The Yanagisawa AWO20 elite model bronze alto saxophone is the instrument for the accomplished player.
Handmade in the Yanagisawa family workshop in Tokyo, it is the upgraded model of the popular A992 and offers a strong tonal core thanks to the newly re-engineered bore and tone holes. It delivers a superb tonal range with an unmistakably darker edge thanks to the fine bronze body, while the re-designed ergonomics improve fingering.
Additionally the new AWO20 features an enhanced design with the keys mounted to a rib plate which not only gives added strength to the keywork, but has the added benefit of improved resonance and tonal stability. The underslung octave mechanism is considered to have a much quicker, more responsive action. Yanagisawa's 'elite' models are true player's instruments that represent the pinnacle of saxophone craftsmanship. Delivering a moderate level of resistance, the accomplished player can discover a truly effortless tone with unrivalled depth and flexibility, and a genuinely unparalleled freedom of expression.
Quality Mechanisms Yanagisawa has redesigned many elements of the tenor saxophone to make it a better instrument for accomplished players. As standard octave key mechanisms can get sticky over time, Yanagisawa has used fluororesin, non-stick coating to ensure a reliable action with no stickiness for years to come.
The C#, Bb and b keys have been adapted to feature a rocking table (see-saw) mechanism that enables optimal speed and fluidity between these pitches.
The Two20 features metal, adjustable buffers which as opposed to a plastic material increases longevity and accuracy, as well as allowing players to have full aperture control of the bell tone holes. Yanagisawa use blue steel springs as opposed to stainless steel as they are more efficient and hold tension more effectively, therefore enhance the key action. Featuring an overslung octave mechanism which is considered by professionals to provide much quicker, more responsive action. Made from a more expensive material which tends to be found on high-end models.
Yanagisawa provide players with equipment that is flexible to play throughout most musical ranges, so when the tenor saxophone is being played in low ranges the pads will stay well sealed because of the F-auxiliary key that Yanagisawa use on the instrument. Premium Materials Yanagisawa has developed the saxophone's materials in order to improve the sound of the instrument. This particular model features a stunning bronzed body which is suited to both beginners and professionals.
Also featured on this model is a newly designed, newly engineered and specially sourced brass material for improved sound and sonority. A white shell lining has been added to the keys to make the saxophone more eye catching and to reduce the chance of the player's fingers slipping during a technical passage. The angle of the right pinky key has been developed to give players a smoother fingering experience, as well as additional feet added to the right side key to provide a better feel during play.
The TWO2 saxophone features a stunning bronze body that offers dark and rich tones to the instrument - perfect for mellow music. The colour difference between the bronze body and brass mechanisms give a lovely aesthetic touch.
Yanagisawa saxophones feature special pointed pivot screws in the centre of all of the arms. These screws accurately control the stability of the centre arms and help to achieve a high precision action. The bell and body of the saxophone are linked together by a three-point, balanced brace that enables structural security and firm resonance, despite fortissimo being sought.
Hand Engraved & Ebonite Mouthpiece for a luxury finish, the Yanagisawa tenor saxophones feature an attractive and uniquely styled hand engraved pattern on the instrument's body.
Also included is a Yanagisawa branded ebonite mouthpiece - a favourite among sax players. Popular because they produce lovely warm tones and are able to fit into an ensemble seamlessly.
- Key: Eb
- Range: Low Bb to High F#
- Body: Brass
- Bow: Brass
- Bell: Brass
- Keys: Brass
- Finish: Lacquered
- Neck: Brass
- Neck Type: Detachable Neck
- Included Accessories: Fabric Covered Woodshell Case with Outer Pocket and Back Straps + Yanagisawa Branded Ebonite Mouthpiece and Ligature