Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Eb Alto Saxophone Gold Lacquer w/Case

Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Eb Alto Saxophone Gold Lacquer w/Case





Intermediate redesigned alto saxophone from Yamaha.

The Yamaha YAS-480 is Yamaha’s intermediate alto saxophone. It is a step-up from the YAS-26 or the YAS-280. The YAS-480 is equipped with professional features and would be welcome on most bandstands, but Yamaha offers a selection of instruments with features and materials beyond the YAS-480.

Yamaha’s manufacturing efficiency is legendary, as is their innovative woodwind instrument design. Yamaha leverages all of that knowledge and experience in producing the YAS-480. It is an affordable top-quality instrument that is perfect for the committed student or any number of other musician profiles. It’s a great fit for the enthusiastic pro/am player with weekend gigs and a career. The adult learner who wants a next-level instrument to study on could hardly do better. It’s an ideal double for a professional flute or clarinet player. The Yamaha YAS-480 has a well-established reputation for the most important things in an alto saxophone: accurate intonation, quick response and warm tone.

Design and construction elements

The YAS-480 design and layout borrow from the original YAS-62. It features the annealed yellow brass neck construction that made the original YAS-62 a professional standard for years. The neck, body and key material are all yellow brass, and the hand-engraving on the YAS-480 bell adds a charming texture to its rich gold lacquer or optional silver plating. The redesigned octave key system lets players choose between the included 62-style neck and those designed for the Custom Z and Custom EX Yamaha saxophones. The included new 62-style neck has been redesigned for improved tone and response.

Adjustable, comfortable and consistent

Separate key guards feature adjustable screw cap stoppers, and the left-hand seesaw key increases playability by increasing comfort. The YAS-480’s low B-C# mechanism ensures consistent closing of the low C# key to promote clear response from the low register. The pads are waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters. A front F key, a high F# key, drawn tone holes, stainless steel springs, and an adjustable plastic thumb hook complete the most notable hardware features.

Yamaha YAS-480 extras

The YAS-480 comes in a slim, lightweight case with backpack straps and a shoulder strap. It includes a quality mouthpiece, ligature and care products.


  • Hand engraving
  • Compatible with Custom Yamaha necks
  • Enhanced neck
  • Key guard
  • Left-hand seesaw key
  • Improved Low B-C# connection

Order now for the improved intermediate horn from Yamaha, the last horn you’ll need until the last horn you’ll ever buy.


  • Level: Intermediate
  • Key: Eb
  • Auxiliary Keys: High F#, Front F


  • Body Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell: Two-piece yellow Brass
  • Bell Decoration: Stamped
  • Finish: Gold-lacquer
  • Tone holes: Drawn
  • Thumb Hook: Adjustable


  • Neck: Annealed 62 style
  • Neck Material: Yellow Brass


  • Mouthpiece: AS-4C
  • Mouthpiece Cap: Plastic
  • Ligature: Yellow brass; Clear lacquer
  • Spring Type: Stainless steel

Keys & Pads

  • Key buttons: Polyester
  • Pad: Type Waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters
  • Mounting: Post on body
  • Pivot Screw: Straight-tapered with head, nylon lock (adjustable)

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