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Yamaha YBS-52 Intermediate Baritone Saxophone

The Yamaha YBS-52 is Yamaha’s intermediate baritone saxophone. It is introductory to the Yamaha line, but since very few saxophonists start on barito...Click To Read More About This Product

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Very durable, extreme response, and great intonation make the YBS-52 the only choice for advancing musicians.

The Yamaha YBS-52 is Yamaha’s intermediate baritone saxophone. It is introductory to the Yamaha line, but since very few saxophonists start on baritone, Yamaha’s least expensive model has features common to intermediate instruments. It is the most popular baritone saxophone at WWBW for school accounts.

The YBS-52 is a quality instrument that is built student-tough. It combines Yamaha’s production expertise with design aspects of Yamaha professional saxophones, and is known for its response, intonation and big, bold tone. The YTS-52 is a superior instrument for anchoring a large horn section or holding down the woodwind’s bottom end on the marching field.

Design and construction elements

The YBS-52 features a yellow brass body, neck, bell and key material. It has polyester key buttons, nickel-plated keys and a gold or silver lacquer finish. Waterproof leather and wool felt pads with plastic tone boosters, a front F key, and drawn tone holes round out the professional feature set. The left-hand pinky key’s position, height, angle and shape have all been redesigned for comfort and response. Adjustable key guard felts offer optimum venting and intonation, and tapered pivot screws make for smooth key action.

A reputation for durability

The YBS-52 is designed for the concert stage or for the marching field. It is the most popular school baritone and so it often finds itself in outdoor environments. Although fairly lightweight and maneuverable, durability is a high priority for the YBS-52, and incidental contact won’t knock anything out of alignment on it. If it takes a more substantial contact, the YBS-52 is so familiar to school systems and to woodwind technicians that parts are never difficult to obtain. Even baritone specialists who move on to the YBS-62 often keep their YBS-52 because they are such a great back-up horn and because they are so comfortable to play. Their user-friendly keywork is legendary.

Aspects of the YBS-52

One consistent compliment the YBS-52 receives is its ease of play. You’d think on a baritone, you’d have to have a naturally long reach, but with the YBS-52, it simply isn’t true. The finger spread is really comfortable. Many experienced saxophonists even report a more comfortable hole placement than they experience with their tenors and altos.

The octave mechanism’s three-key venting design slots the high octave on the G, G# and A with dead-on intonation. The low A mechanism closes with absolute authority and really helps the 52 supply that big, round low end. Great sound and playability are the hallmarks of the YBS-52.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Key: Eb
  • Neck: Standard
  • Neck Material: Yellow Brass
  • Body Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Material: Yellow Brass
  • Key Material: Yellow Brass
  • Key Buttons: Polyester
  • Range Down to: Low A
  • Auxiliary Keys: Front F, Low A
  • Tone Holes: Drawn
  • Springs: Stainless Steel
  • Pads: Waterproof Leather
  • Resonators: Nylon
  • Thumb Rest: Adjustable Plastic
  • Pivot Screw: Straight-Tapered
  • Includes: Case, 5C Plastic Mouthpiece, Neckstrap, Ligature, Cap, and Cork Grease
  • Crafted In Japan


  • Level: Intermediate
  • Key: Eb
  • Auxiliary Keys: Low A, Front F


  • Body Material: Yellow brass
  • Bell: Yellow brass
  • Bell Decoration: Stamped
  • Finish: Gold-lacquer
  • Tone holes: Drawn
  • Thumb Hook: Adjustable


  • Neck: Standard
  • Neck Material: Yellow Brass


  • Mouthpiece: 5C
  • Mouthpiece Cap: Plastic
  • Ligature: Yellow brass; Clear lacquer
  • Spring Type: Stainless steel

Keys & Pads

  • Key buttons: Polyester
  • Pad: Type Waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters
  • Mounting: Post on body
  • Pivot Screw: Straight-tapered with head, nylon lock (adjustable)

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