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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    … you might want to look at Japanese websites (like soundfuga.jp; don't view it in English) because they're much, much cheaper. You should also use a currency converter, but if you just subtract the last two zeroes in the price -- e.g. 275,000 yen minus two zeroes is 2750 -- that's a pretty good price guesstimate in US dollars, although it's on the high side of "guesstimate." Prima-Gakki is also relatively cheap: a brand spankin' new S-WO1 lacquer soprano is 278,000 yen. That's $2440 US. US dealer? $3800. Hey, you might be able to get a round trip flight there for less than $1300.
    Thanks for that Pete. I see they sell new and used saxes there and the prices are good. I haven't been able to figure out the shipping cost but I guess an email to them would get the information. Have you ever bought a horn from one of these Japanese dealers? Was there any tax or duty on this end in the USA? By the way, round trip tix to Japan are much cheaper than $1300 at the moment.
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    Thanks for that Pete. I see they sell new and used saxes there and the prices are good. I haven't been able to figure out the shipping cost but I guess an email to them would get the information. Have you ever bought a horn from one of these Japanese dealers? Was there any tax or duty on this end in the USA? By the way, round trip tix to Japan are much cheaper than $1300 at the moment.
    $1300 was just the one I found first .

    I've only bought one horn from a dealer, ever, and that was way back in 1987 . I assume that there is some sort of duty charge. I don't know about tax, because that seems variable. Sax.co.uk and other UK dealers tend to mention a price with and without a VAT (value added tax). I also wonder if you could take that theoretical round-trip to Japan, pick up a horn, fly back, and not have to pay tax or duty. IIRC, I remember posting that if you wanted a high-end Selmer, the price difference was enough that you could go to Japan, stay for a few days in a four-star hotel, fly back and STILL pay less than in the US.

    Soundfuga.jp had an English-language website, but that's currently offline. I'd just shoot them an e-mail and ask. They obviously had/have someone on staff that can read English. (I can understand some Japanese Romaji, but I doubt I'll ever be able to read Japanese characters.)
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    Americans private citizens hardly ever pay anything for importing saxophones in the country.

    In General terms only companies do ( so make sure that you have it delivered at your home address and not at a business address).
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    Thanks so much Pete and Milandro!
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    good luck! Enjoy.
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    nino yana2.jpgnino yana.jpgnino yana1.jpgninoyana3.jpg

    amazing topic!!!

    sopranino 00155418 (not engraved SN not model)

    original?

    1982/1983 ? 1986 ?

    S800? S900 ?

    Value?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taras View Post
    nino yana2.jpgnino yana.jpgnino yana1.jpgninoyana3.jpg

    amazing topic!!!

    sopranino 00155418 (not engraved SN not model)

    original?

    1982/1983 ? 1986 ?

    S800? S900 ?

    Value?

    Thanks
    i think SN6...1988 i think...what do the experts say?...thanks!

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    if there is no model nor there is a sn it is most probably not a real Yanagisawa ( the name engraving typeface doesn’t look kosher) and it is probably a Chinese copy.

    here a few of those... all fakes

    https://nl.aliexpress.com/wholesale?...sawa+sopranino
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    thanks Milandro....I think so too.... engraving does not seem original to me....

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