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Certified Pre-Owned Yamaha Advantage Eb Alto Saxophone - YAS-200ADII - 2-Year Warranty

Product Sku: YAS-200ADII-AS

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Our Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Yamaha 'Advantage Series' Instruments are used, but they are in exceptional condition. Every Hyson Music CPO Instrument must meet an uncompromising set of standards. Each model is fully sanitized, adjusted, regulated, and tested prior to sale. All CPO Yamaha 'Advantage Series' band instruments come with a 2-Year Paul Effman Music Warranty.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to save hundreds off the cost of a brand new Yamaha instrument! We guarantee the outstanding condition of every used instrument we sell. Recommended by more educators than any other brand, Yamaha band instruments are considered the perfect choice for a student musician.

Included Accessories 
Hard-shell ABS Carrying Case, Yamaha Plastic Mouthpiece (Size 4C), Ligature, Mouthpiece Cap, Cork Grease, Rico Reed (Strength #2), Polishing Cloth

Product Details
Level: Standard
A standard alto saxophone is an entry level instrument.
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Key: Eb
The standard 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: Standard; yellow brass
The saxophone neck, also sometimes called the saxophone’s “crook” or “gooseneck”, is a removable tube that connects the mouthpiece to the body. The neck of the YAS-200ADII alto saxophone is made of yellow brass, an attractive and durable copper and zinc alloy. 
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Body: Yellow brass; gold-lacquer finish 
The YAS-200ADII 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
The alto saxophone is a member of the woodwind family of musical instruments, but unlike most members of its family, the alto saxophone is often primarily made of yellow brass. Like many brass-made instruments, the YAS-200ADII alto saxophone has an intricate engraved bell decoration to add to the striking appearance of the instrument. 
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Keys: Yellow brass, nickel-plated; polyester key buttons
Nickel plated keys are durable and resistant to wear. Nickel is most commonly founds on entry level instruments, for a variety of reasons. First, nickel is a less expensive metal than silver. Second, nickel plated keys will not require as much maintenance in terms of polishing. However, to preserve the appearance of nickel plated keys, it is advisable that you wash your hands before playing, and gently wipe off the keys after each use with a dry cleaning cloth (NOT a silver polishing cloth). 
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Tone Holes: Drawn
Alto saxophone tone holes are either drawn or soldered. The standard for student and many intermediate instruments is for the tone holes to be 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. The path of least resistance is decidedly the way to go for beginner players.
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Auxiliary Keys: Front F
The auxiliary front F key (also known as the “fork F” or “alternate F”) is used for various altissimo fingerings. Intermediate and professional models may have a second auxiliary key (the high F# key), but there is no need for an entry level player to go beyond the single front F auxiliary. 
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Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4C
Yamaha’s 4C alto saxophone mouthpiece is a smart choice for beginner and even intermediate players. It 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. Generally, it is agreed upon that entry level players should choose a mouthpiece made of plastic or hard rubber. 
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Mouthpiece Cap: Plastic
A mouthpiece cap is important for protecting the mouthpiece when it is not being used. The YAS-200ADII 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-200ADII 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 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-200ADII 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
Particularly for young players, an adjustable thumb rest aids student 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, nylon lock, non-head (adjustable)
The YAS-200ADII has a standard style pivot screw (also known as “point screw”) for an entry level alto saxophone. It is important that the pivot screw is adjustable so that it can be screwed farther into the hinge as needed. An adjustable pivot screw helps with smooth key action as well.
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Mounting: Post on body
The YAS-200ADII 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 an entry level alto saxophone, possibly in part because this mounting technique uses less metal than the alternative. 
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What is the “Advantage Series” of Yamaha band instruments?

Many wonder what the differences are between Yamaha’s 'Standard' and 'Advantage' series of instruments. Believe it or not, the instruments are mechanically identical to one another. Other than the model number, the engraving, and the included carrying case, they are the same.

For each 'Standard' model, Yamaha also has an 'Advantage' counterpart. For example, Yamaha offers a 'Standard' flute (YFL-221) and also an 'Advantage' version (Model YFL-200AD). The same can be seen with Yamaha's 'Standard' clarinet (YCL-255) and their 'Advantage' clarinet (YCL-200ADII). For saxophones, Yamaha manufacturers their 'Standard' alto sax (YAS-26) and also an 'Advantage' model (YAS-200ADII). There is a 'Standard' trumpet (YTR-2330) and an 'Advantage' model (YTR-200ADII). These are just some 'Advantage' models offered by Yamaha, for a complete list or if you would like to more information, please feel free to contact us at 877-884-9766.

What is the difference? Why are both available? What’s the ‘right’ choice?

To begin, you cannot buy a brand new Yamaha 'Advantage' instrument on the Internet. If you see one advertised online, it is likely being sold by an unauthorized dealer (voiding the manufacturer’s warranty).

The 'Advantage' series is designed for high-end, music store rental fleets. This explains the premium hard-shell carrying case that they come in. Built to endure the everyday rigors of 'life as a rental', these cases are much more durable than their 'Standard' series counterparts.

However, because the 'Advantage' line is newer to the instrument market than the 'Standard' series, they will sometimes remain absent from music educator’s recommendation lists.

At the end of the day, the instruments are identical and it really does not matter which 'Series' you decide to purchase. And because both are Yamaha, you can be certain you are purchasing one of the best musical instruments available today.





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