Yanagisawa AWO20U Alto Saxophone - Unlacquered Bronze

$5,169.00
US Taxes Included
Description

A wonderful instrument that will satisfy any professional player

The upgraded replacement for the A992U series, this AWO20U bronze model is one of the World's finest alto saxophones.

Description

Yanagisawa saxes are made by a small family company in Japan that only makes 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 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 A992U developed a reputation over the past 30 years as one of the finest alto saxophones on the market. It was the preferred choice of many Yanagisawa endorsees such as Snake Davis. Its replacement, the AWO20U is even better! Over and above the less expensive AWO2U model, the AWO20U has double key arms, a fully ribbed construction, and an underslung octave mechanism. The bronze offers a richer, broader, more harmonically complex tone.

Most saxes are covered in a thin lacquer to prevent them from tarnishing but this does slightly dampen the resonance of the metal. Unlacquered saxes are very popular as they allow the metal to resonate to its full potential. They require cleaning to keep them shiny or you can leave them to tarnish and fairly soon they take on a nice vintage patina.

The AWO20U has an even stronger tonal core thanks to a re-engineered bore and tone holes, plus many upgraded features.

Features 

 Material: Bronze

 Finish: Unlacquered

 Key Touches: White mother-of-pearl

 Neck: Yanagisawa

 Engraving: Hand engraved

 Case: Yanagisawa, rectangular back-pack style

 Mouthpiece: Yanagisawa Ebonite 7CR

 Made in: Japan

 Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

 Recommended for: All serious sax players

Reviews

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

 

New WO Features

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 braceThe bell and the body of the saxophone are securely connected by a tri-point balanced bell brace

Delivery & Returns

FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS OVER £100 TO UK MAINLAND

FAST & FULLY INSURED INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. PAY THE FINAL LANDED COST AT CHECKOUT!

If you're based overseas and would like more information, please read our overseas guide located here

RETURNS

Goods purchased online 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.

HANDCRAFTED JAPANESE SAXOPHONES

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. 

42 Point Pro 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. 

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We have decades of experience as a saxophone specialist, thoroughly testing all our products and using highly skilled technicians to professionally set up every instrument that leaves the building.

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