Yanagisawa A9933 Alto SaxophoneUnique Construction = Unique SoundThe gold-plated neckpipe, brass body and sterling silver bell of this model combine ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Yanagisawa A9933 Alto Saxophone
Unique Construction = Unique Sound
The gold-plated neckpipe, brass body and sterling silver bell of this model combine to create an urgent, well defined memorable tone that can be heard distinctly as a solo voice above jazz ensemble and concert bands. Yet it has the flexibility to allow for tonal shading that makes it a perfect section instrument.New Features
The A-991 features Yanagisawa's sway-free mechanism for F auxiliary and low C-sharp keys, which affords better airtightness and intonation and facilitates adjustment and repair. From the cutting power to lead a saxophone section to the intricate expressiveness for solo repertoire, the many shades of tone this model offers make it ideal for any musical application.
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I've had this saxophone for about seven years (purchased from ww&bw). I'm a concert saxist and I find it to be absolutely amazing. The tone is exceptionally warm, focused, and rich. It's overtone series is impeccably in tune. It is centered and clear at every dynamic from pppp to ffff. The altissimo is sublime. The scale is perfectly tuned. It speaks very easy. The middle D plays/sounds like the rest of the horn. However, I have found this instrument to be very much a classical saxophone. It blends incredibly well in symphonies and chamber ensembles (while remaining able to soar above them), but it isn't well suited for every style of jazz. With a jazz group, it will have the clear, bright timbre more traditionally associated with the soprano than the alto. That may be fine for some, but if you're looking for a brash, garish, brassy, honkin'/squawkin' sound, this is not the saxophone for you.
I had a Selmer U.S.A. and I up graded to this horn, and I love it. My band director has one and I played his, and then I knew that I wanted one. It is the best horn for the money. And I added a V16 mouth piece for marching band and I can make it yell. We march around 60 in our band and there are only 2 altos (so) it helped much.
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