Selmer Bundy II Alto Saxophone for Beginner, Intermediate or Marching Band #2. Vintage YAS21 Alto Saxophone, Nice Condition, Good Pads, Ready to Play. Heres a great vintage YAS21 Alto Saxophone. Its in excellent condition minus a few bumps and minor scratches.
Has a dent in the bottom and a few thumbnail indents (see pics). Works and sounds great, and was recently play-tested by a professional musician. Neck is good with one minor indent. Theres also a cool purple logo on bell.
Heres a review on this horn from Workbench Reviews on the YAS 21. So, 40 odd years on, how does the YAS21 stand up to the test of time?
Well, in a word - brilliantly. A major innovation was the finish. The epoxy lacquer Yamaha used for this horn was (and still is) incredibly tough - so much so that a careful repairer can do small soldering jobs without ruining the finish.An unusual aspect is the lack of engraving. I assume that Yamaha felt a saving could be made by dispensing with costly engraving on the bell, and in its place is a simple but elegant transfer. I rather like it, I always felt the clean lines of the un-engraved bell lent the horn a very businesslike quality. The neatness of the well fitted pillars and fittings made this a very unfussy looking horn mechanically - and the use of individual pillars (single pillar construction) helped keep the instrument light. Strangely enough, when the YAS21 first appeared it was subject to a lot of criticism from'the establishment' - and one of the gripes was that it was such a light horn. Surely nothing that light could be strong enough to last, they said - and much righteous indignation ensued... Until it was pointed out that the legendary Selmer MKVI alto weighed exactly the same. It sounds ridiculous, but even today you can still find people who claim that a decent horn has to be a heavy horn. Aside from the single pillar construction you also got a detachable bell. The 21 was fitted with a proper bell clamp - in later years this was dispensed with and a glued joint took its place.
There's a decent bell brace, and although it only has a single mount point on the body it's nonetheless quite sturdy and well-placed (to prevent severe damage to the body in the event of an impact to the bell). That said, it's become clear down the years that the design of the bell brace relies heavily on the integrity of the bottom bow joint... And I'm not so convinced that it works quite so well with glued bell joints. The tone holes are all drawn - and typically level. This one required some to be levelled...
But then it also had a slight bend in the body and an offline bell, so it's only to be expected. The stainless steel springs were quite a new feature at the time - and like the weight of the horn they came in for a lot of stick.Heaven knows why - because they last forever if looked after... And because the key work has been designed to use them, they're capable of being tweaked to much advantage. Possibly the biggest rookie-repairer mistake is to remove these springs and fit blued steel ones instead. You also got a full set of regulation adjusters on the stacks, a decently-sized sling ring and beefy guard feet. On the not-so-good side the thumb hook was a plain fixed affair (though I always found it, and the one on the 23 tenor, to be quite comfortable), the bumper felts weren't adjustable and you didn't get an'official' top F#. I say'official' because you could always get a top F# with a fake fingering (front top F+side Bb).
I much prefer to play on a horn that allows me to decide what sound I get out of it... And by choosing the right mouthpiece you can make this horn do practically anything you want. It's also worth mentioning that, as a repairer and player, I see quite a few of these horns used in a professional capacity.
Indeed, my tenor of choice is the 23 (a later variant of the 21) - and whilst a see a great many superb tenors come through the workshop, I still haven't found one that does for me what my YTS23 does. I think that says it all.
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The item "Vintage Yamaha YAS21 Alto Saxophone, Nice Condition, Premium Mouthpiece, Ready" is in sale since Tuesday, August 14, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Wind & Woodwind\Band & Orchestral\Saxophones".The seller is "indypacecarz28" and is located in Livonia, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.