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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Jap...a866-4aba-842f-c2d3d72a3079&priceBeautifyAB=0

any experience with this sax ?
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Totally a clone. Ali Express sells a lot of cheap clone saxes. While they are a good site for little trinkets and such (I've personally purchased some signs and stuff for my game room from here) there is no way I would personally buy a sax from here. Might end up getting lucky and it might play ok, but all the saxes i've seen advertised as brand names like Yani on there are definitely clones.
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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Jap...a866-4aba-842f-c2d3d72a3079&priceBeautifyAB=0

any experience with this sax ?
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No, it's not a real Yanagisawa. The AliExpress platform is for Chinese suppliers to distribute their wares outside of China. I have seen a few Taiwanese shops there, but you can count on just about anything sold on AliExpress to be a Chinese sources item regardless of the logo in the ad or on the product. Real Yanagisawas are quite expensive in China, so you aren't going to find a Chinese supplier with some magic low cost inventory they will pass on to you.

Second, the ad copy says it's a Bb soprano, but the photos are a sopranino. It's the same phosphor copper body nino sold all eBay. There are only a couple of factories in the mainland that make these, so they sell them without any logo. Anyone can buy it and engrave whatever brand they want on it. IF you buy one of these, it likely will not have a Yanagisawa logo - that ad says the brand is Kaluolin. I think these are the ones made by Oves in Tianjin.
 

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That is wrong on so many levels. I couldn't see if the actual horn was marked YANAGISAWA (as is the text) but if it is it is counterfeit, a more accurate term than CLONE. That would be a trademark infringement - a crime.

If not marked Yanagisawa, it is merely fraudulent advertising (which may be a crime in many jurisdictions). Either way, no one should do business with this site. By the way, the horn is not keyed to high F, as are most Bb Yanagisawa sopranos. DAVE
 

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Many thanks... no more questions about...it is a cheap imitation..
 

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I'm guessing it is legit. I had an S992 for a while but I can't do a side-by-side now because it is long gone. My SC902 is in the shop right now so it is not available for any comparisons. But the stampings and engraving looks legit as does the case.

Plus, it appears the seller is a legit business and evaluating the source when dealing with questioned merchandise is always an element of authenticating an item. Of course, there are always exceptions . . . DAVE
 

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Could someone tell me if this one looks legit?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yanagisawa-Professional-Soprano-Saxophone-S-991/142922097530

My concerns are the "S991" being engraved by the logo as opposed to on the back by the s/n.

idk.. just doesn't quite seem the same as the pictures on Kessler's site (https://www.kesslerandsons.com/product/yanagisawa-s991-soprano-sax/). I noticed the case is slighly different too (the little compartments where the necks and mpc go are in different spots).
That one looks legit. It would have been made in 2002. In fact, I considering bidding on it.

What is not a legitimate is this one.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japan-YANA...m=153160781896&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Notice there are three sets of photos. One set is stock photos of a Yanagisawa S901. One set is of model number, serial numbers, and Made in Japan. I would be suspect of a horn with this style of engraving. I haven’t looked at new ones recently, but this is not the style Yanagisawa has used in the past.

Regardless, the third set of photos is of a sax in a case. I bet that is the style of sax a buyer would receive. It is obviously not a Yanagisawa S901 or even a copy, however it is fixed new and keyed to high F#.

Buyer Beware
 
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