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A future-proof instrument
Move on with a professional-quality sax you can keep with you on your musical journey. Experts regard the YAS480 alto as an upgrade saxophone that has the sound and feel of a more expensive instrument. Its brass body is heavier than beginner models, giving you the weight you need for a stronger sound and bigger presence as you move into big bands. You get a little more resistance, ideal as you advance and gain breath control, as the YAS480 will certainly reward this greater skill. Be heard even as the volume goes up.
Get that professional sound. The Yamaha YAS480 has the solid, authoritative tone of a refined instrument. The 62-style neck featured on this sax has a lively tone and great intonation, showing true Yamaha build quality. And, your beloved saxophone will be ready if you ever want to take it a step further without replacing your whole instrument. The new octave key means you can switch necks to one of the luxury necks made for the Custom Z and Custom EX Yamaha saxophones (sold separately). This gives you room to upgrade your setup and finetune your sound with a pro neck if you choose. It's features like this that make this intermediate alto saxophone a popular choice for professionals seeking a doubling instrument.
Yamaha's renowned playability
Make this high quality sound and enjoy doing it. This sax combines ergonomics, feel, and intonation for an effortless playing experience. You'll be confident with sleek keywork featuring a tear-drop style front-F key for enhanced comfort. Your hands will also be eased by the left-hand seesaw mechanism so you can move easily between the Bb and C# notes rather than having to leap across keys. The 4C mouthpiece is another quality addition trusted by professionals and teachers alike.
Yamaha have made their hugely popular YAS475 even better with the YAS480. This gives you a reliably high-standard sound combined with new features to improve your experience. You'll find this with the new and stronger B-C# connection, allowing a more consistent closing of the low C# key. Relax with a clearer response from the sometimes tricky lower range. Again, the YAS480 alto sax is designed with you in mind with its separated key guards. Their adjustable screw cap stoppers allow for professional-style technical adjustments. Thanks to this, you'll have a great sound with a new level of flexibility.
Professional looks with hand-engraving
Take pleasure in a quality sax that looks as good as it sounds. Yamaha are renowned for the quality of their materials, so you know you are getting premium brass in the YAS480. Then, for a professional finish you have refined gold lacquer on both the body and keys of your sax. As well as giving your instrument a beautiful final touch, this lacquer also adds a dark, warm quality to your sound. The hand-engraving on the bell is a touch of luxury. The painstaking nature of such detail makes it reserved for only the most special saxophones. With this gorgeous visual addition, you know a Yamaha artisan has spent hours adding this final touch to your instrument.
You're all ready to go
Nothing will hold you back from taking your precious new saxophone on your travels. The included lightweight moulded case provides ideal protection for your instrument, even on busy trains and buses. It's handy with multiple handles for carrying in different ways or standing it up too. For an extra comfortable hold for longer journeys, backpack straps mean you can walk any distance with your saxophone. Carry sheet music easily and securely too with the secure zipped compartment at the front of your case.
All Yamaha instruments are designed to give you the best possible start to your musical journey. Yamaha appreciates that learning a musical instrument can be a life-changing experience, and this is why their instruments are easy to play and offer exceptional value.
Yamaha's commitment to consistent high-quality has enabled them to be one of the world leaders in musical education. By having specialised developers for every instrument allows Yamaha to be constantly innovating their instruments so they remain as one of the market leaders.
Yamaha's student range of instruments are known as a superb introduction for those serious about starting their musical journey. As you progress over time, you may be interested in Yamaha's professional range of instruments. These instruments go through over 10 years of research and development to ensure the highest possible quality, which is why Yamaha is able to produce some of the best musical instruments in the world.
Yamaha 5 Year Extended Warranty
As a premium brand, Yamaha are proud to offer a free five-year extended warranty when the purchase of your instrument is registered within six months of purchase. Please visit the Yamaha website for the full terms and conditions and to register your warranty.
3 Months Free Tomplay Premium Subscription
When you register your instrument you can get a three-month premium subscription to Tomplay where you can access over 40,000 scores with backing tracks. You are able to filter by musical style, composer, difficulty and accompaniment type and interact with the scores. The pieces are all recorded by professional musicians and you can control the tempo and even record yourself playing. If you wish, you can also print and annotate your score and create loops to focus on those more difficult passages. For more information, please see the Yamaha/Tomplay website.
- Key: Eb
- Range: Low Bb - High F#
- Body: Brass
- Bow: Brass
- Bell: Brass
- Keys: Brass
- Finish: Gold Lacquer
- Neck: Brass, 480 Style
- Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4C Mouthpiece
- Case: Backpack Style Lightweight Case