The model "S-6" soprano is the one similar to a MKVI.
The designation ELIMONA was used on several of their saxophones (various sizes) to designate the top of that line. I suppose it would be possible that Yanagisawa put ELIMONA on an S-6, but I had a modern-design Yanagisawa soprano (non MKVI design . . . forked palm keys, tilting pinky table, low pads under the horn, dual necks) with the ELIMONA designation on it.
I haven't seen that designation on current Yanagisawa saxophones. Prima I don't know about. DAVE
Seargent: If so, that corroborates my contention that the ELIMONA designator merely means an upgrade to the basic design.
Is your ELIMONA soprano styled like a MKVI? If so, and yours has a pearl touch, I think that's all there is to it . . . several S-6's without the pearl touch and then yours WITH a pearl touch, thus yours is an ELIMONA and the others are not, even though they have the same basic design.
mjs10: Most saxophones differ in sound, even among similar models, meaning that you could take three so-called Elimonas and hear/feel differences. Not better or worse, in most cases, just differences.
However, I seriously doubt that adding a pearl touch to a plain S-6 would make any difference. if there WAS a difference, it would probably come from the natural differences among saxophones and not because of some added filagree or peral-whatevers.
Are there differences between an S-6 and a new S991/901/902/992, etc., etc.? Yes - same as the first paragraph, but it is up to the player to decide whether or not those differences amount to anything significant.
I have an S992 and an SC902 - and I'm expecting an S901 this week (from Witchitaband off of eBay). There are differences, but not better or worse. When I play my 1928 straight TT and then pick up my S992 or Antigua 590, they all sound like me on soprano. Different? Yes, but that's all. DAVE
My Yani Elimona 800 alto bears all the 880 features except the underslung neck and the G# pearl. Wonderful horn. I've always imagined it to be a transitional horn and maybe it got the Elimona tag because it had the best features they offered at that particular moment.
Hidesaku, my wife and I took a tour of Napa about a month ago. He's busy at work, recovering from lost time due to his US vacation, I'm sure. If he gets a free moment, he may chime in.
According to him, Yani doesn't sell directly to the public in Japan...all of those horns are sold by either by Prima Gakki (hence the name stenciled) or Zen-On. Some horns are stenciled Prima and others aren't.
Any horn marked Prima will have been originally sold for the Japanese market...it has nothing to do with the quality of the model. The Elimona series are indeed a higher-grade horn.
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