Re: Yamaha YTS-475 Tenor?
I happened to test a YTS475 down in South Bend, IN when I was on my journey for a new tenor. I found it much better than my YTS23 that I had been borrowing from my school. The action was much quicker, it had a better tone, it looked better, it was a step up. The only reason I picked the YTS62II Lacquer tenor is that it had a tone that I really liked, and I was playing it with a standard 4C mouthpiece,
I tried it against the Jupiter 889SG, the Selmer TS200, and the 62II. It beat out the Jupiter and the Selmer greatly, and did a good job. Another difference it had that made me opt for the 62II is that it was much easier to reach the high registers, and altissimo with the 62II. I had a friend at band camp who played a 475, and she had the same complaint. However, it easily beat out all the camp's tenors by a mile, and our instructor often pointed out that it was a great horn. Imagine, me and all the tenors stuck with banged up YTS23's and Jupiter Standard Series, and one beautiful YTS475. yea It was a good horn.
But I do favor the 62II, and if money is no concern, reach higher!. Originally, I was going to get a Jupiter Deluxe last year, but I researched a lot more, and ended up getting twice as much, a 62II. So, take your time when looking for a new tenor, I went through wanting a lot of different horns. I went from Jupiter Standard, to Jupiter Deluxe, to Jupiter Artist to a really worn and bad shape Conn 10M, to a vintage Keilwerth to a Jupiter Artist to a Yamaha 475 to a YTS62II. And that's not counting the times surfing ebay where I really really liked the sax.......
Yeah, you can tell it takes a while to choose a new horn. Overall, the 475 is a good horn, but the 62II has a much better tone.
Good Luck with your horn searching!