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by KCSaxGal
(46 posts)
10 years ago

Yamaha YTS-475 Tenor?

Can anyone tell me about the Yamaha YTS-475? Is it a good horn and what's the price point on it? The serial number I am looking at is 209XXX.. I think that makes is 2003?

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  1. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Yamaha YTS-475 Tenor?

    Last I checked, Yamaha serial numbers are non-sequential. You have to contact Yamaha to find out when it was made.

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    1. by tenor562
      (297 posts)

      10 years ago

      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!

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      1. by KCSaxGal
        (46 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Yamaha YTS-475 Tenor?

        hehe, posted my post looking for a picture of the silver yts-62II before I saw your reply to this one. Thanks for your input. What mouthpiece are you using on it? I think the 4C will do for the community band I play in and was thinking of maybe a Otto Link NY Metal for Jazz?

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        1. by tenor562
          (297 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Yamaha YTS-475 Tenor?

          I use the 4C, and am really looking for a change. An Otto Link NY Metal would probably work awesome on jazz. If you do get the 62II, be sure to tell me what mouthpiece works best on it, I'm still searching.

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