Remember in my last post I mentioned spotting a secondhand Yamaha YAS62 sax in Chamberlains music store in Haslemere?
It's now resting gently in its stand in my living room. Yes, gentle reader, I went back to the shop two days later, gave it a good blow in their practice room (which was more like an unsoundproofed storage cupboard, frankly) and decided that it was infinitely better than the student horn I've been using since the 1980s.
It's a professional standard saxophone as opposed to the student version that I've been using. This means that it's been built to a great level of accuracy, there are more keys and levers than my old one and - what surprised me - it's appreciably heavier. This indicates to me that the metal is thicker which will affect the tone of the instrument - a richer, heavier sound. It sounds like an alto sax should.
Some more photos, I think - indoors, this time:
I suppose it is a bit complicated, really.
One more look at her on the sofa.
The sound is noticeably (to me, anyway) different from my old sax, although I'm not too sure about the mouthpiece. There are any number of combinations of style and size of mouthpiece that can be used with at least 5 different thicknesses of reed, all of which will affect the sound you make, so that's a whole other area I suppose I ought to wade my way through.
Anyway, I just thought I'd show you my new acquisition - the single most expensive thing I think I've ever bought (possibly more than my first ever car!) I'm definitely getting it insured, probably by joining the Musicians' Union.
So all I need now is some gigs to play it at!!
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