- Near Lutterworth, Leics.
YTS-23 arrived today and it's as described by the seller apart from a slight dip in the bell, easily sorted by my new dent man Matt at Connolly-MIR no doubt, along with the other four dings I did know about. Retail seller of all kinds of instruments so may have missed the bell bend. I've asked for some more money off. You know me!
THAT musty smell, you know the one, which tells you this has been stashed away for years and not seen the light of day. Green tinge to some of the pads, which I'd seen in emailed photos and thought might mean a re-pad. Hang on... the green rubs off, the pads are soft. Yes, they'll clean up well with a little disassembly when I have time.
Its Buffet neck strap, identical to my current one, is in perfect condition. I'm guessing the previous owner had to let one of his horns go and, naturally, the Yam went before any of his Buffets?
But does it play?....
Firstly with Selmer Soloist F + MJ 2 1/2, which I usually like. Hmmm... not so good. Am I sending the sax back...?
Let's try a TJ MP with the Marca. Ah, now that's much better.
Windcraft Student with Marca. Yes, great!!
It's own Yam MP (not numbered). Horrible!!
Back to the Windcraft MP and some improv as I had no music. Eerily I was able to play "fly me to the moon" straight off with almost no mistakes, and I've never even attempted that tune before! Just shows what you can do when you can't be bothered to get your "music book" out! Yes, I find myself en...joy...ing... a Yamaha!! For the first time! The other Yams have all been altos and had my Buffet 400 to contend with.
Tenor-wise I'd tried BW, Carmichael, Grassi Standard, TJ Rev II. The 23 has a "raunchy" kind of sound I've not come across but have been looking for, and that's straight out of the (musty) case. No adjustment, no fettling.
I dare say it'll need a proper set up but apart from the few dings etc, oh... and the green pads, it's a rather... lovely old thing. There, I've said it.
How it will compare to the Grassi 2000 Pro, who knows. I'll find out in a couple of weeks.