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Totally regret selling my 61s. They felt really "agile" to me. That's a beautiful axe, OP. Love it. Hello from it’s younger sibling. 62ES. Still my most played alto by far. About 22 years old now. I’m pretty fussy about swabbing after every use, rinsing the neck and mouthpiece out, 3M silver strips and Wright’s silver polish when needed. :) View attachment 130367
22 years old?? Could've fooled me.
 

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That 61 looks factory fresh! They've always interested me; I know they're not in production but I've been on-and-off looking for some way to find myself a spare keyguard from one. Interestingly enough, they seem to be one of the only saxophone models not listed in any of Yamaha's parts databases like Yamaha24x7.
 

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Silver is a tough one to get a good picture in, especially with all that warm light.
 

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Yes - thumbhook is a Schucht thumbhook, Neck Screw is from Schagerl, Austria.

The sound really improved with the metal thumbhook. And I like its looks.
 

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Nice. I’ve never heard someone claim a thumb hook improves sound but nothing surprises me anymore. Not after I noticed a difference between a harness hook with and without the plastic protector.
I use the Ishimori ones as I find them incredibly comfortable.
 

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I didn't believe it either before - but I must say I do/did hear some difference - not that anybody else necessarily will, I guess. Behind the horn is not in front of the horn....
Of course Timo Schucht himself claims that there are differerences, otherwise why should he offer different versions :rolleyes: ....

Regardless if other people actually hear it or not, I like the hook as it fits my thumb very well and I like the looks better than the plastic hook.

And - btw - even Yamaha offer a metal "upgrade set" for their thumb hooks and thumb plate for the custom series....
 

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Love/hate the keyguard (😇) but this is an exceptional find. Never played such an early Yamaha. Congratulations.

PS: you’ll need a silver plated ligature. It looks shabby like this. 🤭
 
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