This is an A500, a relatively cheapened version of their more popular production models in the '80 to '90.
Often mistaken for better models. The giveaway are to stainless steel springs used to cheapen the production cost. Sometimes the activator spatula of the Bb key is made of plated plastic (more often in the T500), but this generally true of the earlier output.
YANAGISAWA did put model numbers on almost all their saxophones, the series 500 is not identified as such because even that was going to add to cost and cost had to be kept low for this model.
It’s always better to place questions about anything before buying.
I’m a fan of older Yanagisawas. I have an A4 and T4. The ergonomics are closer to Selmer than anything I’ve found, the sound is ok.
I like the 4 series mostly because there’s no articulated G# on the left hand pinkie and high F#.
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