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Yamaha YAS- BP Alto Saxophone

Yamaha YAS-BP Alto Saxophone

In the interest of full disclosure, I should confess: There’s never been a time in my musical life when I didn’t own at least one Yamaha saxophone. The first horn I could really call my own was a Vito alto, which was basically a Yamaha stencil (although I didn’t realize it at the time-I was only 10, and eBay had yet to be invented). When I needed a tenor in college, I played a Yamaha YTS-61. I eventually sold that and used the money to buy a soprano. My choice? You guessed it-a Yamaha. Recently, when I was in the market for a tenor, I bought a silver-plated Yamaha YTS-62. While I’ve played a lot of other horns, Yamahas have a special place in my heart.

Why Yamaha? Price point has something to do with it. Yamaha has long provided a lot of horn for the money. Yet, when I bought my soprano in the early ’90s, money was no object, and I bought a Yamaha YSS-675 anyway. I tried every horn out there at the time, new and vintage, including a mint Mark VI, and the Yamaha was the best horn I played, at any price … and I wasn’t even aware at the time that there was an even better Yamaha model, the YSS-875. Bottom line: Yamaha saxes hold their own against pretty much anything out there. That they give more bang for the buck is a much-appreciated fillip.

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