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Yamaha 62II Alto and Tenor Saxophones

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Today’s musicians aren’t very realistic when it comes to buying new instruments. On one hand they demand instruments be made of the finest materials and offer all the bells and whistles technology can provide. They also want a great case; a cool, retro look and a sound that harkens back to the instruments of yesteryear. But they also want these instruments to be cheap. To cater to this demand we have seen a flood of new instruments, many coming from the production mills of Taiwan, each one offering “the world” at a price that can not be refused.

Where these companies may produce fine instruments they cannot offer the consumer the one element that they so eagerly crave: a track record of performance. In the 1980s Yamaha made its mark with the YAS- (alto) and YTS (tenor) 62, professional saxophones that set the modern standard for quality and sound. As many players put it, the Yamaha 62 was the new Selmer Mark VI.

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