Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto Sax Necks
Yanagisawa makes the highest quality professional saxophones on the market today! They are a specialty manufacture meaning that they ONLY make professional handmade saxophones. They are a small factory blending old world craftsmanship with modern design and performance. The Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto Sax Neck is the perfect accessory to maximize the performance of your Yanagisawa Alto Sax!
Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto Sax Neck
The Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto Sax Neck actually is made from Solid Sterling Silver (92.5% pure silver, 7.5% copper) as pure solid silver would be too soft. Sterling Silver is a heavier alloy than brass but it vibrates & responds exceptionally well. The use of solid silver alto sax neck will produce a more resonant instrument that will have more tonal presence and versatility. This effectively amplifies whatever is put in to the horn by the player and mouthpiece. So mouthpieces that are dark by nature will be darker, richer & bigger when paired with the Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto neck. Mouthpieces that are brighter will be edgier, more brilliant and more powerful when paired with the Yanagisawa Solid Silver Alto neck.
These models are the replacement necks for the new WO Series models. They are compatible with both the A9 and A8 series horns. The new WO Series necks are fundamentally the same as the previous A9 models that they replaced but are available in 2 designs, the standard and engraved models
- WO30 Model Neck – No Engraving
- WO37 Model Neck – Engraved
Identifying a WO Neck from a 9 Series
The easiest way to identify whether your Yanagisawa solid silver alto sax neck is a WO Series neck is by looking for the “YANY” stamp on the collar of the tenon. This stamp is seen on all WO Series necks and does not exist on the 9 Series necks. However, there is no performance difference between the previous A9 solid silver necks and the new WO Series solid silver necks.
What does the YANY stamp mean?
Yanagisawa saxophones are commonly referred to as a “Yany” (pronounced “YAH-nee”) by players. While there has never been an official spelling of this printed anywhere, Yanagisawa decided that the shortened term should be spelled YANY and not YANI as the word “yani” in Japan has another meaning associated with tobacco resin. So they have officially declared that “YANY” is the proper spelling! This is also the easiest way to determine whether a neck is a WO Series design or not as all WO Series necks will feature this stamp on the side of the collar at the neck tenon.
Other Yanagisawa Alto Sax Neck Models
Yanagisawa also offers their necks in Bronze and Sterling Silver. The bronze will give a darker tone and the Sterling will give more resonance. We keep these models in stock as well.
Will it fit??
The Yanagisawa neck will fit all modern Yanagisawa models from A8xx series all the way through the WO Series horns. This neck is specifically made from the A9 series instruments, but the neck design on the A9 & WO Series models did not change in design.
Kessler & Sons Music offers a 3 day trial / return policy on the Yanagisawa Alto Sax Neck. There are no cleaning fees or restocking fees (assuming that the neck is returned in proper condition).
Please read our terms & conditions (link at the bottom of the page) for full details on this policy.