Yamaha Custom 82Z Alto Saxophone, Just Serviced, V1 Neck, Video
Yamaha Custom 82Z alto saxophone, YAS-82Z. This is Yamaha's top of the line professional sax, and the way this plays, it's easy to see why. Although it is marketed as a jazz horn, it is equally at home in any musical style. To me, these play like a souped up Yamaha 62. It has that solid core of sound you find in the best Yamahas, but has updated keywork that feels a bit more sturdy and natural compared to earlier versions.
The sax comes with a new V1 neck which is a perfect match for this horn. Yamaha began shipping the newer 82Zii models with this neck, which is a very meaningful upgrade. With a V1 neck, the palm keys speak better, and the entire range pops with a bit more color and energy. It definitely puts this 82Z into a different category of horn.
This horn just came back from my tech who regulated the pads. The pads are sealing very well, and are in great condition. The sax responds easily in all registers and feels great from top to bottom.