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)