I recently became the owner of a Yamaha Tenor 82Z. Over the years, I've usually brought a mouthpiece with me any time I went on a road trip. I stop into music shops and try different saxes. Consistently, I've found I really like the Yamaha tenors, and the 82Z has become a favourite. I've heard some say they find it "thin" sounding, but this has certainly not been my experience.
Initially, I was impressed with the smooth action and intonation. The "sound" was quite different than what I've been used to. As Laurie Anderson said: "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture!". Still, after a few weeks with this sax I believe the big difference is the "spread" or "focus" of the sound. I am using a Warburton LA 7*with a Rico Plasticover 3. This set up is allowing me now to cover some different styles and I'm really enjoying the range and quality of the tone.
However, there is one thing I really must fix. When I'm playing a low Eb or C, this brings my right fourth finger down a bit lower. Unfortunately, due to some poor hand position on my part I suspect, this will cause me to sometimes slightly open the F# trill key "bar". I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to address this problem, but years of playing have engrained a hand position that just doesn't work consistently on this sax due to the location of the F# trill key.
So, I'm wondering if anyone else is having the F# trill key issues. I did a search and there were a couple of posts that mention the key, but the complaints seemed to be more cosmetic in nature
I don't use the key that often, and am considering having my tech bend it down so I don't touch it during passages that include the baby finger Eb and C.
My search on this subject revealed really only one player addressing this issue. Raspberry 007 posted in 2009, a desire to "do something" with this key. I could care less if it has a pearl on it or the shape of the key. I just need it out of the way. I have a big hand with shorter fingers, and the Yamaha ergonomics feel great to me, with the exception of this annoying key.
My initial plan was to sell this sax to get a bari. Now, I'm not so sure, as I'm really enjoying the sax. I'm thinking that bending the bar down just a bit would solve the issue and shouldn't harm the resale down the road, should I decide to sell it.
It would be great to hear from any others who have experienced the F# trill key issue.