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    This is probably going to win the award for the most stupid question ever asked on SOTW {in it's entire history}
    But can someone break this word down phonetically? "Yanagisawa " or perhaps give me a "sounds like " version.

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    yah-nah-gee-sah-wah, Grasshopper.
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    Thank you..... the more I tried to figure it out the more it bugged me

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    Now repeat after me retro-Grasshopper:

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    Definitely NOT the award-winner, though. That goes (almost daily) to "what mouthpiece should I get?".

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    LOL. Rivaled only by "Need help buiyng a new sax."
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    If you learn to pronounce like Forrest Gump, "lahf iz lahk ah bawks ah chawklets", then saying "Yanagisawa" becomes easier.... eh hmm.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    yah-nah-gee-sah-wah, Grasshopper.
    So, is it Yah-nah-GEE-sah-wah or Yah-nah-gee-SAH-wah? The other day I got into a silly argument over this with a friend of mine who doesn't even own a Yanagisawa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorns Bergenson View Post
    So, is it Yah-nah-GEE-sah-wah or Yah-nah-gee-SAH-wah?
    I asked a co-worker who is from Japan and he said "Yah-nah-GEE-sah-wah", which is how I've always said it. I always run over it as fast as I can so it sound like I'm an expert!

    To confuse things, I found this post by a seemingly knowledgeable person on the Clarinet BBoard:
    "Ya-na-gi-sa-wa" is pronounced almost equally, but with slightly (very slightly) more stress on "Ya" and "sa". This is because the word is actually a combination of two words; "Yanagi"- Willow tree, and "Sawa"- swamp.
    I'll have to see what the guy here in my office says about that.
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    Jorns: Your signature does fit Randall's quote - conincidence? As far as Japanese goes, trust the Japanese to get it right... (with which I mean, it's quite difficult to sound Japanese if you're not, even if you know how to speak the language well enough - which I don't, but I know people how do and told me so).

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    My band director calls them:
    Yeh na geh saw weh…
    He's a tuba player…

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    Yani......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorns Bergenson View Post
    So, is it Yah-nah-GEE-sah-wah or Yah-nah-gee-SAH-wah? The other day I got into a silly argument over this with a friend of mine who doesn't even own a Yanagisawa.
    Difficult. That's probably why people keep on playing those selmers...

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    The name consists of two kanji: yanagi and sawa. There are different ways of writing it, but I assume that "yanagi" means willow, and "sawa" which means swamp or marsh. All the as are pronounced about the same as the final a in Iowa. All five vowels are of equal length. The i is pronounced the same same as the in Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjornblomberg View Post
    Difficult. That's probably why people keep on playing those selmers...
    Yanagisawa makes nice instruments, but I'll stick with my one-syllable "Conn" saxes...

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    Willow swamp?

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    Willow weep for us all...
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    JAPANESE WORD, JAPANESE PRONUNCIATION:

    Yah-nah-gee-sah-wah


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    Quote Originally Posted by bjornblomberg View Post
    Difficult. That's probably why people keep on playing those selmers...
    That, by the way, is supposed to be pronounced selmEr and not sElmer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall View Post
    JAPANESE WORD, JAPANESE PRONUNCIATION:
    Yah-nah-gee-sah-wah
    Can we move on now?
    But where does the accent fall?

    yah-nah-GEE-sah-wah OR yah-nah-gee-SAH-wah
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