Yanagisawa AWO20U Alto Saxophone - Unlacquered Bronze
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A wonderful instrument that will satisfy any professional player.
The upgraded replacement for the A992U series, this AWO20U bronze model is one of the World's finest alto saxophones.
Yanagisawa saxes are made by a small family company in Japan who only make professional quality saxes, and they do it very well. This degree of focus means they are of a quality that even their main competitors recognise as the best. Here at Sax.co our technicians love them as they play straight out of the box and they are by far the most reliable instruments we sell.
The Yanagisawa A992U developed a reputation over the past 30 years as one of the finest alto saxophones on the market. It was the preferred choice of many Yanagisawa endorsees such as Snake Davis. It's replacement, the AWO20U is even better! Over and above the less expensive AW02U model, the AW020U has double key arms, a fully ribbed construction and an underslung octave mechanism. The bronze offers a richer, broader, more harmonically complex tone.
Most saxes are covered in a thin lacquer to prevent them from tarnishing but this does slightly dampen the resonance of the metal. Unlacquered saxes are very popular as they allow the metal to resonate to it's full potential. They require cleaning to keep them shiny or you can leave them to tarnish and fairly soon they take on a nice vintage patina.
The AWO20U has an even stronger tonal core thanks to a re-engineered bore and tone holes, plus many upgraded feature such as:
Front F Key
A new redesigned front F key for a better feel.
Right Side Key
Additional feet under the right side key levers (B, C and high E) for a better touch.
Right Pinky Key
New pinky key angle for smoother fingering.
Exquisite new hand engraving.
New Neck Plate
An additional neck plate for tightening the sound.
Palm Key plate
New palm key plate for added high range resonance, acoustic depth and projection across all register, and exceptional tonal stability.
Teflon octave system
Both ends of the octave key axis rotate in a receptacle that is coated with teflon to insure a smooth operation every time
Rocking table mechanism
The C# and Bb keys have a rocking table mechanism that allows for optimal speed and fluidity between these pitches
F-auxiliary key mechanism
Insures a proper seal of the pads when playing in the low range of the saxophone
"Indented" white shell keys
A player's fingers will rest comfortably in the indented white shell keys. The white shells also enhance the beauty of the instrument while also preventing the player's fingers from slipping during technical passages
Pointed pivot screw
The pivot screws that are used have a pointed end which facilitates an accurate center and precise action
Air-tight waterproof pad
The pads are completely air-tight which supports stability in playing and their life is extended thanks to being waterproof
Blue steel springs
Blue steel springs give the player quick response and are more resilient than stainless steel (they also last much longer)
Tri-point balanced bell brace
The bell and the body of the saxophone are sercurely connected by a tri-point balanced bell brace
• Material: Bronze
• Finish: Unlacquered
• Key Touches: White mother of pearl
• Neck: Yanagisawa
• Engraving: Hand engraved
• Case: Yanagisawa, rectangular back-pack style
• Mouthpiece: Yanagisawa Ebonite 7CR
• Made in: Japan
• 9 Month Interest Free Finance Available on this Product
• Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year
• Recommended for: All serious sax players
Yanagisawa have managed to raise the quality of their instruments another notch, with the introduction of the WO series.
The sound delivery of any Yani horn has always been one of richness and smoothness, while remaining free blowing throughout. This quality remains in place on the WO horns but there is an extra degree of warmth and just a little extra focus over and above the old brass models. I’m sure this must be largely due to the change of brass on the AW01 and AW010 models.
As for the bronze models, there is less of a discernable difference tonally but ergonomically all of the range has benefited from tweaks within the mechanism and key-work. These are lovely new horns. Jim (Sax.co.uk)