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It seems like it should be the other way around... :? I guess I would just expect it to cost more to produce the curved horn...

I was comparing prices at USA horn $2,895.00 vs $2,495.00

I guess it's better for me anyways since I like the curved one.
 

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I think the reason is that the straight has two necks (straight and bent), and the curved one has only one neck. The curved yani is excellent, BTW. Have not tried the straight but it is probably as good.
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spinmaster said:
It seems like it should be the other way around... :? I guess I would just expect it to cost more to produce the curved horn...

I was comparing prices at USA horn $2,895.00 vs $2,495.00

I guess it's better for me anyways since I like the curved one.
I always wondered that myself and, like you, am not complaining because I prefer the curved over the straight any day. :)
 

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Unless the curvies do not sell well and it takes a few years to deplerte the stock til Yani makes em again. You could be comparing 2 year old curvies to new straight saxes. Just a thought!!!;)
 

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Straight version also has high G, curved only goes to F#.

Could be that the curved one - which I use - has more standardised parts I guess.

More recent curved 991s have, I believe, some keywork revisions (right hand bell keys for example) compared with earlier ones so the stock build up theory may not be valid.
 

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johnb: As I understand it, the curved Yanagisawa sopranos with the S991/2 model designations are the newer designs (ones with right-side bell pads, etc.). If a curved Yanagisawa soprano is seen with left side bell pads, it is the earlier SC901/2 model.

I've owned two of those, still have the SC902. Both were/are very nice sopranos. I've played an SC991 and liked my older SC902 better. Others rave about their SC991/2's and I fully understand that.

My SC902 does not have G-3 keying, either. No problem, though. I don't know if the SC 991/2's have hi-G, but that is a non-issue for me and many others.

I think the two-neck deal is the reason for the pricing differences between curved and straight. DAVE
 

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Dave,Our SC-991 is keyed to high F#. No high G. Funny thing is when I played the optional soprano part to Steal Away w/ the church choir the part had a high G wrote for it( ) were around the lower G. Didn't take composers long to write high Gs in. I played the piece in 2004 on my then new Super 80 series II keyed tro high F#.
 

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Hello, I took a quick look at my SC-991 curvy. The bell and bow are made from separate pieces, and possibly that allows the body with the stack keys to be made less expensively that the complete long straight body including the bell keys. Also, the SC-991 has many fewer adjusting screws than my YSS-62, which could also hold down the manufacturing cost. Just a guess. Only Mr. Yanigasawa knows for sure!

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