Yamaha YTS-82ZUL Atelier Limited Edition Unlacquered - Tenor Sax

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Introducing the new Atelier limited edition Custom Z tenor saxophone in an unlacquered finish...

This amazing new Yamaha YTS-82Z model is based around the standard model but with a few notable differences that do quite radically change the way it plays.

This 'Atelier' model was designed in conjunction with some of the leading pro's in the world who have direct contact with Yamaha artist liaison through their global Atelier centres. The changes have been put into place on this limited edition model to offer players an alternative sound concept to the standard 82Z.

So, on this Atelier model there are the following changes:

New C1 Crook:

Yamaha have matched this model up with the C1 crook, instead of the V1 used on the 82Z normally. The C1 has the narrowest taper of all the Custom Yamaha crooks, as such it centres the sound into a rich column and is very free blowing.

Oversized Neck Screw:

We first saw these on some visiting US pro players Saxes around 10 years ago. It seemed that a lot of the LA based players especially were going nutty over these new screws. Fundamentally it's a case of adding extra weight to selected nodal points on the instrument. These are the areas that aid the resonance and vibrancy of the instrument. Commonly adding weight will give the player the sense of solidity in the tone and a little something extra to blow against.

Lightweight Thumb Rest:

There is a new lightweight thumb rest which again has been designed to compliment the various acoustic points on the instrument. It's often a case of balancing the addition or reduction of certain elements to get the instrument resonating as positively as possible.

Key Modifications:

Alongside the aforementioned changes there are a couple of small modifications with some of the keywork and guard designs. For example the right hand action pillars are soldered independently to the body, not on a brass rib, this promotes more resonance without that deadening rib being attached. Yamaha have also gone back to the classic bell to body tab design.

All these seemingly small modifications add up to turn this into a different beast to the normal 82Z. We found during our testing that it sounded more lively and solid, plus the tuning was impeccable due to the taper in the C1 crook. It's quite possibly the most exciting Yamaha Sax we've ever played...

  • Hand finished in Yamaha Pro Japan factory.
  • One piece bell aids overall resonance and response.
  • Unlacquered for ultimate freedom of resonance
  • Reduced neck weight (C1 type) and heavier neck screw.
  • Improved key layout and strap position.
  • Original bell to body ring design.
  • Lighter weight thumb rest.
  • Supplied in Custom Z leather shaped case with Yamaha ebonite mouthpiece and accessories.

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