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Yamaha Custom Z Saxophones Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Redesign

United States
YAS-82ZII and YTS-82ZII Offer High-Quality, Free and Easy Response

ANAHEIM, Calif., January 24, 2012 — Yamaha Corporation of America Band & Orchestral Division will debut the YAS-82ZII and YTS-82ZII Custom Z saxophones at the 2013 NAMM Show. The new Custom Z alto and tenor saxophones, ideal for concert band, solo jazz performance, jazz band and a wide range of solo and ensemble settings, feature materials and craftsmanship of the highest quality with the most up-to-date technology. Available in multiple finish options, these models replace the YAS-82Z and YTS-82Z.

The new Custom Zs are targeted towards school-aged, collegiate and professional saxophonists who play in a solo or ensemble setting. Yamaha anticipates high demand – as the current models (both alto and tenor) have been top sellers in the pro/Custom category since their debut in 2003.

“On the 10th Anniversary of their introduction, the Custom Z saxophones have been reexamined from neck to bell,” says Roger Eaton, Marketing Director, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division. “They offer the ultimate combination of expressiveness, response and control while staying true to their free-spirited origins.”

These new saxophones are now equipped with a one-piece bell. The addition of the esteemed V1 neck brings impeccable intonation and enhanced flexibility. Other features include new engraving and an improved B-C# connection. Since the Custom Z was developed in 2003, the technology, craftsmanship and specifications of the Custom Z series has continued to improve to fulfill the needs of the highest level musicians.

“The Custom Z saxophones are now equipped with the well-regarded V1 neck to create the optimal balance of response and control,” says Brian Petterson, Wind Instrument Assistant Marketing Manager. “Also new is the one-piece bell that provides increased resonance, beautiful engraving updates and a newly redesigned B-C# connection that allows for more precise key adjustments.”

Slated for shipping in March 2013, the YAS-82ZII carries an MSRP of $5,626.00. The YTS-82ZII carries an MSRP of $6,550.00.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.
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