on the LH pinky keys and a little lacquer wear on the thumb hook. This model is the same as the S-991 but without high G key. Pads are in excellent shape and have just been adjusted to be in perfect playing condition. This horn has not been played very much and it is in great shape for many years to come, other things being equal. Both necks are also in mint/near mint condition. It ships in the original case.

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                                                                              Yanagisawa S-990 Soprano Mint Nearly Unplayed

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                                                                                This is a virtually unplayed, mint condition Yanagisawa S-990 soprano saxophone. It comes with the original accessories and even the original case is near to new condition! Pads are in excellent shape as well. More details to come.

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                                                                                Yanagisawa S-990 Soprano Saxophone

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                                                                                  This is a beautiful, near mint S-990 with high G key. This horn is in great playing condition and feels nice and snappy under the fingers. The ergonomics and intonation are both excellent, as you expect with Yanagisawa sopranos. The tone is medium bright and lyrical. Clear and round with out being harsh or nasal. It’s an easy horn to listen to, and it’s fun to play.

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                                                                                  Yanagisawa S-991 Soprano Saxophone

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                                                                                    This is a clean, near mint example of one of the best sopranos ever made. The Yanagisawa S-991 soprano is handmade in Japan in a small, house-sized factory in which all the workers are highly-skilled artists. That makes these horns have the best build-quality of any saxophones made today. This soprano has a great tone – clear, round, with a delicate core. It is very mouthpiece-friendly, so you can make it sound much darker or much more aggressive depending on what piece you use. (And it is worth experimenting with soprano mouthpieces – trust me!) The stock Yanagisawa mouthpiece is a great place to start – dependable, middle-of-the-road tonally, with a quality facing.

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                                                                                    Yanagisawa S-992 Soprano Saxophone Mint

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                                                                                      To put the whole description in one sentence, in my opinion, this is the best soprano saxophone that is made today, and this one is in better than new condition with an extensive Matt Stohrer full setup. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. Their soprano saxophones are particularly prized for their excellent intonation and warm tone. They also have the best build quality of any modern saxophone, across the board.

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                                                                                      Yanagisawa S-992 Soprano Saxophone Near Mint

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                                                                                        To put the whole description in one sentence, in my opinion, this is the best soprano saxophone that is made today. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. Their soprano saxophones are particularly prized for their excellent intonation and warm tone. They also have the best build quality of any modern saxophone, across the board.

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                                                                                        Yanagisawa S-992 Soprano Saxophone Solid Bronze!

                                                                                        To put the whole description in one sentence, in my opinion, this is the best soprano saxophone that is made today. The Yanagisawa company makes only saxophones, and they make them with a continuous commitment to improvement. Their soprano saxophones are particularly prized for their excellent intonation and warm tone. They also have the best build quality of any modern saxophone, across the board.

                                                                                        This is the S-992 model, which is identical to the S-991 in design. The difference is that the 992 is made of solid bronze, rather than brass. The keys are still brass, giving the horn a beautiful two-tone look. This horn is cosmetically in excellent condition, with only a little wear from use. It was just given a setup with lots of new pads by Matt Stohrer, and it now plays its best with no leaks at all. There are no dents, no dings, no resolders, no past repairs, and no other flaws on the sax. It comes with both original necks which are also in great shape. It ships in the original case in excellent condition.

                                                                                        Inevitably someone will want to know about the difference in sound between 991 and 992. In my experience with a few dozen horns, I would say that the 991 is basically a clear, round tone. The 992 is a little darker and more complex, and perhaps a bit warmer as well. I tend to prefer the 992 a little bit over the 991, but both are really excellent sopranos. These work well with a wide range of mouthpieces, and that is, after all, the most important way to shape the overall tone.

                                                                                        This sax sells for right around $4650 new online, and I am asking a lot less, even though this horn is in great condition AND has had a lot of extra setup work done by an excellent tech. (New horns need this to be done to them in many cases.) That should be a great deal for someone, and it should also make it so that the buyer can either afford to also buy a great mouthpiece (strongly recommended, whether from me or elsewhere) and/or easily get his/her money back out down the road without any trouble, should that become a necessity. After all, used saxophones are not like used cars – they don’t wear out if you take care of them, so used in great shape is just as good as new, only less expensive.

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                                                                                        Yanagisawa S-992PG Soprano Saxophone S992PG Pink Gold

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                                                                                          This is a rare and beautiful soprano made by the Yanagisawa company. Yanagisawa makes the best soprano saxophones in the world today, and this is their top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles. It is solid bronze, with pink gold plating over the bronze, which is 80% gold, 20% silver. The horn is fully engraved, including both necks. This soprano retails for around $9000+ which is wild. I have this one priced quite a bit lower, even though it is in mint condition with no dents, no dings, no past repairs, and 100% of its original plating intact.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S6 1970’s Soprano Saxophone Mark VI Style

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S6 Soprano Saxophone Mark VI on a Budget!

                                                                                          The Yanagisawa S6 soprano is a professionally-built Selmer Mark VI style soprano that feels, sounds, and plays the same as a Mark VI soprano, if not better. Get it now for a low price.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S6 Soprano Vito Beautiful Condition Mark VI copy

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S800 Soprano Great Deal

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S800 Whitehall Soprano Mark VI Style Excellent!

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S880 Elimona Soprano Near Mint My Favorite 213656

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S901 Professional Soprano Saxophone Near Mint

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S901 Soprano Excellent Condition Great Player

                                                                                          One of the best sopranos on the market, fully professional quality. This beautiful Yanagisawa S901 soprano is in excellent condition, barely used, and comes to you in top playing condition, for a discount price. What’s not to love? You can’t beat Yanagisawa for build quality, intonation, and feel. And coming in at this kind of price, it beats even intermediate sopranos of other brands. As you probably know the S901 is the professional soprano that is one piece, where the S991 is the more expensive two neck version. The one piece version like this feels a bit lighter and has a nice resonant vibration to it when you play louder volumes. I love the tone of these as well, and they tune with most mouthpieces.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S990 Elimona High G Soprano Saxophone 182990

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S990 High G Soprano Saxophone Exceptional! 201090

                                                                                          Just about my favorite soprano ever. It’s hard to beat these Yanagisawas from the 90’s with the high G key. They play warmer and more complex than the modern Yanagisawas, and this is just about the nicest, most perfect one I have seen. It just got tuned up and it’s ready to go on a mix of pads. The original pads are mostly present, as it hasn’t been played a lot.

                                                                                          I use the slightly curved neck, because it brings the weight of the horn down onto the neck strap. The keywork is super comfortable. The tuning is great. Tone is beautiful and balanced. You really can’t beat these horns, almost regardless of price. I like the modern EXHG by Yamaha a lot too, but the S990 high G will always have preeminence in my heart.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S990 Soprano Saxophone Elimona High G RARE 181231

                                                                                          This soprano is something of a unicorn. I had ONE other of these many years ago, and I still miss it. I’m sorely tempted to keep this one this time around. It’s the desirable Elimona verision of the soprano, with the cool metal badge on the bell (bring this back, Yanagisawa!!), but it also has the high G key. That’s what makes it a unicorn. You might see an S880 or S990 with the Elimona badge a handful of times per year, but that plus the high G key is very uncommon. It also happens to be, in my opinion, the best playing Yanagisawa soprano made to date. The new Yanagisawa sopranos are still wonderful, and still represent the best value in the market on a new soprano, but the S990’s have a warmth and complexity that is less evident in the newer sopranos (991, WO). So you get the great Yanagisawa build quality, the dependable intonation, easy ergonomics, AND you also get a richer, more interesting tone, and the rarity factor and convienience of having a high G. That makes this soprano a no-brainer for someone I’m sure.

                                                                                          It is in excellent to near mint condition, with no past repairs, pads still in good shape, both necks looking great, and the nice original case as well.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S990 Soprano Saxophone High G Very Good Condition 210471

                                                                                          Used Yanagisawa S990 soprano saxophone in very good condition. This one has the high G key! the S990 sounds a bit warmer and more rich than the S991/SWO10, which I like. This particular soprano is in very goood cosmetic and physical condition. It has been played some, and the pads are original, so plan on getting some pads replaced for it to play its very best. In particular, the palm key pads will need replacing, along with some lower stack pads probably cleaned at least. This soprano is on consignment for a good past customer, and I haven’t done any work on it for that reason. However, I did reduce the price so that you can easily get it tuned up when you receive it.

                                                                                          It plays very well currently, and has a beautiful, rich, bell-like tone that is medium between bright and dark. Intonation is very good. I actually love the included Yanagisawa hard rubber soprano mouthpiece (5 tip). It’s easy to play, responds well, tunes great, and has a rich tone. Great first (or last) soprano mouthpiece if you don’t already have one, and it’s included in the price. This sax has both necks, straight and semicurved. The semicurved neck puts the weight of the horn on the neckstrap instead of on your thumb, which is a big improvement over a fully straight soprano in my opinion. These sopranos are hard to find in good shape, and this one is quite nice.

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S991 Soprano Saxophone Excellent Condition

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                                                                                          Yanagisawa S991 Soprano Saxophone Excellent Condition!

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                                                                                            Yanagisawa makes the best sopranos in the world. This is a beautiful example in excellent condition with no problems and no past damage.

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                                                                                            Yanagisawa S992 Solid Bronze Soprano Saxophone Near Mint SWO20 300906

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                                                                                            Yanagisawa SC-800 / SC-880 Curved Soprano Saxophone

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                                                                                              This is a clean example of a vintage Yanagisawa curved soprano saxophone. Yanagisawa makes the best curved sopranos in the world, and this one is no exception. Cosmetically, this horn has no dents or dings or past repairs. It has most of its original lacquer with some wear between bell and body and a few other places. The older pads are still sealing well, and the horn plays well as is. At least some pads will need be replaced soon if you play a lot. The tone is warm and round, with an alto kind of feel to it. The bore of these horns is similar to a Mark VI, so if you have heard a VI soprano, that is the basic idea, but the curved body tube makes it have more body. Curved soprano is lots of fun to play, and this is a very good curved soprano.