Yanagisawa BWO2 WO Series Bronze Bari Sax
Yanagisawa makes the highest quality professional saxophones on the market today! They are a specialty manufacture of professional handmade saxophones. They are a small factory blending old world craftsmanship with modern design and performance. The Yanagisawa BWO2 is one of the most amazing values in the industry. Read on to find out why!
Isn’t the Yanagisawa BWO2 an “Intermediate” Saxophone?
No way, no how! We too have seen other instances in the past and still to this day where people advertise the Yanagisawa BWO2 as an “Intermediate” model. This is all due to MANY years ago when the Yanagisawa distribution was handled by Leblanc (Yanagisawa is now distributed by Conn-Selmer, Inc. in North America) they would list all of the predecessor 90x series instruments (alto, tenor, soprano & bari) as “Intermediate” models to help justify the price difference for the more expensive 99x series models. This was one of the worst marketing flubs we have ever seen.
Bronze gives the saxophone a very unique tone. Bronze is a heavier alloy compared to brass. Standard brass is an alloy comprised of Copper & Zinc, with about 70% of that alloy being copper. Bronze is an alloy that consists of Copper & Tin but with around 88-90% of it being copper. The copper is the primary focus here as it adds more mass to the alloy. The use of bronze helps give the Yanagisawa BWO2 a richer, lush tone compared to the brass equivalent model (BWO1).
On the single post horns, we find that bronze can be a wonderful option. Bronze tends to be a hair more resistant due to its increased mass, but the lighter weight construction of the single post horn helps to negate that issue giving instead a sax that is free-blowing, quick responding and wonderfully rich in tone! For many players, especially the hobby player or the professional jazz bari player, the Yanagisawa BWO2 is the most impressive overall model due to quality of tone and the “bark” that the horn produces!
The primary difference is in the weight of the construction. The Yanagisawa BWO2 uses “Single Post to Body” construction whereas the BWO20 uses a heavier “Ribbed Body” construction. What this translates to is that the posts that suspend the keys up from the body are individually soldered directly to the body tube on the Yanagisawa BWO2. On the ribbed body BWO20, large groups of posts are first silver soldered on to a brass plate, or “rib”, and then that entire rib is soldered on to the body tube.
The end result is that the body tubes of the Yanagisawa BWO2 have less weight attached to them and this give quicker response. The heavier construction BWO20 has a thicker “core” to its sound due to the extra weight, but it also requires more effort and power from the player in order to get quick response.
So which is better?
Neither is truly “better” than the other but rather depends on the player. The Yanagisawa BWO2 is the least resistant and easiest model to play. One of the biggest issues that people have with modern low A bari saxes is the slower response compared to older Bb bell baris. This is due to the extra weight that low A models have from the extended bell.
So for many players, the Yanagisawa BWO2 offers a quicker response like the older Bb bell baris but all of the design aspects of the modern horn (intonation, build quality, ergonomics). Plainly put for many players (students, hobbyist & jazz players), the lighter weight BWO2 offers an exceptional combination of performance, quality and price value. There are of course other smaller differences in the BWO20 but the core difference between the horns is the construction.
Every Yanagisawa BWO2 bari we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on the horn is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, a saxophone (regardless of who the manufacturer) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours! So if you were to get 5 of the same model right out of the box, they will all play different. This leads players to believe that they are “good” or “bad” saxes. The reality is that the one that was the best out of the 5 was likely the one that needed the least amount of work and the “bad” sax was the one that needed 2 hours worth of adjustments!
Once the same 5 saxophones are properly regulated and adjusted to perfection, they become near identical saxophones. Even the pickiest of players would be challenged to pick a true “favorite” horn. However, since most stores do not or even can not perform this setup, the player never knows this and is simply relying on the luck of the draw. This is why we perform our setup (in our www.SaxophoneRepairs.com ProShop) on them before delivering your new sax to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your ideal saxophone setup flawlessly!
Yanagisawa BWO2 Specifications
|Body Material||Bronze, Gold Lacquered|
|Construction Style||Single Post to Body Construction|
|Range||Low A to High F#|
|Pads||Premium Leather with Domed Nylon Resonators|
|Mouthpiece||Yanagisawa Ebonite 5|
|Case||Yanagisawa Deluxe Case|
|Country of Manufacture||Handmade in Japan|
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