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This is really quite interesting. I had no idea that Yamaha made instruments stamped by another. It’s great that you can tell the difference. When you say they are more damage proof, are you referring to the caged tone holes?
YAS - 23 has a great reputation. When I was looking for a second alto, I was impressed by the research I found.
I just purchased a brand new YSS-62 and I love it. Between my SML and this, I can get the particular sound I’m looking for.Me:
YTS-61 I purchased in '75, I used it for many years until I bought my MK VI in '91. I still use my Yamaha when I play certain horn-band-gigs that require playing off-the-horn when soloing.
YBS-61 purchased in '82 I luv that horn (I use a Brilhart Level-Air 6* mpc)
YSS-62 purchased about 10 years ago... I think that I paid 8-9 hundred for it. It plays well but is way-brighter than my WWII Conn Sop.
To be truthful, of the four saxes that I own/play I really don't like sop....maybe it's the way I play it....or....probably my personal taste of the register it plays in.I just purchased a brand new YSS-62 and I love it. Between my SML and this, I can get the particular sound I’m looking for.
Im more into pop or classical than jazz so am perfectly fine with the brightness. It’s one of my reasons for choosing it as well as the fact that it has a lonely tone and is super easy to play.
I actually made a mistake. I recently purchased another alto - a YAS-62. My first alto is a SML and I like it but I find the Yamaha much easily to play especially now that I’m getting older.To be truthful, of the four saxes that I own/play I really don't like sop....maybe it's the way I play it....or....probably my personal taste of the register it plays in.
I've tried to like it, honest!
I played my sop way-more when I was in a GB band (in the 90's) as I would walk around the dance floor (running pentatonics) on my sop w/ wireless and everyone thought that it was voodoo.....it was a good schtick.
My sop playing these days is when the inst appears in a musical/show Reed book as a double.
My sax order of preference: Tenor then Bari then Alto then Sop.
Yes but perhaps if the tone holes had better/ stronger guards protecting them, there wouldn’t be a need to fix them.
It’s just a thought.
That’s interesting and something I wouldn’t have ever considered. One thing I know for certain, I’m loving playing this alto. It’s so incredibly easy to get a lovely tone. My SML gets a nice tone but it’ takes a lot more air to get that especially while playing softly. I’m starting to like my alto more than the soprano. The tone is richer and has more depth. It sounds more sophisticated somehow. I am enjoying playing it so much.As far as I can tell, the strength of the wire guards is in fact the disadvantage/problem. They too easily transmit the impact straight into the body. The more you strengthen it, the more easily impact would be transferred.