Building upon the success of the previous Custom line, the EX Alto has been retooled to offer the classical player many new and exciting features while maintaining the same beautiful sound and excellent intonation long associated with the Custom series. New features include a design change that lessons resistance and increases projection, ergonomic improvements that enhance the overall playability of the instrument and a new lightweight case design! The Custom EX is the result of decades of painstaking research and trials involving some of the world's greatest saxophonists. The Yamaha YAS-875EX Custom Series Alto Saxophone's depth, smoothness, and flexibility of sound is simply incredible; creating a wide dynamic range, stunning projection, and an authoritative tone with a defined tonal core.
Physically, the size and shape of the key buttons have been changed for a better feel. The new handmade Custom V1 neck enhances tonal resonance and gives a quicker, more comfortable response. A two-point bell brace and no center-bow reinforcement plate creates better playing efficiency. In other words the saxophone will sound great with less effort. The key posts are soldered onto a separate bar of metal called a rib which is then soldered onto the body of the saxophone (post-to-rib). This increases the strength of construction as well as the weight of the instrument. The added weight results in increased resonance and a richer, deeper sound. Different saxophones use different sized ribs in order to affect the weight and sound quality in different parts of the instrument. The redesigned Custom EX alto saxophone features include: Redesigned Ergonomics: Key shapes and angles were re-analyzed and adjusted for more comfortable hand position and quick, nimble action. Improved Low-Range Response : During the design process, Yamaha experimented with new methods for producing the bottom bow of the instrument. The diameters of the low C and D tone holes have been reduced and the tone holes have been moved closer to the mouthpiece.
Additionally, the new bottom bow has been heat-treated through Yamaha’s proprietary acoustic annealing process. The combination of these design changes provides a more responsive and warm sounding low range on the saxophone. Hand-Engraved Bell: The YAS-875EXII features a hand-engraved bell, exhibiting a new and elegant lily design. Tone holes have been resized to provide a more even intonation and response throughout the range of the instrument.
This EX came to us pre-owned in amazing condition. Small scratches can be found on the left side of the neck strap ring but these are really faint. The lacquer on the body of the instrument is in great shape and no signs of dents can be found on the body or neck of the instrument.
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