The Yamaha YAS-82ZII, commonly known as the Custom Z, underwent a neck-to-bell redesign in 2013 after the original Custom Z’s ten-year run. The redesigned Custom Z now offers the ultimate combination of expressiveness, response and control, while still staying true to its origins.
The concept for the YAS-82Z was to create an instrument with the tonal profile of the saxophones of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but with the mechanical precision of a modern horn. The YAS-82ZII expands on both parts of this idea, with improvements in its tonal scope as well as its mechanical ease.
Design and construction elements
The YAS-82ZII is an update of the YAS-82Z, an instrument that became a favorite of working musicians everywhere. The YAS-82ZII is constructed of imported French brass, a lighter alloy than the annealed yellow brass used in the YAS-62III. Like the 62III, it features fully ribbed construction.
Superb response, clear pronunciation and effortless playability
The Custom Z is the only Yamaha model that uses domed metal resonators. This helps deliver superb response along with bright, clear tone and a broad dynamic range. The entire range of the instrument has a clear pronunciation with effortless playability across the range of the instrument. Like many of the best vintage saxophones, the 82ZII comes with a one-piece bell, which improves low end response and offers a wide palette of tonal colors. It has a hand-hammered body, bell and neck, and its new engraving design is likewise done by hand, instilling an unrepeatability to each instrument. These saxophones are the handcrafted product of a team of true artisans.
The Custom Z has yellow brass key buttons with mother of pearl key touches, which adds to the instrument’s striking appearance and satisfying action. The wide bore taper of the V1 neck provides a free-blowing feel and the greatest possible flexibility. This combination of features allows the player the ultimate level of tonal expression.
The Yamaha YAS-82ZII features a two-point bell brace for better efficiency. Challenging passages suddenly become accessible with the Custom Z saxophone. A lighter thumb rest and thumb hook base design produce better response and steady control, and blue steel springs offer a fast, sensitive key response. It has an adjustable Front F key along with a high F# key and an adjustable thumb rest. The adjustable Front F gives the player the freedom to find the optimal level of resistance in the altissimo range.
Extras with the YAS-82ZII
The 82ZII comes in a slim, lightweight case with backpack straps and a shoulder strap, and includes a hard rubber mouthpiece. It also comes with quality ligature and Yamaha care products.
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