GET A STRONG TONAL CORE WITH THE YANAGISAWA AW01 ALTO SAXOPHONE - GOLD LACQUER
The history of woodwind manufacturing in Japan had its origins in 1894 when Tokutaro Yanagisawa began repairing imported woodwinds for military band members. Within that wartime setting, Tokutaro's repair shop soon evolved into an instrument factory -- the first to build woodwind instruments on Japanese soil.
Tokutaro's son Takanobu followed in his father's footsteps, choosing to pursue a career in the craft of instrument-making, and built his first prototype saxophone in 1951. Although saxophones were already being produced in Japan by then, they were little more than children's toys compared to the instruments imported from abroad. By that point in time, woodwind makers worldwide were already producing saxophones of unrivaled quality, many of which are still prized and played by performing artists even today.
FLUORORESIN-SLEEVED OCTAVE ROCKER
Lost motion is eliminated and smooth octave-key action is ensured by rounding the octave rocker ends and Fluororesin-coating the receiving sleeves they contact.
C#-Bb TABLE KEY LINKAGES
The seesaw linkage between the C# and Bb table keys facilitates faster, smoother fingering technique.
ADJUSTABLE VIBRATION-DAMPING BAR
This enhancement dampens sympathetic vibrations in the right-hand F# key, thus stabilizing the production of notes in the lower register.
GENUINE MOTHER-OF-PEARL TOUCHES
Indented mother-of-pearl key touches are attractive, afford the fingertips a more natural fit and feel, and are less slippery than plastic touches when wet.
METAL THUMB HOOK & REST
Designed to make minimal point contact with the body, the thumb hook enables the instrument to resonate more freely while the brass thumb rest allows for smoother response and improved tonal balance.
POINTED PIVOT SCREWS
For the utmost in precision and reliability, pointed pivot screws ensure that center arms or hinge rods are an exact fit.
SEALED, WATERPROOF PADS
Airtight pads facilitate balanced, leak-free play while quality waterproofing extends pad service life.
Blued-steel needle springs are more elastic than the stainless-steel variety, offer faster action and render a better command of difficult passages.
The tri-point bell-bow brace ensures structural stability and rigidity and enhances resonance even at fortissimo levels.
Conn-Selmer and Yanagisawa are pleased to announce the release of the Yanagisawa WO Series alto saxophones. "The WO Series is the first new line from Yanagisawa in 20 years," stated Robert Lichty, Saxophone Category Manager at Conn-Selmer. He continued, "The WO Series continues to put Yanagisawa at the forefront of ergonomics and saxophone design." The WO Series features two distinct lines - the Professional models (replacing the 90x models) and the Elite models (replacing the 99x Series). Both lines feature improvements in ergonomics, material enhancements and a beautiful new case
All instruments are shop-tested