Vintage Yanagisawa T5 Tenor


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We’re not sure exactly what year this came out, but the T5 series was Yanagisawa’s top line horn between 1966 and 1976. This particular horn has been fully overhauled by us. All new pads, corks, and felts – good to go!


The 5 Series represented [Yanagisawa’s] top of the line horns, [similar to] today’s 99x series. These horns were all hand made. The 5 Series of horns have a very centered tone and shows a major amount of influence from the Selmer Mark VI without being a true copy. It has a similar bore as well as many keywork and design elements that evoke the memory of the VI. The left pinky table is of a different design but shows Selmer influence as well. It is a non-floating mechanism that bridges “vintage” and “Selmer”. The [5 Series] horns have light action and an even response throughout. These horns evolved over time and, late in the run, they have very similar keywork to the A-6/T-6 series of horns. (Source: Ed Svoboda’s original Yanagisawa article.)



Yanagisawa has become known for their reputation for high quality and hand craftsmanship. The family legacy dates back to 1893 with Tokutaro Yanagisawa repairing woodwind instruments in Japan for military band members. In 1921, the first factory was established for making trumpets and cornets. During this time, Tokutaro would mentor young instrument makers including Kouichi Muramatsu, who would eventually build the famed Muramatsu flute company.

In 1951, Takutaro’s son Takanobu followed in his father’s footsteps to build his first prototype saxophone. During the 60’s and 70’s, Yanagisawa developed and built new models of saxophones including the model B-6 bari saxophone and the S-6 soprano saxophone, the first ever of their type to be built in Japan.

Since 1969, Yanagisawa has become most well known for their innovations in soprano and sopranino saxophones. The first sopranino SN-6 ever built in 1972 now belongs to Sonny Rollins. In 1985, the company released the S-880, the first soprano saxophone with a detachable neck. In 1990, this innovation continued with the S-990, the first saxophone to have a high G key.

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