Yamaha YAS 82ZII Saxophone Review
The Yamaha YAS-82ZII saxophone is one that has been improved over past Custom Z saxophones, especially in the areas of control, expressiveness and response.
Don't worry, however, it retains the free-spirited roots we've all come to love about the instrument. Since 2003, when the first Custom Z was introduced, improvements have continued in terms of specs, engineering and craftsmanship.
Amateur, pro, advanced high school and college student players alike will revel in how awe-inspiring the Yamaha YAS-82ZII sax plays and sounds.
The Yamaha YAS 82ZII Saxophone makes BIG's list of the best alto saxophones and gets a BIG 5 stars. Let's take a look into why this instrument's features impress.
- One Piece Bell means low end response is improved & wide range of tonal color is achieved. The new engraved design offers beauty and finer detail
- Metal Resonators give the instrument a range that results in a more clear pronunciation, improving overall playability
- V1 Neck means tonal expression has been improved due to the wide tapor of the V1 neck, offering better flexibility
- Improved Low B – C# Mechanism gives a better seal and improved low end response
- Lighter Thumb Hook/Thumb Rest Bases improve tone
- Adjustable Front F Mechanism means the altissimo range resistance is optimized
- Z Style Case offers outstanding protection
- Shoulder Strap offers convenience
- Key: Eb
- Auxillary Keys: High F#, Front F
- Key Buttons Material: Mother of pearl
- Bell: Hand-engraved
- Thumb Hook: Adjustable
- Finish: Unlaquered, Silver Plate, Black Laquer and Gold Laquer
- Included Accessories: Mouthpiece AS4CM, Case ASC-820
Yamaha YAS 82ZII Saxophone Review
The YAS-82ZII is an instrument that rises above a regular student model and is a perfect match for above average students, amateur and professional players. The black lacquer option, for example, is a piece of art with beautiful accents and lower register resonance that allows players to more effortlessly achieve warmer tones and uplifting high tones without sounding too bright or shrill. It's a light horn that fits players with small or large hands.
Excellent Low-End Response
A player choosing the YAS-82ZII will benefit from a wide selection of tonal color and will notice excellent low-end response due to the one-piece bell. Unlike earlier models, the new bell provides an engraved design that offers more detail. The new design reveals a higher degree of elegance.
Effortless to Play
Playing this saxophone has a more effortless feel due to the domed metal resonators that help bring a broad dynamic range to a player's sound and excellent overall response.
Flexible and Free-Blowing Feel
In comparison to other Yamaha Custom Z saxophones, each player using the newer model will enjoy the best flexibility and a free-blowing feel due to the wide bore taper of the V1 neck.
Clear Low Range Response
A clear low range response is achieved through a solid seal that comes as a result of the improvement made in the low B to C# mechanism.
Improved Level of Resistance
All players will enjoy an improved level of resistance when playing in the altissimo range due to the YAS-82ZII's adjustable front F mechanism.
The action on this horn is smooth while the keys make less noise than prior versions. Some players reported problems with the low C# on older models, where the key would bounce open. The new C# is more dead-on accurate and quiet in comparison.
The overall tone has a more throaty sound, less nasally than past models. The low tones are sharpened due to the newer one-piece bell. If a player struggled with intonation issues in the past, they may find intonation improvements while playing the Yamaha YAS-82ZII saxophone.
Five years for parts and five years for service are covered by the manufacturer's warranty. There are exclusions, however, such as damage due to abuse or misuse.
- Improved low end response
- Improved tonal expression
- Improved low B-C# connection
- Improved overall playability
- Optimal altissimo range resistance
- Higher price point
So How Does the Yamaha YAS 82ZII Saxophone Sound?
Ben Reece play tests a brand new Yamaha YAS 82ZII alto sax "Custom Z"
The Yamaha YAS-82ZII alto saxophone is known for its excellent response, intonation and huge sound. The bell, body and neck are all hand hammered and the set-up is done properly upon completion.
The V1 neck offers a nice free-blowing feel and gives a lot of flexibility to the player. The keys sit nicely for most players and the key action is excellent. The one-piece bell helps bring more consistency, better resonance and improved low end response. The new metal tone resonators improve the response, the overall sound, and back-side volume.
Overall, this instrument feels good, sounds huge and is built to last. Advanced high school and college students will enjoy playing the YAS-82ZII, as will the working professional musician.
The Yamaha YAS 82ZII Alto Saxophone gets a BIG 5 stars and is highly recommended.
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