Yamaha Design “Synapses” YAS-62/82Z, YTS-62/82Z

2012 / SAXOPHONES


The Standard in Saxophones, Evolved.

Pride

In transforming the player’s breath into sound, a wind instrument is truly an extension of the body. When a musician picks one up to play, it fits itself to his fingers; when he blows into it, it resonates, deepening the connection between player and instrument.

Professional

Timbre, feel, key action, and engraving are all to professional standards and enable the player to hit every note with the desired feeling. Whatever the situation, these saxophones can be counted on when on-stage.

Well-Made

The body is hammered into the pleasing lines of a morning glory, and then a master engraver pours his heart into every instrument. The artist, engraver, and developer work together as one to create a work of art.

Elegance

The floral engraving has a universal appeal free of any bonds to time or place. The design is both sophisticated and informal, combining a subtle modernity with traditional technique.


Kazuhito Nakajima
Kazuhito Nakajima
Designer
Yamaha Design Laboratory

Yasuhisa Uchiumi
Yasuhisa Uchiumi
Designer
Yamaha Woodwind Design

Shingo Suzuki
Shingo Suzuki
Engraver
Yamaha Specialist Engraver

Yasuko Okamoto
Yasuko Okamoto
Weaver/Dyer

Contemporary figuring that combines strength and informality.

As a long-selling instrument, the 62 series has built up its own history. The 82Z series is known for giving flight to the player’s impressions. When the time came to update the four models in the YAS alto-sax and YTS tenor-sax lines, Yamaha made a major departure in terms of engraving.
The engraving on these instruments is themed on flowers, which are loved around the world. We asked a weaver and dyer who also played the saxophone to create a design. What we got back was a design with motifs of lilies, night-blooming cacti, trumpet vine, and anemone. The engraver cut the pattern into the body, picking motifs while looking at actual examples. After settling on the design, we began an iterative process of engraving and improving, engraving and improving, making minute changes to aspects such as the angles of a flower’s petals or the shape of its stalk. The result features detailed artistry than ever before, with the engraving expressing a sophisticated informality.
Each saxophone is engraved by a craftsman in a time-consuming process to produce the engraving. One way of looking at it is that if the design created by the artist is the sheet music, the figuring cut by the engraver is the performance. Even in a single line, the depth of the engraving and the force used to cut the line express the engraver’s skill and artistic sensibility. The engraving becomes the saxophone’s face, combining traditional techniques refined over long years of practice with a contemporary style, the greatest achievement of the saxophone’s visual artistry.
Artists and engravers spent one and a half years working together to produce a wholly new design that reflects the interplay of their respective talents. We are delighted with this beautiful engraving and believe it will become the new face of Yamaha saxophones.

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