Yanagisawa Wind Instruments

Yanagisawa Wind Instruments

Yanagisawa Wind Instruments is a Japanese woodwind company known for its range of student, intermediate and professional grade saxophones. Along with Yamaha they are one of the leading manufacturers of saxophones in Japan.

A family company, they started production in 1896 but became more widely known after the release in 1954 of the T3 silver-plated tenor saxophone. This was followed in 1956 by the A3, their first alto saxophone. There has been continuous development of their saxophone technology ever since. Their first solid silver saxophone was produced in 1972 and instruments made from phosphor bronze began to be produced in 1992. The company currently manufactures sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.

The company is notable for making saxophones from materials other than the standard brass i.e. phosphor bronze and solid silver, and combinations thereof. For example, Yanagisawa's professional range of alto saxophones features the following instruments:

* A991 - made entirely from solid brass
* A991S - same as A991, but plated with silver
* A991B - same as A991, but plated with black lacquer
* A992 - made entirely from solid phosphor bronze
* A992PG - same as A992, but plated with "pink gold" (80% gold and 20% silver)
* A9930 - solid silver crook and body with solid brass bell and bow
* A9932J - solid silver crook and bell with solid phosphor bronze body and bow
* A9933 - solid silver crook and bell with solid brass body and bow
* A9937 - solid silver crook, body, bow and bell

The permutations are increased by the fact that it is possible to buy a solid brass, silver, or bronze crook from Yanagisawa and fit it to any of the nine instruments listed above e.g. adding a solid silver crook to the A991 or A992, or a phosphor bronze crook to the A9932J or A9937 etc.

Professional saxophonists performing on Yanagisawa instruments include Gary Bartz, Jay Beckenstein, Plas Johnson, Steve Slagle, Peter King, Vincent Herring and Antonio Hart.

External links

* [http://www.yanagisawasax.co.jp/ Yanagisawa Wind Instruments website]

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