Yanagisawa A9932J 2005 Alto Saxophone - Pre-Owned

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A unique 2005 Yanagisawa with a one-of-a-kind engraving on the bell. Includes the original case and a Yanagisawa ebonite mouthpiece.


This saxophone was referenced with the following history by the previous owner:


"Having worked in the musical instrument industry most of my life, 42 years to be exact, from time to time I have come across instruments which have a bit of a story to them. This Yanagisawa A09932J is certainly one of them.


I was first introduced to the Yanagisawa Company in 1976 while working for Rossetti Ltd. who took over the distribution for the UK. Little did I know at that time that I would be involved with the Yanagisawa Company until I retired in 2011 and after I joined Barnes and Mullins Ltd. in 1989 and acquired the Yanagisawa product range for B&M in late 1990.


In 2001, I arranged for Peter King to visit the Yanagisawa factory while on a tour with The Charlie Watts Band. Peter enjoyed the visit and tried various altos while he was there, and when asked his preference he pointed to the A-9932Z. That evening Mr. Yanagisawa attended the gig at the Blue Note in Tokyo and surprised Peter King by presenting him with the A-9932Z (at that time, the A-9932Z was only available in Japan as a special for the Zen-On Music Company’s 50 year celebration).


On his return we met up at Ronnie Scott Club in London and Peter was over the moon with his new sax. He had assumed that the sax had a bronze body with a silver plated crook and bow. He was very surprised when I told him that the crook and bow were solid silver!


The sax soon became known on the street as the Peter King model. At Barns and Mullins we decided to stock the model exclusively but without the gold plating inside the bell and catalogued it as the A-9932J.


History A-9932J #00268961 (Grand Slam Model)

On a bleak Wednesday afternoon in March 2005, I received a telephone call from Mr. K. Sakurai (export sales manager at Yanagisawa) asking me what I would do if Wales won the Rugby Five Nations on the following Sunday. Mr. Sakurai was a huge rugby fan since his days at university. I thought that it was doubtful, as Ireland had seemed to be the stronger side. However, I jokingly replied that if they won, I would commission a special sax to commemorate the event.


The following Wednesday Mr. Sakurai rang again with vibrant congratulations and expressed his disappointment at not receiving my design. Not to be outdone and live up to my promise, I got my head down and emailed the design that evening.


I received the saxophone about six weeks later and I was completely knocked out with it. It proved to be the highlight of so many saxophone shows throughout the UK. I treasured this saxophone and not only was it used for exhibitions but it helped some great players out of a jam when their saxophone had a mishap or been in for repair.


The Lovely Laura (Laura Fowles) borrowed it while deciding which sax to go for. I believe she played it at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the Take That concert. That’s very worthy for a Grand Slam.


Jonathan Radford won a top saxophone playing award while he was a music student in Manchester. After the concert he forgot to fasten the zip on his sax case and his sax came tumbling down. For winning the competition, he had to headline a concert at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester the following night but had no sax. About lunchtime he rang me in London to see if I could help. I rang The Lovely Laura in Leeds and to my surprise she was just about to leave for a gig in Manchester. She kindly delivered the sax to Jonathan and he played it at The Bridgewater Hall that night.


I retired in 2011 from full time work but at Mr. Yanagisawa’s request I work one week every year with the Yanagisawa team at the Frankfurt show which I look forward to and enjoy very much.

I am not a sax player but there is some magic attached to this sax and I am very proud to have owned it. I hope that you will treasure it and I shall still be able to see it at a gig somewhere!"

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