Yamaha YTS23 Tenor SaxophoneAdjustable thumb restAll Yamaha saxophones feature an adjustable thumb rest to allow for precise and comfortable hand and...Click To Read More About This Product
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Yamaha YTS23 Tenor Saxophone
Adjustable thumb rest
All Yamaha saxophones feature an adjustable thumb rest to allow for precise and comfortable hand and fingering position.Refined key shape and dimension
Yamaha saxophone keys are not simply shaped and positioned according to mechanical neccessity; the entire system is designed from the player's perspective, with emphasis on comfort, speed, and overall playability. The natural feel of the keys eliminates the need to adapt to an unnatural or uncomfortable key layout.Adjustable key guard felts
Optimum intonation and ventingPower-forged keys
Excellent durabilityTapered pivot screws
Precise adjustment and smooth key actionNickel-plated keys
Durable and resistant to wear.
Clear lacquer, brass body.
Nickel plated keywork.
Refined key shape and dimension.
Includes: case / Yamaha 4C mouthpiece / cap and ligature / saxophone care products.
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I've had this sax since 1987,played throughout Jr.high,High School(concert,jazz & 1yr marching band) & still play to this day in a town community concert & Jazz band.Once it's warmed up, the sound just keeps getting better. Played with a E. Rousseau hard rubber mouthpiece & vandoren #3ZZ reeds gives it a nice warm jazz sound.My one & only sax,till I break the bank & get the Selmer Mark VI. Wish it had the high F#.
I got one of these 1995 for the high school marching band. To this day it is still a great saxophone, this horn has had rough life, and it still plays great! 15 years later I finally upgraded to the Yamaha Allegro, not because I needed to, but because I wanted to. I use the Vandoren Jumbo Java T-95, and I've been able to play everything from legit to swing...
My YTS-23 was made in 1993. After all that time, the lacquer is worn but not too badly, the pads are still in good shape, and it plays in tune without much work. Not much more I can ask for in a backup tenor (My primary instrument is a Selmer Mark VI). It only really gives up to the Selmer in terms of keywork smoothness and it's a touch less flexible in terms of tone. Considering that it really does come close to a good VI, that makes the 23 very worth it at almost any price, although they do depreciate a lot in value from new to used.
I've had this saxophone for 4 years and counting. After almost biting through the mouthpiece that came with it, I bought a Meyer Hard Rubber and started using mouthpiece guards, I noticed a huge improvement. After buying an Otto Link, I found the sound that I'd heard from Blue Train, etc. There was a minor error in the F palm key, so the pad didn't cover the tone hole all the way, but a quick visit to the local music shop fixed that and the response was better than ever. I would recommend the beginner to use a mouthpiece guard, because with the plastic mouthpiece, I bit a pit into the mouthpiece that made my teeth rest in an uncomfortable position. After a while I would experiment with mouthpieces. (I would very much recommend the program that WWBW has to offer).
Ive had this sax for over 5 years. It has been marched with for four years straight living in oregon it has gotten wet alot. The original pads seem to be fine even with all its abuse. This is the most comfortable sax ever, everything is in the right place and is super light, my only con is there is no F# key. this is okay because it isn't meant to last as long as ive been playing it. especially for the tenor player a highschooler doesnt need an F# key.
Yes, there are other student models that are cheaper, but the YTS-23 is worth the money. The overall build quality is good enough so people learning the saxophone don't have to worry about it easily breaking on them. The key action, while obviously not as smooth as higher end tenors, doesn't feel clunky.
This saxophone is a great sax for beginners. I got mine 4 years ago, and even after high school marching band, and jazz band, it is playing great. It really holds up well. It also is very comfortable to play, and the key layout feels natural. The sound from this horn is also great. It's rich, and balanced. This isn't the best choice if you are going for a really specific sound, but for someone who wants to pick up a tenor to learn, or for a gift for a student, this is perfect.
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