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Yamaha YAS82ZII Custom Z Professional Alto Saxophone (Assorted Finishes)

The innovative new YAS-82ZII alto saxophone boasts powerful projection and effortless flexibility to help you stand out in the crowd!

Discounted Price $4,289.99 to $4,656.99

Discounted Price $4,289.99 to $4,656.99
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On the 10th Anniversary of their introduction, the Custom Z saxophones have been reexamined from neck to bell. They now offer the ultimate combination of expressiveness, response and control while staying true to their free-spirited origins. Since the Custom Z was developed in 2003, the technology, craftsmanship and specifications of the Custom Z series have continued to improve to fulfill the needs of the highest level musicians.  

The new YAS-82ZII is available in Gold Laquer, Black Laquer, Silver Plate, and Unlaquered finishes and features:

  • A one-piece bell that drastically improves low-end response and offers the player a wider palette of tonal color.  The bell also features a new engraving design- more elaborate and with finer detail than those seen on past models, which offers an additional degree of elegance on this incredible instrument.
  • This sax's domed metal resonators offer an outstanding response and deliver a wider dynamic range. The entire range of the instrument has a clearer pronunciation, providing effortless playability all around.
  • The YAS-82ZII features a V1 neck, the wide bore taper of which offers a free-blowing feel and the greatest possible flexibility, allowing the player the best tonal response of any Yamaha Custom Z to date.
  • An improved mechanism from low B to C# ensures a proper seal for these notes which promotes a clear response throughout the low range of the instrument.
  • Lighter thumb rest and thumb hook base designs produce better response and a more cohesive tone.
  • An adjustable Front F mechanism gives the player the freedom to find the optimal level of resistance in the altissimo range.

The YAS-82ZII saxophones come in slim, lightweight cases which provide excellent protection. A convenient shoulder strap is also included.  Pick one up today with our fast, free shipping and lowest price guarantee and experience the greatest alto sax yet to come out of Yamaha's famous Custom Z product line!

Things You Will Get:

    Yamaha ASC-820 Case
    Yamaha 4C Mouthpiece

The new 'Z'


I had the chance to do a pretty thorough comparison of my "old" YAS-82z and the new "ii" version. The V1 neck was in use on both horns. Looks: It can be hard to tell the new one from the old on first sight. The designation "ii" is not engraved anywhere on the horn that I could find. Instead look for the metal resonators and adjustable front F doo-dad. The new engraving isn't that different from previously though, as Yamaha says, the engraving is indeed "finer". A smaller (finer) nib is used and the some of patterns are more delicate. But the design is not more elaborate IMO. The old horn looked very pretty so does the new one. The excellent Custom case is still the same shape but is updated with heavier latches and a more leather-like outer material. Now to the important stuff.... Action: Simply put, the action is smoother! The keys are much less noisy and are in general smoother in action. The low C# was a particular problem for me on the old horn. It basically 'bounced' open and I felt that coming through the horn. It almost felt like I bumped into something when I pressed that key. On the new horn it's quite and accurate. Yamaha makes a point of the new C# - B design on the cluster and yes, it's a little easier to play, but I didn't really have a problem with that move on the old horn. My new Z is a little stiff out of the box but I really enjoy the quieter, smoother feel. (Maybe it's me that's a little stiff out of the box? ...). Tone: Overall the sound is a little darker. It's not really dark, like some Mark VI's (I have one of those too), but more in that direction. You do get more fundamentals in the sound throughout the range. Another way of putting it is the sound is less "nasal", or is more "throaty". This is especially notable on the low tones, and this may be related to the new single piece bell modification Yamaha highlights (though I think the low notes and the older model were certainly acceptable sounding). The main thing is that you still get the same great projection with this horn, even if it is a tad more polite about it. Intonation: Seems better for me. I always struggled a bit with open C# on the old Z and I feel that this is not happening on the new horn, however I'd like to play it more and in more situations before I say for sure. Note that plenty of players did NOT have any intonation issues with the old Z. I'll try to remember to update the playing in tune thing one of these days .... I'd rap it up by saying the new Z is a lot like the old one, 90% the same feel, but more mature or smoothed out. The older model is perhaps a bit "idiosyncratic". I can imagine you would not want to make the switch if A) you have no issue with the action or intonation on your current Z and/or B) you like the brighter sound of the old Z. I wouldn't consider making the switch without comparing the saxes side by side. As for me, the smoother action and the richer tone were enough to make the switch.



YAS82ZII Custom Z Professional Alto Saxophone (Assorted Finishes)

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Series Custom Z
Model YAS-82ZII
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for five years and labor for five years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.