This early 1980’s Yamaha 52 tenor is hard to beat for the price. The 80’s ‘purple logo’ 62 saxophones are prized for their warm, more complex tone, and they are among my favorite modern saxophones. The 52 from the same era is virtually the identical saxophone, with the same bore, neck, body tube and everything. It lacks a few higher end features that the 62 has (the ‘fat starfish’ engraving, ribs under some posts), but these don’t matter to most people, so it remains an excellent value. You get all the tone, comfortable ergonomics, dependability and ease of playing of a 62 for less money. Plus, this tenor just got a complete overhaul and is all freshly repadded and ready to go for a nice long time. It won’t need anything more than minor upkeep for the next several years, and it is super easy and responsive across all registers.
It can be hard to find a tenor that plays this well for anything like this price. And Yamahas like this are also really easy to get worked on down the road and to keep in good adjustment. Compared to later Yamahas, this one is warmer, more complex, and more like a vintage Selmer (which was Yamaha’s starting point for the early 62 it seems to me), but with better intonation and a more even scale. No wonder these continue to be such popular saxophones.
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