Yamaha YTS-280 - Tenor Saxophone - Gold Lacquer

Please note: Yamaha does not allow us to sell you this product if you live outside Europe. Worldwide shipping is available on all other brands. 
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The World's most popular student saxophone

The Yamaha YTS280 is generally regarded as one of the best student horns on the market. For getting started and even as a budget horn for a more advanced player- these are an ideal choice.


The YTS280 is a sax which really stands out from the pack when it comes to student horns- with its smooth keywork, easy blowing character and overall responsiveness this is a sax which is very hard to beat. Add to that the Yamaha 4C mouthpiece included as standard, rugged build quality, very good case and the fact they hold their value exceptionally well and this is very much the instrument of choice in its price range.


 Material: Brass

 Finish: Gold lacquer

 Key Touches: White polyester

 Neck: Yamaha

 Case: Light but very strong. W/ backpack straps and A4 pocket

 Mouthpiece: Plastic Yamaha 4c

 Made in: Indonesia

 Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

 Recommended for: Ease of use. Great ergonomics for beginners 

Product Reviews

The YTS 280 is widely regarded as the best student tenor sax in the World and I cannot disagree. The build quality, tuning and ergonomics are the best in class and better than many more expensive saxes. As with most student saxes the tone is on the light and bright side - there has to be a reason to buy the more expensive models! Phill Straker (Sax.co.uk)

Delivery & Returns



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Orders in stock and received before 2pm are normally shipped the same day. International orders are generally received in under 7 days.


Goods purchased online from www.sax.co.uk can be returned within 14 days of receipt. This does not apply to custom ordered goods, products where hygiene is concerned and product seals have been broken (reeds, mouthpieces etc), digital download codes or software licences. Goods purchased through our website cannot be returned to our retail stores.

Which Yamaha is right for you?

Jim compares the YAS-280, YAS-62 & YAS-875EX

Yamaha is a highly recognized name in the world of music, known for producing instruments that cater to musicians of all proficiency levels. Whether you're a budding beginner or a seasoned professional, Yamaha has a wide range of instruments to meet your needs.

The "Start Small Dream Big" campaign is designed to inspire and encourage aspiring musicians to pick up their first instrument. It offers a rich array of resources aimed at facilitating learning and practice. These resources encompass a variety of online lessons, engaging play-along practice tools, and an extensive library of sheet music. The ultimate goal is to help you unlock the full potential of your instrument while keeping your passion for learning alive and thriving.

5-Year Extended Warranty

Enjoy extra peace of mind with Yamaha's extended 5 year warranty on this saxophone. Simply follow the instructions provided with the instrument to register.

Saxophone Set-up

42 point pro saxophone set-up included

All of our instruments are fully checked and set-up by our experienced technicians. Regardless of size or price - all saxophones go through the same process.  Here at SAX, we know that when you buy an instrument, our pro set up is absolutely essential to ensure the instrument you're purchasing is playing to it's optimum performance. 

Furthermore, we offer an exclusive benefit to our customers. Any new saxophone purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE checkover to make sure your saxophone continues to perform its best.