YAS-82ZII Custom Z Alto Saxophone Lacquered. On the 10th Anniversary of their introduction, the Custom Z saxophones have been reexamined from neck to bell. They now offer the ultimate combination of expressiveness, response and control while staying true to their free-spirited origins. Since the Custom Z was developed in 2003, the technology, craftsmanship and specifications of the Custom Z series have continued to improve to fulfill the needs of the highest level musicians. The Yamaha YAS-82ZII alto saxophone is a preferred horn for the working professional. The list of new features is impressive. One-piece bell with new engraving In the tradition of those coveted vintage saxophones, the 82Z now comes equipped with a one-piece bell! This feature drastically improves low end response and offers the player a wider palette of tonal color. More elaborate with finer detail, the new engraving design offers delicate beauty. Metal Resonators Domed metal resonators offer an outstanding response and deliver a wider dynamic range. The entire range of the instrument has a clearer pronunciation, providing effortless playability all around. V1 neck The wide bore taper of the V1 neck provides offers a free-blowing feel and the greatest possible flexibility. This combination of features allows the player the ultimate level of tonal expression. Improved Low B-C# connection An improved mechanism from low B to C# ensures a proper seal for these notes which promotes a clear response throughout the low range of the instrument. Lighter thumb hook and thumb rest bases. Lighter thumb rest and thumb hook base designs produce better response and a more cohesive tone. Adjustable Front F key An adjustable Front F mechanism gives the player the freedom to find the optimal level of resistance in the altissimo range. Z Style Case The 82Z saxophones come in slim, lightweight cases which provide excellent protection.