Yamaha Custom 82Zii Alto Saxophone, Unlacquered, YAS-82ZiiU
Yamaha Custom 82Zii alto saxophone in near mint condition. Yamaha took an already amazing saxophone in the 82Z and made it better with the introduction of the 82Zii. There are several refinements to this model that make a significant difference in how this horn sounds and responds. The 82Zii has metal resonators, a V1 neck, and a 1-piece bell, among other improvements.
Unlacquered Yamaha saxes begin their life shiny and almost indistinguishable from their lacquered counterparts. Over time, the sax gradually oxidizes and the finish becomes more faded and matte-like. This sax hasn't even been broken in yet, and there are several areas that still have the original shiny finish. These areas will fade and blend in with the rest of the sax over time.
This horn feels like an upgrade to the original 82Z. The sax has better projection than the previous model, and the sound feels more energetic and a bit less muddled. The technique and action feels improved, but this could also be due to the fact that this horn has barely been played.
My tech just regulated the sax prior to sale so it is locked in and playing like a brand new sax.