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by rob07
(38 posts)
9 years ago

Yamaha 82Z

I'm thinking about getting a new horn and I'm leaning toward the Z's. Are they as good as everybody says they are.

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  1. by rob07
    (38 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Yamaha 82Z

    And how are they compared to the keilwerth shadow, because those are beautiful horns, but ive never heard anybody play them or what they sound like.

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    1. by mattdude
      (74 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: Yamaha 82Z

      i'm looking at a tenor 82z unlaquered. i think it plays extremely well. the action is very very quick and responsive. i think the tone is excellent, especially with an otto link metal peice. you try one yourself?

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    2. by k7michal
      (34 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: Yamaha 82Z

      I tried the 82Z but I liked the Keilwerth SX-90 better, same price range. I agree the 82Z has nice action and tone, but the SX-90 works better with my Metal Otto Link 8*.

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      1. by mattdude
        (74 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: Yamaha 82Z

        so i got that tenor 82z (the unlaquered) today.. really awesome tone. playing it on an otto link 7 with a v16 3 reed. the price was certainly right... site has it for 2800, i got it for 1700 :)

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        1. by rob07
          (38 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          Wow man thats a really good deal where did u get it.

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        2. by mattdude
          (74 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          local music shop. they had it on clearance because people think that because it's unlaquaered, it's a peice of shit, when in actuality.. i plaeyd it next to the laquered one, and i liked the unlaquered better. both played just as well, but the unlaquered had a better tone, subtle but noticeable. my mother's like, "are you sure this is the horn you want?" i said, " this is a 100% guarantee; you will not find a new horn that is better than this one for equal, less or even close to the same price." yeh.. it's true too. anyway, i'm loving this thing. only problem is now i can't blame my crappy playing on the horn though :-p.

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        3. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          congratulations on your new horn Matt! Sounds like a nice one!

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        4. by rob07
          (38 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          connsaxman_jim what do you think about the z's

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        5. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          I think they're a great horn. They have a very nice action and feel. The Z is noticably brighter than the 62, but still a fairly neutral sound. They sound really good with the Otto Link New York metal mouthpieces. Of the newer saxophones that I have tested, the Yamaha seems to offer the most features and quality for the money.

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        6. by aravaioli
          (24 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          Connsaxman_jim, I thought you said somewhere else that your favorite new horn is the Keilwerth SX-90R, which happens to be mine too (actually I prefer the SX-90 without rolled tone holes). The 82Z I tried had great action and free-blowingness, but its tone wasn't nearly as good as a Keilwerth SX, nor as a Selmer II or B&S. It is my opinion that Yamaha makes very reliable and trustworthy saxophones, but lacking some charachter that other horns have. This is especially true, in my opinion, for the 62II. I had it for a month and I had to return it because its sound did not satisfy me at all. I am now much happier with a B&S 2001.

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        7. by golferguy675
          (600 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          I'm not really liking how they new Yamahas feel as far a ergonomics, but I can tell you that if you want a horn that will last, you should definetly buy the Yamaha over the Keilwerth. Keilwerth uses fairly thin and pliable metal on there horns, and right now Yamaha's saxophones are turning out pretty solid. I'd say next to Yanagisawa, Yamaha's the best brand out there right now. But I would wish you luck finding a good Yani anywhere around here, since Yanagisawa got pissed and quit distributing to the US. Leblanc who was their distributor here merged with Selmer, and Yanagisawa didn't really take to it to well. Sooo, any of the top line models like the 9930 are about impossible to find now.

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        8. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Yamaha 82Z

          The Keilwerth SX90 or SX90R would be my preference for the type of music I play, but the Yamaha is an excellent horn.

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