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Hi there,
lately ive been wondering if i should purchase a new neck for my T901 (now, that i got the money ;-) ). I am really happy with my yani, i got a yani metal mtp 7 and it just works great for me... ok i´ll quit the introduction:-D here is actually my real question:
Should i buy a new neck (which is really expensive, when you consider to buy a sterling silver neck..) for my yana T901 (which is a student modell i think..)?
The point is, that im not quit sure if i should upgrade a student modell like that when i could buy a better saxophone with my money...
I hope u got my question and please tell me your opinion :)

P.S.:i wasnt really sure if i should post this thread in the neck forum, but i considered that it was not a specific neck issue.. So please dont say something like "wrong forum" or "go post somewhere else" ;-) Its my first post in here, so be kind! :-D
 

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I'd say first of all, you need to know or have an idea of what you'd like to be different over the tone your getting with the original neck.

I play a T901 with a bronze neck now. The bronze neck, for me, makes the sound a little less focused and more spread sounding (IE character). It may not be as loud or project as well as the original but it has made it more Selmerish and not as bland/sterile sounding. YMMV

BTW, Yanagisawa does not make a "beginner" horn. All their horns are professional level quality. The upgraded models may be more durable in the long term but the 901 is still a pro level horn.


Glen

PS I talked to Dave Kessler in Las Vegas and ordered my neck from him.
 

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I use a "copper" Selmer Series III neck on my T901. The sound seems more full to me. No intonation or response problems.
 

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I'd say first of all, you need to know or have an idea of what you'd like to be different over the tone your getting with the original neck.
not quite sure about that.. i think i´d like to have a fatter and darker tone but it should also stay soft in velocity ( i dont want to have a brecker like tone^^).
 

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Hello, I am having the T900u which is identical with T901.Had no intonation problems,bud somehow the palm keys sounded tin.Buying a neck from Phil Barone this problem is solved. Te whole instrument sounds more even.
 

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I've a yanagisawa 65 neck for tenor underslung if you are interested
 

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Another anecdotal data point....

The T901/T902 is a professional quality horn, though I'm sure there are many students/amateurs (like me) out there who play one. I have a T902, and have practiced on it daily since early 2002. Because of lime deposits from my saliva, I've had to replace the palm-key pads (maybe twice) but everything else is holding up incredibly well. Oh, except for the lacquer, which peeled off the neck and the inside of the bell.... I now wax those bare areas every now and then, so they still look fairly clean and shiny.

In the never-ending quest for my "voice," I tried a Selmer Ref36 and MarkVI neck on mine. They both eased the task of getting a fatter low end out of the horn but they conversely made the high end notes much thinner. That was my experience. The original neck works best for me. My favored setup is either a plain-new Link Tone Edge 6* or a slightly refaced (shorter lay) NY Link STM 7 with a JAVA 2.5 reed.
 

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Psycodelic said:
I am really happy with my yani, i got a yani metal mtp 7 and it just works great for me...
The point is, that im not quit sure if i should upgrade a student modell like that when i could buy a better saxophone with my money...
The 901 is a 'full-on' professional saxophone...just one for players that prefer the lightweight of a non-ribbed construction horn, and want to save a little money on 'deluxe' features like double-armed keys, metal thumbrests, etc...

If you are "really happy" with your horn, why are you looking to do anything other than practice on it all the time? I don't think you can but a "better saxophone", just a different one that costs more.
 

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thx for all your replies; all in all you answered in the way i expected.. so.. well i guess ill stay with my setup for another while ;-)
 
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