I have been playing the Yanagisawa A 901 for 7 years. During that time, I have played other saxophone makes. Tenor, soprano and alto. I have found nothing that I like better than the 901. No finish issues and the middle D is very well balanced and easier playing that any of the sax's I've played. Of course this is all a personal thing. The only issue I have ever had with it, is the mouthpiece. Never liked it and never got along with it at all. Mainly I use a Rousseau JDZ 7 and sometimes, depending on the music, A Runyon Custom.