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The New Yanagisawa SW020 range replaces the long standing S992 series. The body is made of Bronze (a mix of copper and tin) rather than the SW010's brass construction (copper and zinc). This difference in core material affects the tone and the bronze models tend to have a softer, warmer, broader tone than the more direct and punchy sound of a brass SW010 model.
The New SW020 range really does have some major modifications whilst retaining the classic Yanagisawa sound and feel that have made them so popular. The bore size and tone hole size and positioning has all been modified. This is the core of how a Sax plays in terms of response, intonation and resonance.
Yanagisawa are using a different source of brass; the mix and quality of zinc and copper can affect the resonance in particular, much testing was done to ensure the best tonal possibility from a new source of core brass. The right hand 'pinky' keys (low Eb + low C) have been modified in shape and feel to facilitate faster finger movement at the bottom of the instrument. The front F key has been ergonomically re-designed to sit more easily under the players finger when operated.
Additional 'feet' have been added under the right hand side keys (Bb, C and high E) - this is to basically give the mechanism more support and a more positive 'feel' for the player when depressing the key. Finishing off the outfit is a new case and new engraving which of course is all wholly aesthetic but a nice touch nonetheless.
In summary this new Yanagisawa SW020 range offers a depth and full range of tonal colours, this is due in part to the moderate resistance that is present compared to the SW02 series, the extra ribs and plates that run down the body help attach the key posts with more support and strength to the resonating body tube.
Warm tone due to bronze body.
Newly designed keywork for added strength and tonal core.
Supplied in Yanagisawa case with latches and pocket.
Fully workshop checked by professional technicians before sale.
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Yanagisawa SWO20 - Soprano Saxophone Reviews
Anonymous review via Feefo - 2020-05-25
Beautiful instrument with a lovely tone.
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