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Yanagisawa Saxophones

Here at Dawkes Music we stock a wide range of Yanagisawa Saxophones for sale. Yanagisawa are one of the most popular upgrade professional level Saxophones. This is our ultimate guide to the brand, the range and all the differences to help you choose.

The 1990’s saw the introduction of the 900 series which helped cement their hard-earned regard from players and dealers around the world. The classic A901 Alto Sax went on to be a huge seller, directly competing with the popular Yamaha YAS-62 series at the first pro upgrade level of the market. Throughout the 1990’s Yanagisawa continued to push the boundaries of manufacturing by producing bronze and solid silver instruments. Some models even combined both materials to make some very interesting sounding Saxophones.


From the Workshop: Favourite Tools (Ryan)

In this series of blogs we catch up with some of our Repair Technicians and ask them for 3 of their favourite tools, either traditional models or perhaps something they have modified for their own use! This time it’s Ryan…


From the Workshop: Slide Leg Spacers for Trombone

The key when working on Trombone slides is ALIGNMENT – this is especially important when adjusting the position of, or replacing an inner slide tube. There are so many factors to consider to achieve a perfectly smooth running slide. Minor discrepancies can cause fundamental issues which will keep you going round in circles looking for the fault.

Thankfully, there are a number of tools which help to eliminate the guesswork. One that I swear by is the G35 set of inner slide leg spacers from Ferrees. These small wedges of brass are a simple but brilliant method of aligning the slide tube centrally in the cork barrel. 


From the Workshop: ‘Re-Guilding’ Logos

Often on woodwind instruments, engraved or recessed logos with gold detail can wear thin and lose their lustre. Sometimes that little brand name can mean a lot to the owner – the bright gold against the wood of the instrument contrasts beautifully and offers a lovely bit of detail.

During routine maintenance it’s great to be able to offer to restore this tint for customers as it’s quick and easy, but also really visually effective. This small gesture can make an instrument both look and feel brand new to the owner after servicing. We keep stock of 2 different ‘re-guilding’ crayons, and can offer some comparison on both to help guide you towards your choice.


From the Workshop: Favourite Tools (Sunniva)

In this series of blogs we catch up with some of our Repair Technicians and ask them for 3 of their favourite tools, either traditional models or perhaps something they have modified for their own use! First up is Sunniva…


Top 5 Saxophone Accessories – D’Addario

When it comes to saxophone accessories there are so many different choices for players on the market at the moment. Fundamentally any accessory should help or improve the playing & ownership experience. So, with that in mind we thought we would share our top 5 D’Addario Woodwind accessory products for saxophone players.


An Introduction to Music Theory

Throughout the last 12 months we’ve been running some online tuition courses. Wherever you may be based, our experienced tutors can help you improve your skills and musical knowledge.

Our next ‘Introduction to Music Theory’ course is starting on Thursday 22nd April and consists of five weekly lessons (45 mins each) on Zoom covering the following topics:

  • The Staves and Clefs
  • Note Values and Rests
  • Sharps, Flats and Natural Signs
  • Performance Markings (Tempo, Dynamics, Articulation)
  • Bar Lines and Time Signatures
  • Note Groupings, Tied Notes and Intervals
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Degrees of the Scale (Tones, Semi-Tones) & more!

How To Sign Up

If you’re interested in booking, or have any questions, simply email us via:

The cost is £50 for 5 x 45 minute online lessons in a small group of 4 so there will be plenty of time and attention for each pupil.

History of Yamaha Woodwind & Brass Instruments

Yamaha are one of the most recognised musical instrument brands in the world. This is the story of their origins and in particular some of the developments relating to Woodwind & Brass instruments. 

Yamaha history

Saxophone Pad Options

Are you looking to have your Saxophone overhauled in the near future? Our workshop team can help improve the response and playability of your Sax with a full overhaul. We can help advise on choices such as key heights (to create more/less resonance), tuning adjustments and what types of felts or corks to choose.

However, by far the most important choice, is what type of pad you would like on your Saxophone. Pads make a huge difference to the overall feel, resonance, brightness or response of your instrument, as well as the look and feel under your fingers. 

Below, Tim from our woodwind workshop has outlined a range of Saxophone pad options we offer when servicing/overhauling your Saxophone.


From the Bench: Scraping Tools

Our ‘From the Bench’ series is brought to you by the workshop team at Dawkes. In each blog they explain why they find certain tools useful and how they commonly use them as technicians. This time, Abi talks to us about scrapers for Wind & Brass instruments…