Yanagisawa TWO1 - Tenor Saxophone - Gold Lacquer

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Upgrade now to your first professional quality sax.

The upgraded replacement for the legendary T901 series, this TWO1 brass model is suited just as well to aspiring beginners as to experienced professionals.


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 T901 achieved "classic" status over the past 30 years as a remarkable sax for the price and a leader in it's class. With superlative Japanese design and build quality it only ever really had one serious competitor, also from Japan. The best just got better with this new upgraded TW01 model.

The TW01 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.

New Engraving

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 securely connected by a tri-point balanced bell brace

Material: Brass

Finish: Gold lacquered

Key Touches: White mother of pearl

Neck: Yanagisawa

Engraving: Hand engraved

Case: Yanagisawa, rectangular back-pack style

Mouthpiece: Yanagisawa Ebonite 5CR

Made in: Japan

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Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

Recommended for: Advancing students, professionals on a budget


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 O1 and O10 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)

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"Top tenor - great value"
steve w
I first tried the World Series alto saxes a couple of years back at a launch event at sax.co.uk. I went back later as I was looking for a new alto and I liked the AWO1 best of all the horns I tried although I found the neck from the silver plated bronze model made it play a bit better so I bought one of those to go with it. Id been playing a vintage T880 tenor for a while that had bags of character but was a bit heavy and clunky and not very responsive. Based on my experience with the AWO1 I ordered a TWO1and found it very slick and fast, responsive and generally easy to play. The tuning is spot on and its quite easy to create different timbres, including dirty sounds for funk. It has the same sort of appeal as vintage horns like a mark vi in that it has nothing unnecessary - the more expensive models can seem a bit overengineered, not to mention twice the price. The new cases are great as they have back pack straps and a side pocket. The supplied mouthpiece is well worth using although Ive been using a Jody Jazz NY model. In the WO series, yanagisawa have beefed up the action where it always felt flimsy in the 901 series and given more core and body to the sound. Why not 5 stars? Well, the middle D is not quite as clean and clear as notes around it, a common problem on many tenors, althoughdId not experienced itbon a Yani before. That said, as Ive played it more, the adjustment needed has become subconcious so its not really a problem. In my opinion the WO1 horns are a very smart buy. Definitely pro standard yet easy to play and you may actually prefer them to horns twice the price. Of course, if this is at the top of your budget, then there is no need to feel second best. Service was great as always from sax.co.uk.
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