Yamaha YAS-480Y Alto Saxophone


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The Yamaha YAS-480 is Yamaha’s intermediate alto saxophone. It is a step-up from the YAS-26 or the older YAS-23. The YAS-480 is equipped with professional features and is one of the most popular saxes in this market.

Yamaha’s manufacturing efficiency is legendary, as is their innovative woodwind instrument design. Yamaha leverages all of that knowledge and experience in producing the YAS-480. It is an affordable top-quality instrument that is perfect for the committed student or adult hobbyists. The Yamaha YAS-480 has a well-established reputation for accurate intonation, quick response and warm tone.

The YAS-480 design and layout borrow from the original, and more professional YAS-62. It features the annealed yellow brass neck construction that made the original YAS-62 a professional standard for years. The neck, body and key material are all yellow brass, and the hand-engraving on the YAS-480 bell adds a charming texture to its rich gold lacquer. The included new 62-style neck has been redesigned in 2023 for improved tone and response.

Separate key guards feature adjustable screw cap stoppers, and the left-hand seesaw key increases playability by increasing comfort. The YAS-480’s low B-C# mechanism ensures consistent closing of the low C# key to promote clear response from the low register. The pads are waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters. A front F key, a high F# key, drawn tone holes, stainless steel springs, and an adjustable plastic thumb hook complete the most notable hardware features.

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