Anybody own a S6 or 880 or Prima or markVI style Yana soprano? I wanna know if they are completely straight or slightly bended. I bought one recently and found out it's slight bended to the pam key side.
I've owned them and/or played them. They SHOULD be straight. However, I have seen so-called straight sopranos with slight bends in the tube. That circumstance is not normal and most likely caused by damage. DAVE
The only acceptable bend in a "straight" one-piece soprano is the one found in the necks on one of the established bent-neck straight sopranos such as the YSS-62 series. I've seen a straight, one-piece bent neck Yani once...it was a special model (S-902R) that was made for a very limited time. I've heard of people modifying their MKVIs to have a bent neck.
I have had a couple of bent sopranos...one of them was very slight and you almost couldn't notice it. It played top to bottom, but intonation was never the best. The other one was quite noticeable, and wouldn't play without being worked on. Neither showed the classic signs of trauma you would expect (kinks or bends at the tone holes). The one that had the noticeable bend was bent towards the palm keys, just as yours is. I cannot for the life of me imagine why someone would bend the horn purposely towards the palm keys...that is a sure sign of damage.
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