I will begin by thanking Thomann and especially Andreas fro the excellent job and care they took with packaging. It is the first time in my life that I ordered a professional instrument online without having tested the instrument myself.
But with Yanagisawa's quality and Thomann's excellent packaging that was not a problem.
I bought this saxophone as a replacement for my trusted Yangisawa S991 straight soprano. While people are still debating whether straight vs curved makes a difference, to my ears the sound of this bronze, curved soprano is more sweet and mellow that its straight counterpart. I had the opportunity to test this instrument by borrowing ut from a colleague of mine before making the purchase.
I feel that the curved soprano has a a bit more resistance, which means that it requires a more breath support and it might limit the choices of mouthpieces. The mechanism is well engineered. Intonation is as good as it can get for a soprano. As a classical player this is very important for me. I still play a 1927 Buescher and have to use special fingerings, so having a modern instrument with great sound and intonation is welcome.
I am glad that I got an instrument that needed no adjustments
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