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Upgrade now to your first professional quality unlacquered sax

The upgraded replacement for the legendary A901U series, this AWO1U unlacquered brass model is suited just as well to aspiring beginners as to experienced professionals. 

Description

Yanagisawa saxes are made by a small family company in Japan that only make professional quality saxes, and they do it very well. This degree of focus means they are of a quality that even their main competitors recognise as the best. Here at Sax.co our technicians love them as they play straight out of the box and they are by far the most reliable instruments we sell.

The Yanagisawa A901U achieved "classic" status over the past 30 years as a remarkable sax for the price and a leader in its class. With superlative Japanese design and build quality, it only ever really had one serious competitor, also from Japan. The best just got better with this new upgraded AW01U model.

Lacquer is simply put, a paint that is applied onto a material, for the purpose of keeping the material underneath from tarnishing or making the material an appealing colour. An unlacquered instrument simply has no lacquer applied to the base metal.

Many unlacquered saxophones begin life with a polished finish that is visually similar to a standard lacquered instrument. However, as soon as the saxophone leaves the factory, the tarnishing process will begin.  This will give the saxophone a real vintage appeal, the envy of all jazzers out there. This will also explain why it may have signs of aging when you receive it.

Aurally, this means the material has complete freedom of movement for resonance. This will give the tone a fullness on the fringes of the note playing, really filling the space and giving the bottom end especially a real presence.

The AW01U has an even stronger tonal core thanks to a re-engineered bore and tone holes.

 Features 

 Material: Brass

 Finish: Unlacquered

 Key Touches: White mother of pearl

 Neck: Yanagisawa

 Engraving: Hand engraved

 Case: Yanagisawa, rectangular back-pack style

 Mouthpiece: Yanagisawa Ebonite 6CR

 Made in: Japan

 9 Month Interest Free Finance Available on this Product

 Free Professional Set Up & Free Check over within a Year

 Recommended for: Advancing students, professionals on a budget 

Reviews

Yanagisawa have managed to raise the quality of their instruments another notch, with the introduction of the WO series.

The sound delivery of any Yani horn has always been one of richness and smoothness, while remaining free blowing throughout. This quality remains in place on the WO horns but there is an extra degree of warmth and just a little extra focus over and above the old brass models. I’m sure this must be largely due to the change of brass on the AW01 and AW010 models.

As for the bronze models, there is less of a discernable difference tonally but ergonomically all of the range has benefited from tweaks within the mechanism and key-work. These are lovely new horns.... Jim (Sax.co.uk)

 

All of our instruments are fully checked and set-up by our experienced technicians. Regardless of size or price - all saxophones go through the same process.   

Here at Sax.co.uk we know that when you buy a sax, our pro set up is absolutley essential to ensure the instrument you're purchasing is playing to it's optimum peformance. 

In addition, all new saxophones purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE checkover to make sure your saxophone continues to perform its best. 

Our 12-Step Checkover:

• All transit packing and corks from the manufacturer are removed.
• Thorough visual check for any imperfections in the finish, includes unlacquered saxophones.
• All pads checked for quality.
• All pad seatings checked using leak lights and traditional feeler paper methods.
• Regulation checked and adjusted.
• All key corks and felts checked, adjusted to set vent heights.
• All spring tensions checked and adjusted to create an even feel across the instrument.
• Neck fitting checked.
• Crook cork checked for cork quality and provided mouthpiece fits.
• Thorough playtest from top to bottom, including alternate fingerings.
• Case inspected for quality, instrument fit and accessories.
• Instrument cleaned and carefully repacked.

Free Delivery on all orders over £75 to UK MAINLAND

Competitive international shipping rates & pay the final landed cost at checkout!

If you're based overseas and would like more information, please read our overseas guide located here

Delivery Schedule

Orders in stock and received before 2pm are normally shipped the same day. International orders are generally received in under 7 days.

Goods purchased online can be returned within 14 days upon delivery 

Goods purchased online from www.sax.co.uk can be returned within 14 days of receipt. This does not apply to products where hygiene is concerned and product seals have been broken (Reeds, mouthpieces etc). Goods purchased through our website cannot be returned to our retail store.