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Yanagisawa Tenor Saxophone
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Yanagisawa T 901 and T 902 Tenor Saxophones
Yanagisawa Feel, Weight and Tone
It was instantly noticeable when I picked up this sax that it felt really light. In the playing position it was very comfortable and nicely balanced. I do like to walk about when playing, and this was easy to do with the T 901. There was no effort involved in moving around and this was reflected in the way the sax played. The tone was clear and the notes responded well, playing was very secure. It also seemed to project well, with plenty of volume to the sound without being too harsh. The sound was not overly bright but it lacked real depth in the lower frequencies and the sound did not have the fullness that I like from a tenor sax.
That said, it was a good fun sax to play and getting around the instrument was a breeze. It is very much like the alto version (see the review of the A901) and those who prefer a lighter touch and feel on tenor sax will be right at home on this one. This would be great for rock and roll players and those who like to put a bit of energy into their playing. Also, for those student sax players who want to upgrade from a basic model to a professional standard instrument, without breaking the bank, this is the ideal tenor sax.
Bronze T902 Yanagisawa TenorI was amazed at how much of a difference there was between the bronze bodied T902 and the T901. The bronze body certainly does make a real difference to the sound, giving it a warmer, darker overall sound, and much more depth of tone, particularly at the extremes of the instrument. Low notes sounded very full, this was more my kind of sound on the tenor, and I was able to play with a greater range of dynamics and expression, knowing that the horn would respond well, with a lot more energy in the lower frequencies.
It does feel slightly heavier than the T901 but it was very well balanced and just like all Yanagisawa saxes nice and comfortable under the fingers. Yanagisawa have got this aspect of the sax just right on all their models and that is what makes them such enjoyable saxes to play. When you forget the saxophone is there and can just make music, that is when you know you are playing a good saxophone.
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