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Yanagisawa AWO20 ‘Elite’ Professional Alto Saxophone



Yanagisawa is a huge contender in the professional saxophone market and are considered one of the best in the world. They are a small factory operation blending old world craftsmanship with modern design. All Yanagisawa saxes are handmade in Japan.

Released in 2014 the WO20 saxes represent the first major redesign of Yanagisawa’s saxes in over 20 years. With impeccable intonation and build quality this is Yanagisawa’s main line of saxophones. Featuring ribbed construction for rich and complex tones, redesigned bore, underslung octave key,  and tons of other professional features, this is a phenomenal sax to own for any professional looking to upgrade their sound.

Yanagisawa ‘Elite’ models are true player’s instruments that represent the pinnacle of saxophone craftsmanship. Delivering a moderate level of resistance, the accomplished player can discover a truly effortless tone with unrivalled depth and flexibility, and a genuinely unparalleled freedom of expression.

From a post from Kessler & Sons: “Bronze gives the saxophone a very unique tone. Bronze is a heavier alloy compared to brass. Standard brass is an alloy comprised of Copper & Zinc, with about 70% of that alloy being copper. Bronze is an alloy that consists of Copper & Tin but with around 88-90% of it being copper. The copper is the primary focus here as it adds more mass to the alloy. The use of bronze helps give the Yanagisawa AWO20 a richer, lush tone compared to the brass equivalent model (AWO10). The bronze can be a hair more resistant though, which can be a negative thing, especially for the classical player. This is due to the Yanagisawa AWO20 combining the heavier alloy with the heavier ribbed construction. Together, this adds a lot of mass to the horn that needs to be vibrated by the player. The more mass, the richer the tone but it also increases the overall playing resistance. This setup prefers power and mouthpieces that give more projection. When paired with a classical mouthpiece, it can feel a bit hesitant and even sluggish for the player. When played properly, the WO20 produces a sound that is lush in tonal warmth!”

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Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 18 × 14 in