Yamaha YAS 475 Alto Saxophone Review

The Yamaha YAS 475 is a saxophone specifically built for the intermediate player who’s ready to take his or her playing to the next level. The YAS-475 is based on Yamaha Pro saxes, so it carries the same warm tone and accurate intonation of those higher end models. This means the Yamaha YAS 475 is a saxophone that you can sound great on. In addition, it comes with a lot of extra features to help you get the best out of your instrument, including a silicone treatment for better pad protections, a responsive neck for better playability, and a low Bb key redesigned for more response.

The Yamaha YAS 475 makes BIG's list of the best intermediate alto saxophones and gets a BIG 4.5 stars.

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Features


  • Special neck design, modeled after the classic 62 series, for a highly responsive experience
  • Tilting low Bb spatula key, easy to reach and highly responsive
  • Auxilliary F key and high F# keys
  • Decorated side guard for a high-quality professional look
  • Ergonomic, adjustable plastic thumb rest for comfort while handling
  • Silicone-treated, waterproof leather pads
  • Tapered pivot screws give you smoother action on the keys
  • Gold lacquer finish holds up well and resists corruption, even after long use
  • Specifications
  • Key: Eb
  • Material: Yellow Brass
  • Finish: Gold Epoxy Lacquer
  • Pads: Waterproof Leather with Wool Felt
  • Thumb Hook: Plastic
  • Keys: Nickel-plated
  • Tone Holes: Drawn
  • Auxiliary Keys: High F#, Front F
  • Springs: Stainless Steel
  • Pivot Screw: Straight-tapered

Yamaha YAS 475 Alto Saxophone Review

Because of its similarity to higher-end models like the Yamaha Pro and Custom series saxophones, the Yamaha YAS 475 has a lot of qualities that really make it stand out from the pack of similar intermediate-level horns. Every feature of this instrument -- from the construction materials to the design of the smallest screw -- has been designed to give the player the best possible experience while playing.

An epoxy lacquer finish on the body and the nickel-plated keys helps give this saxophone superior intonation and resonance while looking great and feeling comfortable. The specially-designed neck (a feature borrowed from the older Yamaha 62-series models) allows this saxophone to sound its absolute best.

Designed for Easy Use and Maximum Comfort

The YAS-475 has a lot of extras that you won’t find on a beginner’s instrument. The tilting low Bb spatula key has been designed for easy use and maximum comfort, while on the other end of the spectrum (and the horn) the auxiliary high F and F# keys help you reach those notes you just couldn’t hit before. An adjustable thumb rest lets you hold the saxophone comfortably, without putting undue strain or fatigue on your hands. Furthermore, a decorated side key guard gives your sax the look of a professional instrument.

Attention to Detail

When it comes to the minute details, the YAS-475 also delivers. Each nickel-plated key has been fitted with tapered pivot screws to give you smoother action, letting you glide effortlessly over the keys. Silicone-treated, water-proof leather pads help the keys last longer, and stainless steel springs on the inside keep things running smoothly for years to come.

Accessories Add Value

The YAS-475 comes with accessories as well to help you get the most out of your purchase. A Yamaha 4C mouthpiece is included, which fits nicely into the included yellow brass ligature. A comfortable nylon shoulder strap helps to keep the horn secure. Finally, a durable and lightweight case helps to keep it all protected.

Superior Intermediate-Level Saxophone

All in all, as is just as much the case with instruments as it is with life, you get what you pay for, and you get a lot with this particular instrument. From top to bottom, inside and out, the Yamaha YAS-475 is a superior intermediate-level saxophone designed for the budding player who is ready to buckle down and get just a little more serious about his or her playing. From jazz to symphonic music, this instrument is more than capable of helping you sound your best in all situations.

Pros

  • Built to sound great
  • Comes with many extra features
  • Ergonomically designed keys and thumb rest
  • Professional look and design
  • Long-lasting materials, including pads and springs

Cons

  • Pads on the low C and D keys are a little small for the corresponding hole
  • Initial setup usually has the springs set too hard

Yamaha YAS 475 Saxophone Video Demonstration

Wondering what the Yamaha YAS-475 alto sax sounds like? Give it a listen in the video below.

Summary

To sum up, the Yamaha YAS 475 alto sax is an excellent choice for an advancing intermediate player who’s still learning, but is now ready to take off the metaphorical training wheels and bring his or her playing up to the next level. While not a perfect horn, this saxophone was built with professional quality in mind. This means you get a superior looking and sounding instrument without having to pay professional-level prices. With its multitude of features, extras, and accessories, this saxophone delivers superior performance and quality while making it easy for someone to sound their very best.

The Yamaha YAS-475 gets a BIG 4.5 stars and is highly recommended.

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