With a heritage of instrument-making in Japan that traces back to 1893,
Yanagisawa is recognized today as a maker of the most carefully
handcrafted family of artist-level saxophones in the world.
In models ranging from sopranino to baritone, these superb instruments have won the praise of many celebrated musicians.
The Yanagisawa SWO20 Soprano Saxophone is a member of Yanagisawa's
'Elite' level instrument series. It is a bronze model instrument for the
accomplished player. It
delivers a superb tonal range with an unmistakably darker edge thanks to
the fine bronze body, and it also benefits from the WO series
re-engineered bore and toneholes, and re-sourced and redesigned core
brass material. This model also has many upgraded features exclusive to
the WO series such as:
- Redesigned Taper: Redesign of the taper and position of the tone holes allows for clearer intonation.
- Right Pinky Key: Relocated the right pinky key allows for smoother fingering.
- Left Palm Keys: Modified angle of the left palm keys ensuring easier fingering.
- New Neck Plate: An additional plate on the neck of the Elite models for the tightening of the sound.
- G Key: Changed the rod of the G key from brass to German silver making it stronger.
- New Case: Redesigned hard shell case with fabric cover.
The Yanagisawa SWO20 Soprano Saxophone:
- Bb Soprano Saxophone
- Range from low Bb to high F#
- All hand engraved
- Straight & Curved necks
- Bronze Lacquer
The SWO20 includes a ‘fully ribbed’ construction which means that there are strips of brass soldered on to the body of the sax, on to which the various pillars are then soft soldered themselves. This gives added ‘body’ to the tone, while offering even further solidarity of design. Secondly, the Elite series offers double arms on the lowest and most vulnerable keys, again adding stability to the set-up.
All Yanagisawa saxophones come complete with a durable back-pack case with front pocket case and include the professional Yanagisawa hard rubber mouthpiece.