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Saxophones Yamaha Tenor 280/480 or Yanagisawa T901?

PeteTheHog

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Hello Forum!
I started playing sax last september, with a rental instrument. I am looking to buy one in the next couple of months, and am doing my research. I would like to know, other than a higher price, what more can I expect out of the Yamaha YTS 480 than the YTS 280; and if I'm better off buying a Yanagisawa T901 (which seems to get very good reviews).

Thanks!
 

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Hi Pete

Welcome to Café Sax :)

Why not go and introduce yourself on the doorbell section of the forum.

I'm sure you will soon have plenty responses to your question.

Jx
 

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I gather the 280 series replaces the 275 series (student model) and the 480 series replaces the 475 series (semi-pro / intermediate).

Over the last few years Yamaha appear to be doing a lot of chopping and changing with their various horns and models.

Yanagisawas have a fine reputation as well.

Your best bet is to get to a decent sax shop and try as many different horns as possible.

Regards,

Greg S
 

daveysaxboy

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Hi there. I'd go for a Yamaha 62. Nicer than the 901 yani and about the same price.
 

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Another vote for the Yam 62 , I prefer its the sound to the Yanis .
 

Nick Wyver

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And I prefer the sound of the Yanagisawa.

You have to try them yourself. It's the only way.
 

daveysaxboy

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I find the Yani tenors lacking power. Tame is the word. Amazing sopranos/altos and baris but there tenors are there weak point for me. Heard a lot of others say this also.
 
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Jamesmac

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Possibly at your stage of playing, the feel of the instrument is more important. Always better to try before you buy.
 

daveysaxboy

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Both Yanis and Yamahas are super slick for feel and both are very easy free blowing horns, top build and have superb intonation. You will know which you like best when you try them. All top brand horns are ALL great horns. Its what floats your boat really. Enjoy the testing.
 

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Agree with what has been said already, but another thought. Pick an awkward phrase or section of a study or something that you are playing at the moment, and if you find it more fluent on one of the horns, then that's the one to buy.
 

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Yes, another vote here for the Yamaha 62.
I tried both the Yam62 and the Yani901 at the same shop just before Christmas. The Yamaha was a far easier and smoother instrument (for me)
 

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for me the Yanis are smoother, slicker and 'prettier' sounding but Yamahas have more grit and oomph...
 

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Yup.. for me too, the combination of Grit and Oomph with seriously easy playing (the horn doesn`t get in the way) is a winner for me with the YTS62 ..

For example, Jupiter`s Semi-Pro 789 tenor (which I also own) has grit and Oomph with the addition of a fuller deeper bottom end than the 62 (or a Yani) but there`s a trade-off you have to work around issues such as mid D stuffiness, avoiding low G warbles etc, also it tends to shout if overpushed in the upper regions like the MkVII did, in fact it reminds me of the MkVII in many ways .... other horns (Inc some selmers) have similar issues but with the 62 there`s none of that , it just lets you get on with the music with the least hassle I found Yanis did too but I prefer the Yamaha sound...

All saxophones are a compromise , you pick the ones which suit you best including sound . Just my Findings of course .
 

ProfJames

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All subjective as above but Yamaha always seem more consistent than most top end horns
 

Nick Wyver

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Funny old business isn't it. I would have said that the last thing Yamahas had was grit and oomph. The most polite saxophones out of the modern ones.
 

daveysaxboy

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Funny old business isn't it. I would have said that the lthing Yamahas had was grit and oomph. The most polite saxophones out of the modern ones.

Funny you think that. Yamaha are known as big bright singing horns. Of my many yams and my yanis I had remember talking tenors here yam are way louder more projection etc . Answer this how many pro tenor players use yani tenors. Not many. Loads on sop alto
 

jazzdoh

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All good advice above,i don't think you would go wrong with ether,my personal preference would be the Yani but i like smooth and silky,just like Scott Hamilton,but i agree with Nick,the Yamaha's i have owned were far from grit and oomph but try both then get what suits you.
 

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