Improvement on a classic.
A favorite among band directors for decades, the 62 model saxophones (and their predecessor, the 61) have redefined the market by offering superior quality and durability at an affordable price. Introduced in 1979, the YAS-62 and YTS-62 saxophones withstand the tests of time and competition and have been in a continual state of improvement since the launch of the YAS-61 in 1969. The new YAS-62III carries the tradition of excellence forward while introducing firther refinements to the already sound design of the 62.
The new 62 neck's slightly narrower bore provides a faster response and greater control relative to its predecessor. The 62 style neck allows a comfortable flow of air so that every player can attain a solid tonal core. The engraving is now more elaborate with finer detail, an improved mechanism from low B to C# ensures a proper seal for these notes which promotes a clear response throughout the low range of the instrument, and the instrument now comes with a semi-hard case that offers a contemporary look and greater ease of transport.
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YAS-62III Professional Alto Saxophone
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Comments about Yamaha YAS-62III Professional Alto Saxophone:
I have to start this review letting you all know that normally I am a Tenor player (YTS-62iii), and the alto is a secondary instrument to me. I currently own an Allora Chicago Jazz Alto and my son has an Allora Paris alto as that is his learning instrument which I have spent considerable time playing both. Both of the Allora instruments are fantastic horns and have their advantages in terms of price, quality, playability and honestly beauty, but in relation to my Yamaha Tenor there was something missing in terms of playability (They just did not perform like my Tenor). This is where my review of the Yamaha YAS 62iii begins: I went to my local music and arts store with a Selmer soloist E Faced mouthpiece in hand to test run some alto's as I was curious as to what other horns sounded and felt when playing. The store had several horns in stock to test run, they had a Yamaha yas 26, Yamaha intermediate, a P. Muriat System 76, a Buffet Alto, Yamaha Custom Z and a Juniper horn. I did not play test the student model or the Juniper horn. Out of the ones I tested, I found that the Yamaha Custom Z by far played with an incredible ease and was as effortless to play as my YTS 62iii tenor. I was floored at the quality as well as the PRICE!!! The P. Muriat was not as good of a horn as my Chicago Alto. I was not impressed (This could have been a poor setup or need for adjustment, but it did not play well or with much balance for the price they asked for it). The Yamaha intermediate was lacking the pop and response I was looking for. The custom Z was amazing, but was well out of my price range. I left the store wanting the Custom Z horn badly, but kept thinking of my 62 tenor and the price of the Custom. They played almost identically, so that got me searching. I found on WWBW a used silver 62iii for $2500 ish and jumped on it as the only issue was a scratch by the neckstrap holder and it was missing a few accessories. I ordered the horn hoping for the best. It arrived a few days ago and I must say out of the box that horn was PERFECT and I could not really find the scratch they noted as it looked new. I could not ask for or expect more from a horn than that alto after I playtested it. It was worth much more than I paid for it. The tone quality was amazing on all registers, the flexibility of the keywork was flawless. It honestly felt like I was playing a smaller version of my YTS 62iii. I have to admit I was blown away at the level of consistency that Yamaha has on their horns. I would highly recommend any finish gold or silver as I am fully confident that each horn will play very well. I will be honest and say that unless you have a specific need for the Custom, it may be in your best interest to stick with the 62 series as they are amazing in every way.
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