Yanagisawa

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  • Yanagisawa A880B Alto Black Lacquer My Favorite! 118255

    $ 3,250

    As I’ve said many times, the Yanagisawa 880 saxophones are a real sweet spot among modern altos, because they have a warmer, more complex tone than more recent altos, but they have the modern keywork and excellent build quality and intonation of a modern Yanagisawa. For you parents out there, it’s pronounced YAH-nuh-gih-SAH-wah. Yanagisawa is a specialized company that has been making nothing but professional saxophones for at least 75 years now, and really top quality ones for at least the last 40 years. You won’t find a better built alto than this. It holds up well, holds its value well, plays great, and looks great. Plus it’s really not that expensive.

    This particular one has two special things going on, that, to me, make it worth a little more than an average one. I have a couple of less expensive Yanagisawa altos at any given time (as of Dec 2022, a nice used A901 and A902 are both cheaper than this), but the 880 is the top level of their altos (compare to A991 or AWO10), and this one has the rare black lacquer finish with engraving cut through to the brass, and it also has the cool brass emblem patch on the bell, which I often covet in my own Yanagisawa saxophones. The tone is warm, pleasant, fairly complex, and lyrical, and this horn also has no signficant damage, and the current pads are sealing well. It plays great, and should make anybody happy who wants a beautiful modern alto that has a little something extra about it.

    Only one available! (I also have some special Yanagisawa necks available by request, if you want to complete the package with a gold plated or solid silver, fully engraved Yanagisawa neck that really turns some heads, though it plays extremely well on the original neck. That would just be an indulgence, but one that I would probably spring for myself if I kept this to play as my main alto.)

     

  • Yanagisawa A901 Professional Alto Very Good Condition Just Setup! 230760

    $ 2,350

    The Yanagisawa A901 is a wonderful professional alto saxophone from Yanagisawa, that basically does everything really well. This one is in excellent condition and the pads are also in great shape. I just got it completely checked out and tuned up, and it is playing its best on pads that will last a long time without needing anything other than occasional checkups like any saxophone. The A901 is the same as the current model AWO1, which is the less expensive pro model. The two lines of Yanagisawa saxophones play basically the same, but the WO1/A901 has the regular neck octave key, single key arms on bell keys, and ‘post construction’ like most saxophones, where the posts that hold the keys are mounted on the body tube, rather than on a stiff metal rib that is then soldered to the body tube. I think this makes the 90x WOx horns play slightly with a little more of that lively feel of vibrating under the fingers, other things being equal. So not a big difference between this and he more expensive WO10.

    Only one available!

  • Yanagisawa A902 Solid Bronze Professional Alto Excellent Condition 313640

    $ 2,650
  • Yanagisawa A991B Alto Black Lacquer Excellent Condition Rare

    $ 3,750

    Beautiful example of an original black-lacquered Yanagisawa ‘Elite’ Professional A991B Alto Saxophone. This premium alto plays great, and is ready to go, with good pads, and no damage or problems. I love how the black lacquer looks with the engraving cut through it into the brass. You might upgrade to a fully engraved, gold plated neck, if you want even more eye-turning bling on this horn. I have one of those available by special request.

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    Yanagisawa AWO-37 Alto New! Elite Professional Solid Silver with Deluxe Engraving

    $ 8,750

    The best of the best from Yanagisawa, the AWO37 in solid silver with full engraving can’t be beat. These are rare, collectible, and usually you have to wait while your special order is filled slowly. I ordered this one 6 months ago and it’s finally here. It also got a thorough new horn checkup when it came it, to make sure that it plays as perfectly as possible! Price is great.

    Only one available!

  • Yanagisawa AWO1 Professional Alto Saxophone New + Setup – Fantastic Deal! A901

    $ 3,150

    One available now!

    New in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO1 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal overall in a modern alto period. This horn 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 AWO1 Alto Saxophone, 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 AWO1 is the brass version of Yanagisawa’s professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A901 model. It has a more open and vibrating feel than the heavier-built AWO10 (which is also a fantastic alto, but more expensive). My first good alto was one of these. If you want the best alto for the money, that would be the Yanagisawa AWO1. And when you go to re-sell it, you can get most to all of your money back, which is the opposite of most new saxophones.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto 397193 Excellent Condition Plays Great!

    $ 3,550

    Excellent to near mint Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto was only played for 4 months before the owner traded it in on a Selmer Mark VI alto. So you can get an ‘elite’ Yanagisawa AWO10 Alto Saxophone for a nice little discount. This horn looks nearly new, but only has a tiny bit of lacquer wear on the thumb rest. It got the GetASax new horn checkup when it sold new in May, and it still plays effortlessly, like new, and possibly a little better since the pads are just slightly broken in.

    Here’s my standard new horn description on the AWO10 as a supplement to the above:

    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.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

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

    $ 3,950

    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.

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa AWO2 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Brand New + Setup! A902

    $ 3,750

    ONE available Nov 2022, and it plays REALLY well.

    Brand new, unplayed, in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO2 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal overall in a modern alto period. This horn 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 AWO2, 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 WO2 is the bronze version of Yanagisawa’s professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A902 model. It has a more open and vibrating feel than the heavier-built AWO20 (which is also a fantastic alto, but more expensive). My first good alto was one of these. And the solid bronze adds more depth and complexity to the tone – kind of a thick heart to the core of the tone. It’s quite easy to hear once you get used to it and play the different Yanagisawa saxophones. The AWO2 (A902) and AWO20 (A992) are my favorites, closely followed by AWO1 (A901) and AWO10 (A991) (same horns but in brass instead of bronze).

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

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    Yanagisawa AWO20 Solid Bronze Alto Saxophone Brand New Fantastic Deal! A992

    $ 4,675

    One available now Sept 23, 2022

    Mint, unplayed, new in the plastic Yanagisawa AWO20 Alto saxophone. This is probably the best deal on this saxophone that you will find anywhere.  The AWO20 (formerly called A992) is the best horn that Yanagisawa makes in my opinion (I prefer it to the solid silver ones.) This AWO20 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 AWO2o, 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 WO20 is the bronze version of Yanagisawa’s top line professional alto. This is the new name of what used to be the A992 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 AWO2 (A902). The Yanagisawa AWO20 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 solid bronze adds more depth and complexity to the tone compared to brass – kind of a thick heart to the core of the tone. It’s quite easy to hear once you get used to it and play the different Yanagisawa saxophones. The AWO2 (A902) and AWO20 (A992) are my favorites, closely followed by AWO1 (A901) and AWO10 (A991) (same horns but in brass instead of bronze, and a little less expensive).

    Any questions, feel free to ask!

  • Yanagisawa SilverSonic A9933 Alto Saxophone Fresh Setup Excellent Player! 260027

    $ 4,950

    Freshly back from a full setup and cleaning. This is a great playing Yanagisawa alto! You can get the silver neck and bell for around the price of a regular brass one by buying used. The pads are in great shape, the horn is clean. The only blemish I see is a line of lacquer missing inside the bell flare which I only noticed after a careful inspection. I guess the bell flare had a mild crease that was removed, or just some wear from using a neck bag.

  • Yanagisawa SN-981 Sopranino Saxophone Brand New Excellent Player! Great Deal!

    $ 3,450
  • Yanagisawa SWO2 Solid Bronze Professional Soprano Saxophone New! + Setup

    $ 3,950

    One just in!!

    This is a new Yanagisawa SWO2 Soprano saxophone in solid bronze. The one piece solid bronze Yanagisawa SWO-2 soprano is one of my favorite modern soprano saxophones of all. It has a noticeably darker, more complex tone than the SWO1, so to me, it’s worth the extra money to spring for the bronze on soprano. The one piece design means no neck socket to leak, and the horn resonates beautifully under your fingers when you play. It tunes beautifully as well. The keywork feels great under the fingers – dry and snappy. Yanagisawa has the best build quality of any modern saxophone, and it shows. Plus I get all new Yanagisawa saxophones checked out pre-sale by one of my excellent repairmen, so that any tiny improvements that will take it from good to great are done before you get it. This is a surprisingly big deal, and something you want to have done, regardless of where you happen to buy a new saxophone. A couple of tiny, smart fixes often take an already good horn into the exceptional category.

    If you’ve been thinking of getting a soprano, then Yanagisawa is really a great choice. These are precision instruments that are built to last and that sound beautiful. They work with a wide range of mouthpieces (Selmer sopranos are more ‘mouthpiece picky’), which is nice because you can shape the tone with mouthpiece choice a LOT.

    I have an extremely limited availability of these Yanagisawa saxophones, but ONE SWO2 is currently available as of November 2022. Whoever gets it will be one lucky saxophonist!