Yanagisawa SIXS Alto Sax or Clarinet Ligature
Yanagisawa is known among the saxophone community as one of, if not the finest saxophone maker there is. Their dedication to craftsmanship is paramount in everything that they make. Now, Yanagisawa has expanded this expertise in to a new project: the Yanagisawa SIXS Alto Sax or Clarinet Ligature.
The Yanagisawa SIXS Alto Sax / Clarinet Ligature incorporates a unique design with six spatially arranged contact points. Four small, gold-plated brass discs stabilize the reed, holding it firmly against the mouthpiece while ensuring full freedom of vibration. The ligature hugs the mouthpiece barrel through four Ebonite spacers and an inverted single-screw mechanism allows uniform tightening through all contact points for excellent response. The engraved, hexagonal screw head adds an appealing classical touch.
The ligature is designed to fit most hard rubber alto sax mouthpieces as well as most Bb Clarinet hard rubber mouthpieces! The longer screw adapts the fit well to various models.
What is “SIXS”?
SIXS stands for the SIX Spaces between the contact points from the ligature on the reed & mouthpiece. The minimal contact on the mouthpiece and reed is key to the performance, meaning that the space in between these contacts is the change from a standard ligature that yields the performance of the new design.
Handmade in Japan, the SIXS Ligature is made 24K Gold Plated Brass.
Mouthpiece Cap Included
Yanagisawa includes a specially designed white cap with the SIXS. The cap is produced with MAPKA, a new material composite comprising a blend of 51 percent paper powder with 49 percent polypropylene. Incorporating paper as one if its base ingredients, MAPKA is a new composite developed in Japan as an alternative to plastics that raise questions from the standpoint of eco efficiency. MAPKA has earned the Biomass Mark as an environmental product that harnesses biomass resources and satisfies regulations, standards, and benchmarks for quality and safety.
Yanagisawa marks these new ligatures with a new “YANY” stamp. Many customers ask us what this stands for, so we asked Yanagisawa directly. For decades, customers would shorten the name Yanagisawa and pronounce it “yah-NEE” but spell it “Yani”. However, in Japan, the phrase “Yani” is associated with Tobacco. So Yanagisawa has officially declared “Yany” (with the Y at the end) as the official spelling for the shortened phrase of it’s brand name.
Find out more about the SIXS on Yanagisawa’s official website here: http://www.yanagisawasax.co.jp/en/yanysixs.html