M Exner said:
As others have said they're both great horns. It's like choosing between a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord.
The Honda-Toyota camparison is a good one. No matter how rational we consider ourselves, the final purchase decision has an emotional aspect.
Toyota-Honda and Yamaha-Yanagisawa offer parallel choices. Toyota builds excellent cars, a lot of them, and a lot of different models. They strike me as a production-driven company. Honda was started by one individual. They are an engineering-oriented company. They sell fewer cars and offer fewer models. The Camry stresses ride over handling. The Accord, while having a good ride, puts more emphasis on handling. Both great cars, just slightly different orientation.
Yamaha builds almost everything, and they build them well. Yanagisawa builds only saxophones. That is not just their focus, it's their reason for being. The quality of the two is similar. Seems to me that passion is on the side of Yanagisawa.
Everyone has valid reasons for their choices. I choose Yanagisawa and Honda, just because I feel an emotional tie between me and those products. That's because I have an image (rightly or wrongly) that Yani and Honda are emotional about what they make, while Yamaha and Toyota are emotional only about money.
This may well be irrational, but we are all affected by image and emotion.