Yanagisawa A991(AWO10) / A992 Alto Saxophone


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With a heritage of instrument-making in Japan that traces back to 1893, Yanagisawa is recognised today as a maker of the most carefully handcrafted family of artist-level saxophones in the world.

A991 The A991 has a range from low Bb to high F#. Teflon inner octave system ensures smooth and quiet operation of the octave system. Front F key, distinctive octave key, “Sway-Free” F auxiliary and low C# mechanism. Concave Mother of pearl inlaid keys help center fingers and reduce finger slippage. Pointed pivot screws provide a highly reliable and precise key action. Airtight waterproof pads extend pad life, seal and responsiveness. Needle springs provide quick key response and a smooth action. A real pleasure to play. Lacquered finish. Made in Japan. 3 Year Extended Warranty.

A992 Bronze Body The same as the above, the A992 also features a bronze body, neck and bell unique to Yanagisawa that provides a richer, warmer tone and enormous projection in all registers and dynamic range.



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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Additional information


A991, A992