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Bells are either single-seam (one-piece), or a two-piece bell. What is the effect on sound?
As far as I know the yamaha YAS62II has a two-piece bell and the 875Ex has a one-piece bell.
Has the one-piece bell an easier response and fuller sound than the two-piece bell? Is the saxophone with one-piece bell more expensive?
 

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I´d agree with Pete. I´d say the inside dimensions (there´s a special word for this used in conjunction with musical instruments, that I most unfortunately don´t rememember now) is what makes the tonal characteristics and determines the instruments playing properties. Therefore the one or two piece bell isn´t a very important task.
Concerning manufacturing I don´t want to guess. But I thought two-piece bells was an old, almost "prehistoric" or rather vintage issue. Are there any sell arguments for two-piece bells?
 

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Forming a single-piece bell takes time and skill - forming a two-piece bell less so.
There'll be no appreciable difference in the sound between indentical bells formed by either process, but one will have had more care put into it.
That doesn't mean though that it will be more accurately built than a two-piece bell.

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