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*Certified Pre-Owned* Yamaha Intermediate Eb Alto Saxophone - YAS-480

Product Sku: YAS-480AS

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The Yamaha YAS-480 alto saxophone is an ideal step-up instrument, perfect for bringing the best out of advancing students. The design of Yamaha’s YAS-480 intermediate alto saxophone is based on Yamaha’s professional and custom saxophones, and shares many of their features. The YAS-480 features highly accurate intonation, warm tone, quick response, and an improved neck design. Lightweight and durable, this intermediate saxophone also comes with an attractive, highly protective case with a comfortable shoulder strap.

Included Accessories: premium saxophone case with shoulder strap, 4C plastic mouthpiece, clear lacquer ligature, plastic mouthpiece cap, cork grease tube, neck strap

Check out Yamaha’s professional saxophones: YAS-62II and YAS-82ZII (Custom Z)

Product Details

Level: Intermediate
The YAS-480 alto saxophone is an intermediate level instrument.
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Key: Eb
The Eb alto saxophone is a transposing instrument. A transposing instrument is one whose music is not read or played at concert pitch.
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Neck: Annealed yellow brass; original YAS-62 design; compatible with custom Yamaha necks
The neck of the YAS-480 alto saxophone is made of yellow brass, an attractive and durable copper and zinc alloy. The neck is annealed, meaning that it has gone through a process of heating and cooling the metal to optimize its durability. An annealed saxophone neck is more ductile and less prone to cracking or splitting under stress. The YAS-480’s new 62-style neck has been designed to improve tone and response. The redesigned octave key system gives players the flexibility to choose between the included 62-style neck and other Yamaha necks designed for the acclaimed Custom Z and Custom EX Yamaha professional saxophones.
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Body: Yellow brass; gold-lacquer finish
The YAS-480 has an elegant yellow brass body with a gold-lacquer finish. Brass is known for its beauty, resilience, and durability, making it one of the most common base materials for many musical instruments. Lacquer protects and preserves the appearance of the brass. There is some debate about the extent to which lacquer impacts a saxophone’s sound, but it is generally agreed upon that a lacquered instrument (regardless of the color of the lacquer) will produce a darker tone than an unlacquered (also referred to as “raw”) instrument. Lacquer also goes a long way in preserving the saxophone’s shine and overall appearance.
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Bell: Yellow brass; stamped decoration
Like many brass-made instruments, the YAS-480 alto saxophone has an intricate engraved bell decoration to add to the striking appearance of the instrument. A hand-engraved pattern on the bell of the YAS-480 adds an extra touch of class.
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Keys: Yellow brass; polyester key buttons; auxiliary front F and high F# keys; tilting-style low Bb spatula key
The YAS-480 has a high F# key and an auxiliary front F key (also known as the “fork F” or “alternate F”), used for various altissimo fingerings. The teardrop-shaped high F key has a great new look and fantastic response in the high register. The tilting-style low Bb spatula key has been redesigned so that its position, shape, height, and angle of the left pinky keys allow for optimal comfort and response. A decorated side key guard gives this intermediate saxophone the look of an expensive, custom horn without the expensive price.
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Tone Holes: Drawn
Alto saxophone tone holes are either drawn or soldered. The YAS-480’s tone holes are drawn, meaning that they are literally extracted from the metal tubing during the manufacturing process. When this method is used, no extra weight is added to the saxophone. When the tone holes are soldered on, additional metal is being used, as the tone hole rings are created from a separate piece of metal, and therefore the instrument will be slightly heavier. Generally, soldered tone holed instruments will be slightly more expensive because of the additional material and time needed to use this method. However, it should be noted that the additional cost associated with soldered versus drawn tone holes does not necessarily mean that the instrument’s sound quality or playability is improved. It is really a matter of preference for some professional players to use soldered tone holes; there are numerous professional model saxophones that have drawn tone holes. A saxophone with drawn tone holes has a lighter feel and creates a lighter sound as compared to a saxophone with soldered tone holes, whose extra weight gives the instrument a darker sound and a feeling of more resistance.
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Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4C
Yamaha’s 4C alto saxophone mouthpiece is durable, easy to clean, and encourages a great tone quality. Keep in mind that although the 4C is a great choice, many players choose to upgrade to another mouthpiece for various reasons, mostly boiling down to personal preference. The Yamaha 4C is a lightweight plastic, but some players prefer harder rubbers, metals, or even crystal.
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Mouthpiece Cap: Plastic
A mouthpiece cap is important for protecting the mouthpiece when it is not being used. The YAS-480 comes with a black plastic mouthpiece cap. It is important for players to wipe and swab the mouthpiece after use, before capping and storing, to prevent musty odors and mold from forming.
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Ligature: Yellow brass; clear lacquer
The ligature is a small metal band that attaches the saxophone reed to the mouthpiece. The yellow brass, clear-lacquered ligature that comes with the YAS-480 fits perfectly on the Yamaha 4C mouthpiece, and can also be used with other mouthpieces.
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Spring Type: Stainless Steel
Needle stainless steel springs are durable, they have strong holding power, and they do not rust. Stainless steel is the most common material used for standard and intermediate alto saxophone springs. The spring helps to open and close each key over the corresponding tone hole. This is an important job for a small pin; if the springs are too tight, the key will require too much pressure to close; and if the springs are too loose, keys will be slow to rise back up after being pressed.
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Pad Type: Waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters
The pads on the YAS-480 are made of the same high-quality materials as professional model alto saxophone pads. Key pads ensure that tone holes are effectively sealed when keys are pressed. To maintain the life of your saxophone pads, avoid sugary foods and drinks before playing – a simple precaution that makes a tremendous difference. After playing, it is recommended that you use a cleaning cloth to swab moisture from the saxophone, and then use a pad saver. Pad savers should only be used in addition to, and never instead of, a cleaning cloth/cleaning swab.
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Thumb Hook: Adjustable plastic T
he YAS-480’s adjustable thumb rest aids players in comfortably reaching all keys (potentially eliminating the strain on fingers, a common complaint with fixed position thumb rests that are not necessarily at the ideal position for players of varying hand sizes).
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Pivot Screw: Straight-tapered with head, nylon lock (adjustable)
The YAS-480 has an adjustable pivot screw, making it conducive to easy adjustments. An adjustable pivot screw helps with smooth key action as well.
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Mounting: Post on body
The YAS-480 is designed with the posts mounted directly on the body of the instrument, as opposed to having the posts mounted first on mounting plates and then on the body. This is the standard mounting style for entry level and intermediate alto saxophones, possibly in part because this mounting technique uses less metal than the alternative.
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  1. Excellent Condition 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Sep 2016

    We purchased a refurbished pre-owned Yamaha YAS480 alto saxophone and have to say that it was beautifully refurbished! Even though it was pre-owned, it looks and sounds like it is brand new. Our daughter loves it! Thank you so much!

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