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I did not like the keywork on the 52s. I prefered the feel of the Yanagisawa 901 baritones better.
 

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I've had a YBS52 for over 20 years now ... great horn. Ergos feel good to me (and I'm a sort-of average-sized person) and the sound is great.
 

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YBS-52's are a well constructed horn. Mine is one of the early ones-#25xx and it still plays well. Many schools use these so most repair techs are familer with maintenance and repair! I repadded mine with 'roo pads and it is a very good playing horn! YBS52's have good intonation-their octave mechanism aids intonation in the mid range where most playing is done. If you can find one at a good price-(under $2000)-go for it!
 

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the 52 is what i started on, and it is a solid horn with a good sound. however, if you have the means, go for the 62. thats what is play now and it is the best bari i've played, and most of the other people who try it say that too.
 

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I agree. My school owns two YBS-62s and they sound fuller and livelier than a YBS-52. If you can't afford a 62, by all means buy the 52, it's a great horn too, but the 62 is really worth the extra money.
 

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especially in silver...
 
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