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A major innovation in saxophone design that combines tone with function at a new level.
One of the most exciting things to happen in the sax world recently is the introduction of the Yamaha YTS-82Z. It is a modern sax that captures the sound and feel of those treasured classic saxes of the past while adding state-of-the-art intonation and mechanism.
Based on the scale of the classic '62' models, the new Custom Z saxes have bodies that are made of a special brass alloy for lighter weight, a great playing feel, and the kind of tonal flexibility you've always dreamed of. The Z plays evenly in all ranges, and gives you a huge dynamic range for as much - or as little - sound as you want. The Custom G1 neck helps produce a quick and agile response, while key action and placement feel just right. You can create whatever style tone you're after, from vintage to contemporary, and there's no need to sacriface comfort for sound.
Recognizing the versatile needs of saxophonists today, Yamaha has developed a saxophone capable of performing both classical and jazz. Jazz sax players will be knocked out by the projection, sweet tone and availability of an unlacquered model. Classical saxophonists will be enamored of the control over their tone from pianissimo to fortissimo.
Yamaha' YTS-82Z offers many improvements to Yamaha saxophones of the past, while maintaining a consistent build quality and free-blowing nature. The body of the Custom Z is made from a special brass alloy offering a lighter weight and a tonal flexibility only dreamt of until now. The Custom G1 neck helps produce a quick and agile response, while key action and placement just feel right. The YTS-82Z captures the sound of popular vintage saxophones of the past, but adds the comfort of modern mechanisms and playability.
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Amazing tenor, better then most Selmers. Tone quality is fantastic while not compromising for poor key layout as both are spectacular.
A couple of years ago I made a huge mistake: I had not played onstage for a few years so I figured I'd sell my Mark VI that I bought new in 1974. Well, needless to say, I regretted it because just a few weeks later, some old band mates wanted me to start playing again. I've spent the last couple of years trying to get my old sound back with a variety of horns from a Super 20 to a mid '60's Mark VI. Both nice horns, to be sure. But now I think my sojourn is over: I just took delivery of a Yamaha YTS 82Z silver tenor. OMIGOD! This thing rocks! It has the great Yamaha keywork and the late model Mark VI sound that I just adore. And the silverplate finish is the bomb. Right out of the box it blew from low Bb to altissimo flawlwessly. I'm very impressed. I think this is THE ONE. BTW: I played-tested a Selmer Reference 36 side-by-side with the Yamaha 82Z and the hands-down winner was the Yamaha on every count, from ergonomics to finish to construction to sound. It's all good.
This is a jazz horn. This is what legends are made of. I mean phil woods plays on one. The 82z is the one and only tenor for me. I currently play on a NY metal Otto 6* with fibracell 3 reeds. I don't pretend like I'm some kind of amazing phenom who plays amazingly well. 1/2 of my sound comes from this horn. The caliber of sound coming from this horn is real. I went from okay to "thats not me playing right now". This horn makes a world of difference. This horn might even become a legend to our children. Take note that you have a chance to purchase history.
We bought one of these for my son, who is moving into more advanced material in high school. We sat down with a variety of Yamaha tenor saxophones - 62II, 875EX, black lacquered, no lacquer, etc. This was the horn (standard lacquer model) that really sang. Even listening to his practice sessions I'm struck with how vibrant the sound is. Sometimes you wish instrument manufacturers would put as much quality into their intermediate products as they do for the professional models. Yamaha is no different. Don't let a band music store tell you the only difference between the intermediate and professional models is a lot of fancy engraving. An artisan fine-tuned this horn to bring out every bit of the sound it is capable of. In the long run, you won't be disappointed.
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