Yanagisawa AWO1U Alto Saxophone - Unlacquered
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Upgrade now to your first professional quality unlacquered sax
The upgraded replacement for the legendary A901U series, this AWO1U unlacquered 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 that 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 A901U 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 AW01U model.
Lacquer is simply put, a paint that is applied onto a material, for the purpose of keeping the material underneath from tarnishing or making the material an appealing colour. An unlacquered instrument simply has no lacquer applied to the base metal.
Many unlacquered saxophones begin life with a polished finish that is visually similar to a standard lacquered instrument. However, as soon as the saxophone leaves the factory, the tarnishing process will begin. This will give the saxophone a real vintage appeal, the envy of all jazzers out there. This will also explain why it may have signs of aging when you receive it.
Aurally, this means the material has complete freedom of movement for resonance. This will give the tone a fullness on the fringes of the note playing, really filling the space and giving the bottom end especially a real presence.
The AW01U has an even stronger tonal core thanks to a re-engineered bore and tone holes.
• Material: Brass
• Finish: Unlacquered
• Key Touches: White mother of pearl
• Neck: Yanagisawa
• Engraving: Hand engraved
• Case: Yanagisawa, rectangular back-pack style
• Mouthpiece: Yanagisawa Ebonite 6CR
• Made in: Japan
• 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 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)
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Yanagisawa - SINCE 1954
Yanagisawa has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the finest saxophones ever made. The company's dedication to exceptional quality and precision is evident in every instrument they create.
Each saxophone is crafted by skilled artisans using only the finest materials, resulting in instruments that produce a rich, powerful sound with incredible clarity and depth.
We share this commitment to excellence, and take great pride in offering the largest selection of Yanagisawa saxophones anywhere in the world.
FREE 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.