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    Question Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    For sale in China. The description says "Yanagisawa 300". There's not a clear shot of the model and serial numbers in the ad.

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    The asking price is @ $840 US. Can anyone tell me more about these old Yanagisawas? How do they compare with vintage American horns? Old American horns like Conn, Martin, Buescher go for outrageous prices here, but the Japanese clones are still relatively cheap.

    Here's the link to the full ad with more pics https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=...u=41nm3oq97f6b

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    You can get some information there:
    http://thesax.info/makesandmodelslis...sawa-3-series/

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    It is the first model of alto they made actually an A3.



    http://purple-cat.info/sense/saxopho...gisawa_a3.html


    I have had one and was not particularly impressed. The one you show looks heavily restored with some “ patination” added these have , generally, bad lacquer and yours was buffed and treated with some chemical.


    Not bad a look though.
    Life is just a bowl... some have cherries in it, some don’t. Those who have the cherries aren’t likely to share them though.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    Quote Originally Posted by milandro View Post
    It is the first model of alto they made actually an A3.
    Strange, the same shop has an A3 with lacquer, though in rather bad shape. It has a different neck, too. He's asking $2 grand US for that one.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    crazy
    Life is just a bowl... some have cherries in it, some don’t. Those who have the cherries aren’t likely to share them though.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    Anyone else have anything to say for or against these old A-3s? I'm trying to decide if I want to buy it.
    I love old 6m Conns, but the few available over here are outrageously expensive. If these play anything close I will probably like it.
    And I am kind of digging the bare brass look ...

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    I got a chance to play this. The seller brought it to the Music China show along with a bunch of other vintage horns.
    It's not a bad sounding horn, but it's got some issues and will need a bit of maintenance to get it into top form and the neck has a serious wobble. Glad I didn't buy it online.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    there are several previous threads on the A and T 3 model, which this is I chose on for you.

    https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...sawa-A3-and-T3

    there are many better ways to spend $2000 than buying an A3.
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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    That key guard on the bell looks a lot like the ones on a The Martin alto I owned.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    Yes, martin was one of the inspiration sources to this model.

    The A3 being the first Yanagisawa made saxophone was still made in the copying spirit inspiring the Japanese industry back then ( the left hand pinky plateau looks very similar to some German or Bohemian horns such as Akustik for example).






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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    Quote Originally Posted by milandro View Post
    there are many better ways to spend $2000 than buying an A3.
    It's only $800 & I didn't buy it. If it didn't have the wobbly neck I might offer the guy a lowball offer, but as it is I don't want to bother with it. It doesn't sound bad, and looks pretty cool.

    There's all kinds of killer horns at the show that will be going out the door at wholesale prices or less on the last day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlrsax View Post
    Strange, the same shop has an A3 with lacquer, though in rather bad shape. It has a different neck, too. He's asking $2 grand US for that one.

    you mentioned $2000 above , that’s why I mentioned that amount.

    I can’t understand why the shop appears not to have been able to fix the neck issue.
    Life is just a bowl... some have cherries in it, some don’t. Those who have the cherries aren’t likely to share them though.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    [QUOTE=milandro;3128578]Yes, martin was one of the inspiration sources to this model.

    The A3 being the first Yanagisawa made saxophone was still made in the copying spirit inspiring the Japanese industry back then ( the left hand pinky plateau looks very similar to some German or Bohemian horns such as Akustik for example).

    The left hand keys are a direct knockoff of the Conn 6M and 10M cluster. Yes, the bell key guards are clearly based on the Martin III.

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    Default Re: Old LH bell key Yanagisawa alto

    that’s how the Japanese industry started , copying. Later on they came into their own.
    Life is just a bowl... some have cherries in it, some don’t. Those who have the cherries aren’t likely to share them though.

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