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Im looking to get a new saxophone and i have pretty much narrowed it down to a couple choices - either a yamaha 875ex, yani 991, or a yani 992.

I have tried all of them, not back to back though, and they seem to all be pretty free blowing.

I am going to be a freshman in college next year and will hopefully be in a concert band and a jazz band, so i want a saxophone that is a good mix of a warm and bright tone. Also something that has pretty good intonation, unlike the saxophone i have now.

what are the main differences between the yanagisawa 991 and 992?
 

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I'm pretty sure the 992 is the same as the 991 except that it's made out of bronze instead of brass. Some say that gives it a darker, warmer sound.
 

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Any reason why you're not considering the 82Z? Or even the 62II?

If I had to choose between the 82Z or the 875EX, it would be the 82Z. My preference is the 62II.

The Yanagisawa 991/992 is a fantastic horn. The only difference between the two is the brass alloy. The 992 contains more bronze. Whether or not it makes any difference in sound is arguable (it doesn't).
 

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i don't know about the yanis but the 82Z's and the 62II's have adjustments for most all the keys. this comes in handy if you don't live near a competent tech.
 

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The Yanagisawa A992 is the best modern horn made, in my opinion. Fantastic keywork, great intonation, a full, warm, rich vintage-like tone and quality construction. What more could you want?

The 82Z can also be an exceptional saxophone, but for me these have been hit or miss. The ones that play great are incredible horns, even if the intonation is sometimes a little squirrely.

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Im going to a shop this weekend to try out saxes and will definitely try out the 82zand the 875ex again. The store doesnt have any yanagisawas but in a couple weeks we have a jazz band competition and there is always a vendor with yanagisawas, but for now im leaning more towards a yamaha.

Im not really looking at a selmer because of the price, but maybe if i like them i will be able to find a used one. Of the selmers, which one is better?
62, super action series II or III?

thanks for the help
 

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The Yanagisawa A992 is the best modern horn made, in my opinion. Fantastic keywork, great intonation, a full, warm, rich vintage-like tone and quality construction. What more could you want?

The 82Z can also be an exceptional saxophone, but for me these have been hit or miss. The ones that play great are incredible horns, even if the intonation is sometimes a little squirrely.

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Agreed, except that I don't like the 82Z. I can vouch for the amazingness of the Yanagisawa. Never tried the 875, though I've heard amazing things about it.

As for the Selmers...what I would say about the Series II would undoubtedly put the board in an uproar against me. The 62 models are the Series III, by the way. The 52 is the Series II.
 

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I have an 875ex alto. It has that warmly bright tone you talk about. It can play any mouthpiece that's put in front of it and play in tune. I've played the 62, the 62II, the 82z, and they all are pretty similar. If I was you, I would look into buying a 62II. There really isn't that much of a difference soundwise to any of them. They are basically all the same with minimal changes. The 62 is your best bet on price, for a horn that sounds relatively the same as the other custom models. If you want to go with the Z or the EX later, you can always sell the 62 easily, and get the custom. I have a near mint YAS-875ex alto in perfect playing condition you might make an offer on. Otherwise get a 62II, and look for a used one in top playing condition.
 

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so then what are the differences between the selmer II and III?

I just found out that the Yamaha 875EX doesnt have a place for a lyre which I may need, so im so sure about that one anymore...
 

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I was reading it a review....does it have a place for a lyre? That would be great except then i have another saxophone to choose from...
 

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so then what are the differences between the selmer II and III?

I just found out that the Yamaha 875EX doesnt have a place for a lyre which I may need, so im so sure about that one anymore...
And further, if you're even considering marching with a horn like this...:shock:

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oh no, i would never march it - i have my selmer bundy for that...

i may need the lyre for basketball pep band
Play the bundy in the pep band, too. Trust me.

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Play the bundy in the pep band, too. Trust me.

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I agree 200%. I've seen some horns take nasty spills on ANY kind of sporting event gig.

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Ti Answer Your Question On The Series Ii And Iii. The Seriesiii Is Supposed To Be A Brighter Horn Than The Ii. Closer To The Yamaha Sound Than The Ii.
The Series Ii Was A Darker Horn Than The Sa80 Or The Iii. One Of My Students Has A Keilwerth Tenor And A Series Iii Tenor. The Iii Is Considerably Brighter And More Centered Than The Kielwerth Or His 54 Alto .
 

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So, I went to the music store yesterday and tried out some saxophones. I started with the custom z and then tried the 875 EX and liked the EX better, so i put the custom z away. Then i tried a selmer series II next to the EX and liked the selmer better, so i put the EX away. Then I tried the selmer next to a keilwerth, and ended up buying the keilwerth. I really didnt think I would like it, but it is a great horn. The only thing problem is that i was planning on getting a contoured protec case for it, but the big bell doesnt fit, so ill have to wait on that, but that's alright.

Thanks for everyone's help!
 

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So, I went to the music store yesterday and tried out some saxophones. I started with the custom z and then tried the 875 EX and liked the EX better, so i put the custom z away. Then i tried a selmer series II next to the EX and liked the selmer better, so i put the EX away. Then I tried the selmer next to a keilwerth, and ended up buying the keilwerth. I really didnt think I would like it, but it is a great horn. The only thing problem is that i was planning on getting a contoured protec case for it, but the big bell doesnt fit, so ill have to wait on that, but that's alright.

Thanks for everyone's help!
It's always interesting how different people's tastes are. The Keilwerth is a great horn as are the rest you mentioned. Have fun with it. :)
 
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