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On the 10th Anniversary of their introduction, the Custom Z saxophones have been reexamined from neck to bell. They now offer the ultimate combinatio...Click To Read More About This Product

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An updated classic.

On the 10th Anniversary of their introduction, the Custom Z saxophones have been reexamined from neck to bell. They now offer the ultimate combination of expressiveness, response and control while staying true to their free-spirited origins. Since the Custom Z was developed in 2003, the technology, craftsmanship and specifications of the Custom Z series have continued to improve to fulfill the needs of the highest level musicians.

In the tradition of the much-coveted vintage saxophones, the 82Z now comes equipped with a one-piece bell. This feature drastically improves low end response and offers the player a wider palette of tonal color. More elaborate with finer detail, the new engraving design offers delicate beauty.

The new 82ZII also features domed metal resonators that offer an outstanding response and deliver a wider dynamic range. The entire range of the instrument has a clearer pronunciation, providing effortless playability all around. The wide bore taper of the V1 neck provides offers a free-blowing feel and the greatest possible flexibility. This combination of features allows the player the ultimate level of tonal expression.

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. A lighter thumb hook and thumb rest base design produces better response and a more cohesive tone. An adjustable Front F mechanism gives the player the freedom to find the optimal level of resistance in the altissimo range.

The 82Z saxophones come in slim, lightweight cases, which provide excellent protection. A convenient shoulder strap is also included.

Note: On un-lacquered models, the finish will be polished upon arrival and gradually morph over time to resemble the picture shown here. Rate of change and eventual finish will vary based on the player, amount of use, and environment the horn is stored in.


Order now for one of the finest professional saxophones on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS
Auxiliary Keys: High F# (Available without High F# key), Front F
Key buttons material: Mother of pearl
Bell Decoration: Hand engraved
Thumb hook: Adjustable
Key: Bb
Included Accessories: Mouthpiece TS4CM, Case TSC-820
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YamahaYTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone
 
5.0

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantasic horn!

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from Carol Stream, IL

Pros

  • Great response
  • Intonation is great
  • Multiple horn finishes and neck options
  • Playing dynamics (soft/loud) is a breeze
  • Very nice case

Cons

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      Been through a number of Tenors over the years. Started with a used (Yamaha) YTS-575 Allegro, went to used YTS-62, then a used Custom 875EX, and then ended up with a very gently used Custom 82ZII un-lacquered model. The Custom 82Z was incredibly responsive, especially with the V1 neck. At first, it was so free blowing that it took a bit getting used to. In doing so, I was able to relax more and just "breathe" through the horn to get the sound I wanted. Playing a low Bb is so incredibly easy. I will shock you ... like nothing you've played before. I also got myself an E1 neck (un-lacquered) to add a bit of resistance and to soften the tone a bit when needed. But overall, the V1 is my favorite by far. The Custom 875EX was a great horn, built like a tank with a little more weight. But the 82Z was a bit easier to get the sound I was looking for. Wish I could have kept the 875EX, since it was such a beautiful horn as well. One thing that finally sold me on this tenor was the fact that I already owned a alto version of the Custom 82Z un-lacquered. The Custom 82Z's are phenomenal horns. I did try a P' Maurait and some Selmer's (Series III and Reference), but they didn't have the response that the 82Z had. I know these aren't cheap horns, but they will last for many, many years and serve you well.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing horn, equally incredible customer service

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      from Norwcih, VT

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      Because I am new to the sax, I can't comment in a technical way about the wonders of the Yamaha 82Zii. I can say that after I hung up my 1940 Buescher Aristocrat, a horn built before ergonomics were invented, my tone, pitch and dexterity improved significantly and I no longer sounded like a rank beginner. The geography of the Yammie layout conforms better to the hands than does that of the great old vintage horns. The 4cm mouthpiece that comes with the horn is pretty easy to speak through. I have better control than I did on the Morgan I bought for 3.5 times what a Yamaha 4CM goes for if you were to purchase it alone. Some would argue that a beginner doesn't "need" a professional level horn, but at 62 years old, who has time to waste? I couldn't be happier with my purchase. That being said, I want to give a shout out to Lewis Davis in Customer Service. He does an amazing job juggling all his many tasks--advisor, giver and explainer of technical information, order processor; knowing the products and catalogue and willingly looking up the stuff he doesn't know off the top of his head. He was unfailingly patient, professional, and helpful. He got back to me with details that weren't posted on the website very quickly. If all of the customer service people are like Lewis, then I will never buy another anything from any other company. Just sayin'.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Battle Is Over

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      from Buckhannon, WV

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      Don't get me wrong, I loved my Selmer Paris Mark VI, which I played for 40 years. And, despite one review here, the Custom Z does not have the classic MK VI sound. But, it does have a great sound, and what it may lack in Selmer's je ne sais quoi, it more than excels in every other area. Extremely playable, it's the easiest low-end, and altissimo I've ever experienced. Intonation is excellent, and the instrument is perfectly balanced throughout the range. Ergonomically, it feels good, and with it's darker lacquer finish and floral engraving, it's absolutely beautiful. It's also much lighter around the neck than other horns. I compared the Custom Z to two new Selmer Reference 54s, the Eastman 52nd St., Schagrel, a top-of-the-line Yaginasawa, and the Yamaha Custom EX, and much preferred the Z over all the rest. The Yamaha YTS-82ZII is simply in a class by itself. I will work to get a little more MK VI back into my tone, but I feel some of that beautiful Selmer fuzziness is directly related to resistance. The Z is the most free-blowing instrument I've ever played. Lacking much resistance, it may be missing a bit of the vintage beauty, but I wouldn't trade its playability over that any day! Imagine pianissimo subtones down to low B-flat. Imagine the altissimo G speaking with no effort. Wow!

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Horn is AMAZING!

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      from Los Osos, CA

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      When I decided to buy a new tenor sax, I tried about everything out there in the professional category (Yanagisawa's, Keilworth's, various Yamaha's, used Mark VI's, Mauriat's, etc.) I also tried these brands in different lacquers (dark, light, unlacquered, silver-plated, black, etc.) There was no comparison for me in how the Yamaha YTS-82Zii Custom Z lacquered with high F# key played and sounded... It rose high above the rest! And it's playability - WOW! So easy to play that it just keeps you coming back to practice it more and more. I LOVE THIS HORN! After about 6 months, my tech was in town (he resides in Canada) and he gave it a once over. He wanted to buy the horn right there on the spot and mentioned it was "like butter." Keep up the great work on your saxes, Yamaha -- you definitely know what you're doing with this line of horn!

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Saxophone Innovation from Yamaha

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      from Baltimore, Maryland

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      Yamaha really made positive improvements with the YTS 82Z no.2! As always technically Yamaha Saxes perform with ease providing maximum performing comfort. The new V1 neck is the most open, vibrant, pitch flexible ever made by Yamaha. The one piece bell emits a powerful well centered sound with little effort to perform the low notes. A big change for Yamaha are the domed metal resonators this in my opinion completes this new sound. The resonators provide a crisp ,clean, even tone. For me it is a real joy to play this instrument, everyday I find something new this sax can do. I believe the changes made to the 82z are a real step forward in saxophone innovation made by Yamaha!

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW. Love this horn.

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      from East Hanover, NJ

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      I recently purchased this horn. I tested against Selmer Super action series III, and MARK VI P. Mauriat Professional Models ALL yannigasawa Professional Horns And Yamaha Custom Z series I, 875 EX and YTS-62. (My personal opinion) This horn was the winner by a landslide. It is very free-blowing, has a PHENOMENAL intonation, tuning sound and resonance. The low register comes out with ease and altissimo notes are VERY in tune and consistent. Everything was perfect for me. Bottom Line I Love this Horn. I would definitely recommend buying this if you are looking to purchase a horn. The case it comes with is very very nice as well. Has sturdy Shoulder strap and nice leather exterior. The finish on the horn is a nice rich, darker brass color which is very beautiful, and also gives the horn a nice warm sound. However, there is a lot of room to be flexible with the sound of this horn. The engravings on the bell just add to the beauty as well. Overall, I would say it was worth the money.

      (15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A legendary product redefined.

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      from LAKEHILLS

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      Comments about Yamaha YTS-82ZII Custom Z Tenor Saxophone:

      This updated model features a few upgraded features (all of which are documented in the description), and the horn really benefits from them. It's super responsive and a breeze to play. This is a horn that any level of player can benefit from, if you get a beginner this horn, they will literally never have to replace it. If you're a pro looking for a new horn, it's got that Selmer VI sound, with the increased production value that a few decades more of building technology produce.

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