Yanagisawa: WO Series

Altos introduced late 2013, tenors introduced 2015


WO1 Eb Alto   WO1 Bb Tenor

WO2 Eb Alto   WO2 Bb Tenor

WO10 Eb Alto   WO10 Bb Tenor

WO20 Eb Alto   WO20 Bb Tenor

WO30 Eb Alto   WO30 Bb Tenor

Above huge sample pics are from www.musikmarkt-plauen.de.
Header images are from Ishibashi Music.

Model Description Finishes 2016 Yani Japan Catalog 2016 Sax.co.uk &
Prima Gakki Japan Alto Prices
2016 Yani UK
Alto List Prices
2016 Sax.co.uk &
Prima Gakki Japan Tenor Prices
2016 Yani UK
Tenor List Prices
WO1
Professional
Japanese Brass
Comprable to 901
Gold Lacquer
Unlacquered
Black Lacquer
Silver Plate
Alto
Tenor
£1875 (Lacquer)
1875 UL
2625 B
2625 S
£2575 (Lacquer)
2575 UL
£2075 (Lacquer)
2075 UL
£2845 (Lacquer)
2845 UL
WO10
Elite
“French” Brass
Comprable to 991
Gold Lacquer
Unlacquered
Black Lacquer
Silver Plate
Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
2405
2405 UL
3255 B
3255 (estimate) S

¥378,000 (£2231)
¥878,000 (£5182) GP
3345
3345 UL
2585
2585 UL

¥423,000 (£2496)
¥1,073,000 (£6333) GP
3495
3495 UL
WO20
Elite
Bronze
Comprable to 992
Clear Lacquer
Unlacquered
Silver Plate
Gold Plate
Pink Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
3115
3115 UL
3980 S
7250 PGP
4390
4390 UL
8899 PGP
3165
3165 UL
5875 PGP
4265
4265 UL
9400 PGP
WO30
Elite
Sterling neck and body,
brass bow and bell
Comprable to 9930
Clear Lacquer
Gold Plate
Pink Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
3865 5280 4660 6200
WO32
Elite
Sterling neck and body,
bronze bow and bell
Comprable to 9932
Clear Lacquer
Gold Plate
Pink Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
(Only listed @ Yani UK)
5075 6955 5875 7935
WO33
Elite
Sterling neck and bell,
brass body and bow
Comprable to 9933
Clear Lacquer
Gold Plate
Pink Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
(Only listed @ Yani UK)
3865 5280 4660 6200
WO37
Elite
Sterling silver
Comparable to 9937
Clear Lacquer
Gold Plate
Pink Gold Plate
Alto
Tenor
6465

¥ 950,000 (£5607)
¥ 1,450,000 (£8559) GP
¥ 1,450,000 (£8559) PGP
8960 8005

¥1,080,000 (£6374)
¥1,730,000 (£10,210) GP
¥1,730,000 (£10,210) PGP
10800

Brief Model Notes

I’ve heard some folks say that these horns are “exactly the same” as the 901/902/991/992/993x.  Well, not quite.  There are five changes for both the Professional and Elite models, which are detailed on Dave Kessler’s blog:

  • Bore of the bell and bow.
  • Brass and bronze composition.
  • Front (altissimo) F key has a slight redesign.
  • The right hand palm keys now have stops or “feet.”
  • The Eb/C keys are slightly repositioned.

There are a couple more changes for the Professional models:

  • Left hand palm keys are now plate construction, rather than post-on-body.
  • Change to the neck construction to make it a bit heavier and more robust.

There’s also a new case for both models and the engraving is different.

Dave Kessler also makes a couple remarks about how some of the design changes are kind of “throwbacks” to the 800/880 series horns.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’d like some other companies to go back and use features they had on their older products.

Note that there are only alto and tenor WO Series horns currently available as I write this (January 31, 2016).  It also appears that several finish choices have made it onto several Yanagisawa websites, but they are either not yet available or they’re only custom order.  Some of the websites I looked at had wait times of a few months for some models and finishes.  Heck, Conn-Selmer doesn’t even have any WO Series horns listed on their website, yet.

I don’t know if Yanagisawa will have WO Series sopranos, sopranos, or baritones or if they’ll continue with the 901/902/991/981 versions of these.

I’ve also noted that the WO37 seems to always be pictured with over-the-top octave keys on the neck.  I don’t know if this indicates anything.  Hey, you might get both necks when you get a WO37.


Serial Number Information

For the majority of horns, you’ll see a serial number starting with “00” that does not have an embedded date. Check out my thread on the Woodwind Forum for these serial numbers and some odd ones that I’ve found.


 Additional Pictures

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