YAS23 Alto Saxophone

Yamaha YAS-23 Standard Eb Alto Saxophone Lacquer Finish Nickel Keys

  • Optimum intonation and venting
  • Power-forged keys
  • Tapered pivot screws
  • Precise adjustment and smooth key action
  • Refined key shape and dimension
The Yamaha YAS-23 alto saxophone is an excellent choice for the student or beginning band member. The YAS23 alto saxophone features a gold lacquer body, with very durable key work. The quality that makes this one of our most recommended student alto saxophones is the intonation. The intonation is excellent and offers the beginning saxophonist an excellent start. Complete with strong plywood case, Yamaha 4C alto saxophone mouthpiece and all necessary saxophone care products


2 thoughts on “YAS23 Alto Saxophone

  1. Amazon Customer
    43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Student Sax, October 29, 2009
    Amazon Customer (Madison, AL) –

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    Bought this for my son for beginner band. He has a used YAS-23 which has served him well, but his enthusiasm for playing deserved a new instrument. The used one is Japanese made, the new one Chinese. I can find no discernible difference between the two other than age. The case on the new one has been updated slightly to address some cradling issues, but otherwise no difference. Both instruments play very well and produce the same sound, all parts seem identical and interchangeable. The woodwind tech at our local music store recommended this instrument over all others as a beginner instrument for its overall tone, ease of playing, and ease of maintenance and adjustment. Parts availability is also a plus. I have been a musician for a long time and Yamaha’s quality and consistency across all products seems to be a company standard. They make great motorcycles, also!. Musical Instrument Haven Storefront creamed the competition on price for this new instrument by $276.00 ($1399 + shipping) and shipped promptly and securely, backed by Amazon’s protection policy. Update Jan. 2011, my son has been playing this for over a year now and it is still like new, and he is hardly a white-glove treatment candidate, if you get my meaning. Fit, finish, and function have remained superb with minor adjustment and maintenance. Highly recommended. Update Oct. 2011 My 8th grade son is marching with the high school band (yep, I’m bragging). This instrument is still going strong with very minimal adjustment and he swears by it’s tone, playability, and functionality.
    UPDATE: OCT 2012 Another marching season and this instrument only gets better with age, yearly tune-up only maintenance done, replaced two pads since last season.

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  2. Matt Rodriguez
    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Instrument, but a little pricey!!, November 10, 2010
    Matt Rodriguez (San Antonio, TX) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: YAS23 Alto Saxophone (Electronics)
    I’ve had and used this model of Alto Saxophone for 4 years! I used it in high school marching band and it’s great! The keys are very well constructed, so pressing any combination of them requires little pressure and offers nice bounce back. It’s very good-looking with the gold base, silver keys, white key pads (on the outside), and black accents of the thumb holders (both top and bottom). I The tone is rich and full! It can be played in marching or concert settings, and gives you a great sound for either. The pads (which are a nice, light brown color) seal the instrument well and as long as you keep it clean, it will play well for you for a long time!

    The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it does scratch relatively easily, as it does not have a lacquered finish like some of the brands. It also doesn’t play with the same smoothness as some of the “higher end” brands (LeBlanc, Tempest, etc.) The case it comes with is pretty basic, and if you’re traveling a lot, you can hear your stuff (mouth piece, neck strap, reeds, etc) rattling around and scratching up the instrument, which isn’t great.

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