Yamaha today unveiled the YBS-82 Custom Baritone Saxophone, the first custom level model addition to the company’s venerated saxophone lineup.
Like its highly acclaimed Soprano, Alto and Tenor Custom Saxophones, the YBS-82 provides industry-leading reliability and consistency to professional jazz, classical and contemporary artists looking for the highest level of craftmanship in a baritone saxophone.
As a Custom-level Yamaha instrument, the YBS-82 offers a variety of configurations that can help an artist achieve their desired sound. For example, the new saxophone features handmade neck options with varying tapers and finishes, including silver-plated, unlacquered, and gold lacquer to satisfy a player’s preferences. A shorter bell length improves intonation, particularly when playing challenging notes in the lower register, while a one-piece bell provides rich sound throughout the range of the instrument. A new key layout improves ergonomics and makes it easier to play the instrument comfortably. Yamaha also added a detachable peg, which supports a good portion of the instrument’s weight. In keeping with the Yamaha vertical design philosophy, the newly released YBS-62II and YBS-480 will contain features from this top-tier instrument.
“The YBS-82 offers the greatest level of customization of any baritone saxophone on the market today, as well as the highest level of craftmanship and reliability for which our saxophones are known,” said Brian Petterson, senior manager, Winds & Strings, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The arrival of this instrument completes the Yamaha Custom saxophone lineup, offering expert saxophonists a truly world-class instrument able to bring their desired sound to life.”
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha Custom Baritone Saxophone YBS-82 (MSRP: $16,323.00) will begin shipping in September 2020.
For more information, visit Yamaha at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) 2020 Biennial Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, March 6-9, or visit the Yamaha website.
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