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I have contacted Yamaha and confirmed that the YSS-875EXWG will be promoted at the NAMM in January 2008 with production taking place "on and/or around that timeframe." Does anyone have a more specific timeframe for the release of this soprano for general public sale?

Secondly and generally, is it worth waiting to buy the YSS-875EXWG? Does the high g key make a "considerable" difference?

Third, why has the high g version taken a few years beyond the release of the 875EX?

Thanks for your help.

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I cannot address the specific soprano model you mention, but I have sopranos with and without high-G keying. Maybe others use theirs, but I sure don't. My most recent soprano acquistion (a Yanagisawa S901) does not have hi-G and that's okay by me. DAVE
 

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So did I! :)

I had a soprano once that had high G and I almost never used it. My newest soprano, S902, doesn't have it and I don't miss it at all.
 

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I agree with the above posts that the high G is no big deal. I too have owned a SIII and a 991 but now enjoy a 901 one-piece without the G and it's the best soprano I've ever owned.
 

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ftttf007 said:
I have contacted Yamaha and confirmed that the YSS-875EXWG will be promoted at the NAMM in January 2008 with production taking place "on and/or around that timeframe." Does anyone have a more specific timeframe for the release of this soprano for general public sale?

Secondly and generally, is it worth waiting to buy the YSS-875EXWG? Does the high g key make a "considerable" difference?

Third, why has the high g version taken a few years beyond the release of the 875EX?

Thanks for your help.

Kind regards,
Okay, so I decided to contact Yamaha regarding the YSS-875EXWG. The folks at Yamaha are very helpful. This model has been perfected over the past few years and will likely be Yamaha's primary production EX model soprano for the US. The horn apparently has been tweaked to perfection and this horn "may" be released at NAMM in January 2008 with production "possibly" available for NASA at the University of South Carolina in April.
 

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ftttf007 said:
This model has been perfected over the past few years and will likely be Yamaha's primary production EX model soprano for the US.
Does this mean that the EXWG will be the only soprano offered in their lineup? Notice that there is no high-G key option in the Selmer Series III soprano. They all have high-G keys.
 

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Does this mean that the EXWG will be the only soprano offered in their lineup? Notice that there is no high-G key option in the Selmer Series III soprano. They all have high-G keys.
Yamaha appears to be planning to make the YSS-EXWG the primary EX line soprano in the US market from 2008 on, though I do not work for Yamaha and cannot definitively speak on this matter. Were Yamaha to announce the previously captioned (and were it true), the sale of the current EX model might suffer.

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Yamaha Sop

I know 1 thing for sure.

A major name sax manufacturer always has something they are working on, experimenting with or further developing. Always!

I have seen a few prototypes for Sopranos and played a few also. The issue isn't weather news of this or that will kill current sales. How would anyone know if the new blabla model was going to be great for them?

I have a 62R soprano and bought it new, when it came into the state, first batch to hit Ca., 3 digit serial number. I have played a lot of great sopranos since, but have stuck with my 62 because it is a great soprano. Was then and is now.

So, I don't worry about the new thing around the corner anymore. If I did, I would still be waiting to by my first computer or cell phone.

The age old rules are always best. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it works for you, play it.
 

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The horn apparently has been tweaked to perfection...
I am disappointed if this implies that they never bothered to "tweak to perfection" their previous offerings. :(
 

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Hmmmm

You must hate your computer the day after you buy one. Every manufacturer on top of there game is putting the best product out, and playing around with other ideas to make it better. We're not talking about a Microsoft here, with serious flaws, known at the time of release. We are talking about ongoing improvement. Yamaha will make small changes on a sax if they find something new makes a difference. When a major design change is discovered to make a 'big' difference, they might release a new model, or just integrate that new information into the entire line. I know a few manufacturing guys and they are always experimenting. How do you think they get the data for a new model?
 

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Each saxophone is different. I tested a new Yamaha soprano (I THINK it was an 875EXWG - it had a bunch of letters and numbers for a model designator) at NAMM this year and it was mediocre. Oh, nice enough I suppose, but I played other brands at NAMM that were much better. I'm glad that Michigan liked the one he/she played. DAVE
 

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Is it worth waiting to buy the YSS-875EXWG? Does the high g key make a "considerable" difference?
It's inconsequential. I would prefer the model without the high G.
 

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FWIW...I have no problem whatsoever playing high G on my Yamaha 875-EX soprano without high G key.
 

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SaxyAcoustician: I played a LOT of sopranos at NAMM. Among the ones I liked were a silver Selmer Serie II, Yanagisawa, the new Kenny G VI-clone, and Cannonball Stone (straight bell). The Unison display had several nice-playing sops and altos. too.

I did not care for the P. Mauriats, the Saxgourmet curved sop, or the Yamahas.

The Yamaha saxophone display was just bland - and difficult to maneuver around. DAVE
 

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SaxyAcoustician: I played a LOT of sopranos at NAMM. Among the ones I liked were a silver Selmer Serie II, Yanagisawa, the new Kenny G VI-clone, and Cannonball Stone (straight bell). The Unison display had several nice-playing sops and altos. too.

I did not care for the P. Mauriats, the Saxgourmet curved sop, or the Yamahas.

The Yamaha saxophone display was just bland - and difficult to maneuver around. DAVE
Thanks, Dave.

Did I miss out on NAMM? Was it held in Los Angeles? Is it always in Los Angeles? :|
 
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