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Looking to follow this thread ... just started playing sax again after 40 years .... playing the Tenor this time ... teaching my boys alto.
What was the difference between a YAS475 and the YAS62 that made you decide to make the change?I just went through the process of vintage horn vs new Yamaha. I have some sax playing friends who offered up a few vintage pieces. The standard student Selmer Bundy stuff (playable but not in the running), a few nice Martin horns between 1500 and 2k, a Selmer Omega and a few others. I went with the 62 because I didn't want to deal with the responsibility and possible complication of an older horn. It's like guitars. So many wonderful vintage pieces, but for a beginner, I'd always suggest a high-quality brand new instrument with a warranty.
I moved through renting a used AD200, purchased a YAS475, and instantly swapped it jn for the 62. There are already enough hurdles for the beginner. You need to know that the horn is not holding you back because of bad pads, leaks, sketchy mechanisms, ergonomics, etc... If you're honking like a goose, it's you, and you need to fix it in you, not the horn.
Another thing I've done is move to Legere Signature reeds. I prefer cane sound, but need the consistency and simplify of synthetic right now. Remove as many complications as you can when beginning. I'll go back to cane later, when my chops improve.
But I say the 62. It's a great reliable instrument that is a pleasure to hold and play.
I have a chance to buy a 475 refurbished for decent money, and was also interested in a YTS 62 III.The 475 was a really nice piece, but I got a deal on the 62 for just a few hundred bucks more, and I was inside the window to return it to the nice folks at WWBW, who did the exchange. I'm actually not experienced enough to know the difference in stuff like additional keys and that, but it feels like the 62 blows a touch easier... either that, or I'm just at the point where my embouchure and breath control are improving, because most people say the 475 blows easier. IDK. Both horns seem about the same to my fingers and ears. I think the 62 might be a bit lighter, and a touch brighter in tone, but I also changed to a JJ mouthpiece, so that's probably affecting the tone more than the horn.
Bottom line... I could replace an intermediate horn for a pro horn for a few hundred bucks, so why not do it. I wanted something I'll grow into, although both could be that. I just thought, go for the higher level horn right now instead of selling the 475 at a loss later to move up.
When I was playing sax at age 9 - 14, I was technically really good ... good enough to be a Music Union member and get paid on gigs with the concert band.I can say the JJ HR* was a nice step up. I almost never practice without recording myself, and I noticed a marked change in average tone (I have two steady setups right now. Home is U87>SCA N72. Work is AT4050>NEVE 5024. No comp either) between by old 4C and the JJ*. JJ feels easier to control pitch and is just a touch brighter, but I'm also developing a feel for being able to tone down the high end with it, when I want a darker tone. Something I still can't seem to do with the 4C. It kind of is what it is, no flex.