Yanagisawa AWO1 Alto Saxophone - Gold Lacquer

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RRP: £3,171.00 Our Price: £2,295.00
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Upgrade now to your first professional quality sax.

The AWO1 is the upgraded replacement for the legendary A901 series. This AWO1 brass model is as suitable for aspiring beginners as for 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 A901 achieved "classic" status over the past 30 years as a remarkable sax for the price and a leader in its 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 AWO1 model.

The AWO1 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

9 Month Interest Free Finance Available on this Product

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 AWO1 and AWO10 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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    5.0(based on 4 user reviews)
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    I purchased this saxophone four days ago on Tuesday, and have barely stopped playing it since other than to sleep! The build quality of both the sax and the accompanying case is extremely high. It is a joy to play. It is worth noting that, when not being used in backpack mode, the straps can be hidden away behind a zippable flap. I would thoroughly reccomend the sax - a bargain at this price too.
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    This is the best entry level profesional alto saxophone, It outplayed the Selem Axos and the YAS-62. It is a step up from the entry level pro models really and is priced very reasonably. It is surprisingly different from the a901 ( a sax that I own). It is a bit more focused and sweet while the older a901 is more clean, filterd, and has slightly better projection. The top register is a breeze on both the Awo1 and the a901 and has good intonation. It is also different because of the case. The case has an pocket or two on top and a cover latch while the a901 case is more generic. Personally I like the a901 case better but that is irrelevant. The front auxiliary F key is slightly less comfortable on the Awo1 but nothing the player cannot get used to. The key action is very precise on the Awo1 (as well as the a901) and the pads are very water resistant as I tested. Surprisingly for an alto saxophone altissimo notes and overtones are a breeze. For the best classical sound I used a Selmer s90 C*, a rovner dark, and vandoren v12 size 3 1/2 (alwysseem to work for me) for classical and a vandoren v16, rovner light and vandoren ZZ Jazz size 3 1/2 for jazz/modern. This is an amazing saxophone I highly recommend it for anyone from a begining student to the next john Coltrane (or Kenny G for those smooth jazz fans ;) ) You should definitely invest in this saxophone, its well worth the money.
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    This is an amazing saxophone. I bought this for my nephew who has played the saxophone for over seven years. He was VERY impressed by it. He said "This saxophone is amazing. It is much, much better than my old YAS-475. I love this saxophone!" I myself am a saxophone player who owns a Selmer Super Action 80 series III. I was very impressed with the overall quality of this saxophone. It is amazing. My nephew says he uses an ebonite Meyer 7m, a vandoren optimum ligature, and rico jazz select filed reeds. This is a saxophone that is well worth the investment. You should DEFINITLY buy it.
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