Yanagisawa SWO1 Soprano Sax
WO Series Bore | One Piece Body | High F#
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 new Yanagisawa SWO1 Soprano Sax is the epitome of this fusion of craftsmanship and technology!
The Yanagisawa WO Series
Starting with the release of the WO Series altos in 2014, the first major redesign from Yanagisawa saxophones in 20 years! Now, as of September 2017, Yanagisawa has continued the WO Series with the new WO Series sopranos! Building on the outstanding platform of the 9 series sopranos, the new WO Series improve on the excellence of Yanagisawa! Impeccable intonation & build quality are a staple of the Yanagisawa line. The WO series bore has been further refined for a richer tone with several enhancements to the mechanical purity that is Yanagisawa!
Yanagisawa SWO1 Replaces S901
In the new WO Series, the Yanagisawa SWO1 features a solid 1 piece body with key range to high F#. This model replaced the previous S901 model. The new Yanagisawa SWO1 features the following improvements over the previous S9 model:
- New WO Series Soprano Bore Taper & Tonehole Design
- New Brass Alloy unique to WO Series Sopranos
- Raised Left Hand Palm Keys
- New Right Hand Pinky Key Design
- New Backpack Style WO Series Soprano Case
So what IS the difference between the Yanagisawa SWO1 & the more expensive SWO10?
Very little in reality. If we were talking about alto, tenor or bari, then there would be a bigger difference in that the WO1 series altos and tenors are assembled with lighter weight construction than their more expensive WO10 counterparts… but this difference does not exist on the sopranos.
Instead, all of the Yanagisawa model sopranos, including the Yangisawa SWO1 use the heavier ribbed construction throughout. They do this as sopranos are inherently a brighter instrument due to the range that they play in. So Yanagisawa has ALL of their sopranos use the heavier ribbed construction of the Elite series instruments. This helps even the most affordable Yanagisawa give the richer tone.
So the real difference between the Yanagisawa SWO1 and the SWO10 is simple in configuration options.
- SWO1 – One Piece Body, Range to High F#
- SWO10 – Dual Neck Body with Straight & Curved Necks, Range to High G
Soprano Saxophones are very misunderstood instruments. They are commonly considered more difficult to play than an alto or tenor saxophone.
In reality, the problem with soprano saxophone has more to do with how they are played rather than the soprano sax itself. Plainly put, you cannot play a soprano sax the same way you would an alto sax as they are not the same instrument! Dave Kessler wrote an article about this very issue and details:
- Why is soprano harder to play?
- How to choose a soprano
- How best to approach playing soprano
Take a moment and read the article here: Dave Kessler’s Music Blog – Choosing a Soprano Sax
Every soprano sax that we send out includes a copy of our “Soprano Sax Playing Tips Guide” that will help players achieve the best performance out of their soprano sax. You can also download a PDF copy of that guide by clicking here.
Every Yanagisawa SWO1 soprano 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 SWO1 Specifications
|Body Material||Brass, Gold Lacquered|
|Body/Neck Style||One Piece Body – WO Series Soprano Bore|
|Construction Style||Ribbed Body Construction|
|Range||Low Bb to High F#|
|Pads||Premium Leather with Domed Nylon Resonators|
|Mouthpiece||Yanagisawa Ebonite 5|
|Case||Yanagisawa Backpacker Case|
|Country of Manufacture||Handmade in Japan|
18 Month Same As Cash Financing!
Purchase your new Yanagisawa SWO1 Soprano Sax through Kessler & Sons Music using First Mutual Finance and receive special 18 Month Same As Cash financing!
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18 Month Same As Cash Option Available on New Instrument at Advertised New Price Only. Full details on financing page.
Does not apply towards Store Used Demos or Used Instruments. Demos and Used models can still be financed under standard terms.