Yamaha YSS-475II - Soprano Sax - Gold Lacquer

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A perfect introduction to the soprano sax.

The YSS475 soprano sax sets a benchmark for intermediate horns. Easy blowing and with exceptionally strong intonation this sax is extremely good value and is a perfect sax for student, intermediates or professional players wanting a doubling horn on a budget.


The YSS475 soprano is a superbly reliable ‘workhorse’ instrument, suitable for everyone from students through to many professional “pit band” players. The fact it has proved so popular on the professional circuit is testimony to the fact that these horns play extremely well as well as having the reliability that Yamaha are famed for. The sax has very strong intonation/tuning as well as proving unusually freeblowing when compared with the majority of equivalent instruments.

Tone wise the 475 falls in line with the majority of Yamaha saxes playing medium to bright and with quite a lively & quick response. All in all an instrument which functions extremely well right across the board. Highly recommended

Material: Yellow brass

Finish: Gold lacquer

Key Touches: Polyester

Neck: One piece saxophone

Engraving: Yamaha insignia only

Case: Yamaha hard case w/ backpack straps

Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4C

Made in: Japan

9 Month Interest Free Finance Available on this Product

Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

Recommended for: Extremely versatile- should acquit itself well in most contexts


Soprano saxes have always been trickier to master than larger horns and also, due to the size, precision build quality is critical. Yamaha’s YSS475 is a great sax, noticeably more controllable than the vast majority of student and even intermediate instruments. The quality of the construction is on a par with their normal high standard. For a well made, flexible instrument which really feels like it works with you rather than fighting against you- in this price bracket- the 475 is extremely hard to beat...... Jules@sax.co.uk

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    4.5(based on 3 user reviews)
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    This is a pretty decent intermediate level saxophone. The YSS-475 is a little bit uncomfortable to play because of the key lay out but I am sure the player can get used to that. It does however struggle with intonation and doesnt p,ay in as well as say a yanigisawas s901 sax. It has a more jazzy quality to it rather than a say classical quality to it. The sax is definitely a good first soprano and is good for someone who wants a soprano to have a bit of fun with. For best classical sound I used Selmer s80 mouthpiece, a rovner dark, and vandoren v12 size 4 reeds. For modern/jazz sound I used a Vandoren V5 mouthpiece, vandoren optimum ligature, and vandoren v16 reeds. This Is a pretty good intermediate soprano sax.
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    I am certainly no professional so I dont have the experience with different mouthpieces or even different models of sax. I have had this chap for about a year (also the time I have been rediscovering playing) and although not perfect weve formed a partnership - not perfect but we get along OK. Without the professional experience I would say that you should take time to get to know your instruments quirks and problems of which there are a couple that may just as well be down to me as the instrument (sticking pad and occasional dislocation of the octave spring. Both very simple to remedy). I attempt to play in a jazz frame of reference and I find this sop full of expression and grit when needed. I am using a Vandoren 2.5 reed which makes the altissimo register a bit hit and miss. With more experience I may move to a 3 to make those upper reaches more accessible(big note: using a higher number reed is no indication of proficiency! Always use what suits your embouchure). The build of the instrument is really good although the Db key could be made larger for those with bigger that tiny fingers (practice makes this less of a problem). I shall be sticking with this instrument for a while.
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    I am a tenor player who plays two or three songs in a set on soprano. I have always struggled with intonation. I find the intonation on this instrument extremely good and with my 7* Sopranoplanet Open Sky 2 mouthpiece and Marca Superiere number 2 reeds I get a big warm sound, which I have never achieved with other soprano saxes. I am very happy with it and I dont envisage changing it in the future.
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