I would have gone about unpacking that sax alittle differently. I would have gone right for the actual sax first. The owners manual, mouthpiece, reeds and neckstrap would've been pulled out last, only to make room for my own stuff.
My store just got an 82z in Lacquer and I have to say it is quite the horn.
I have never been unhappy with my soprano - it's a Yanagisawa made "Whitehall" which is a VI Copy. I play a french Coast blank which has been opened up to as far as my refacer said seemed safe, and I play Hemke 3 Reeds with a Vandoren optimum ligature on it. This gives me as big a sound as I feel I can get. It's quite the beast.
This morning I came in early to try out the 82z and it really surprised me. I've only ever played 1 other horn that I felt really was on par with my horn which was a Selmer SA80, it wasn't really better it just had some extra warmth to the sound. The 82Z though, wow! First off, the intonation was awesome: Everything seemed to sit within 5-10 cents sharp/flat without much adjusting to the embouchure/oral cavity. The placement of the Keys is great in particular the palm keys, often I find palm keys are just uncomfortable on a soprano sax - the 82z has nailed it as far as I'm concerned. The tone I can produce with it is wel... GREAT! It really sings! If I have any complaint about my soprano is that as I push it, the horn gets just a touch bright. The custom Z has a good brightness to the horn but as I push the sound seems to continue to spread and not thin out/brighten up, which is amazing. I'm no huge fan of yamaha horns on the whole, they are great but they aren't really my bag, this horn however, is a force to be reckoned with!!
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