Yanagisawa Scwo10 Elite Professional Curved Soprano Saxophone - Lacquer

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SCWO10
Thumb hook
Metal
Key buttons
Mother-of-pearl
Bell decoration
Engraved
Neck type
Curved
Auxillary keys
High F#
Thumb rest
Metal
Springs
Blue Steel
Case/gig bag
Included
Finish
Clear Lacquer
Additional features
Fluororesin-sleeved Octave Rocker, Tri-point Bell-bow Brace, Pointed Pivot Screws
Level
Professional
Pads
Sealed, Waterproof
Mouthpiece
Ebonite
Key
Bb
Body
Curved
Neck Material
Yellow Brass
Body material
Yellow Brass
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Yanagisawa’s Exquisite SCWO10 Curved Soprano Sax

Perhaps the most exotic member of the saxophone family is the curved soprano. The sleekly elegant, curvacious lines of the Yanagisawa SCWO10 Elite professional curved soprano saxophone captivate the eye, but you’ll really be won over once you play it. Although all saxophones offer identical fingering, the straight soprano’s form factor dictates a different approach to holding it as you play. Some manufacturers offer curved soprano necks to position the horn at a lower angle for increased comfort. But with their SCWO10 Elite professional curved soprano, Yanagisawa has created a masterpiece of form, function, and sound. Handcrafted from premium brass and designed for increased power, sensitivity, and tonal versatility, the SCWO10 Elite curved soprano offers saxophonists an unparalleled playing experience. As with all Yanagisawa saxophones, exceptional build quality is baked in, with precision keywork, excellent responsiveness, and superior intonation. This fastidious attention to detail produces an exquisite instrument that faithfully conveys every nuance of expression in your performances.

Related Videos: SCWO10 Elite Professional Curved Soprano Saxophone - LacquerErgonomic and sonic perfection

Taking up the soprano saxophone presents somewhat of an ergonomic challenge to even the most experienced alto or tenor players. Enter the curved soprano. The Yanagisawa SCWO10 Elite curved soprano represents the apotheosis of modern soprano sax design. In your hands, you will find the SCWO10 feels comfortable and familiar; if, albeit, a tad smaller and lighter in weight than what you’re used to. Whether you’re finessing an adagio line or firing off a flurry of notes, you’ll appreciate the fluid, synergistic response of this superb saxophone as your fingertips savor the luxurious feel of its elegant genuine mother-of-pearl key touches. Sonically, you’ll be rewarded with a sweet, warm, tone and strong projection, making this horn ideal for classical, jazz, and other genres.

Well-designed mechanisms working together harmoniously

With a complex instrument like a saxophone, many mechanisms have to work together harmoniously to deliver superior tone, ergonomics, and versatility. To that end, the SCWO10 incorporates exclusive Yanagisawa innovations such as a Fluororesin-sleeved octave rocker, which eliminates extraneous motion with rounded rocker ends and a Fluororesin coating on the receiving sleeves they contact. This high-tech, non-stick coating delivers reliable action without the excessive stickiness buildup over time that plagues standard octave key mechanisms. As soon as your fingers alight on the keys, another thing you’ll notice is the innovative seesaw linkage between the C# and Bb table keys, which enables faster, smoother fingering technique; while an additional proprietary slider mechanism further facilitates fluid finger transitions between these notes.

Enhanced performance, precision, and reliability

Even under the hood, the SCWO10 is packed with Yanagisawa innovations that enhance performance and long-term durability. A hidden advantage of the SCWO10 is its pointed pivot screws, which increase precision and reliability by ensuring an accurate fit for the center arms and hinge rods. The SCWO10’s sealed, waterproof pads provide a leak-free, airtight fit while facilitating balanced action and extended service life. For faster action and better control over challenging passages, Yanagisawa uses blued-steel needle springs — the professional standard for durable, perfectly tensioned keywork. This punctilious attention to detail results in a masterful instrument that will go the distance in your career and advance your ongoing development as an artist.

A design as beautiful as it is masterful

Aside from its delicately hand-engraved bell, other readily apparent high-end features of the Yanagisawa SCWO10 include its key touches, which are concavely shaped for a more natural finger fit. They’re surfaced with genuine mother-of-pearl, which not only looks amazing; it wicks away moisture more effectively than commonly used plastic — something you’ll definitely appreciate toward the end of a long set under hot stage lights. Also evident is Yanagisawa’s exclusive tri-point bell-bow brace, which improves structural stability while enriching resonance, even when you’re playing fortissimo. More utilitarian, but nevertheless performance critical, are the metal thumb hook and the brass thumb rest, which are designed to make minimal point contact with the body to enhance resonance while allowing for smoother response and optimized tonal balance.

Handcrafted in Japan

Based in Tokyo, the Yanagisawa Wind Instrument Company is a boutique shop specializing in one product: handmade professional saxophones. Combining old-world craftsmanship with cutting-edge design and performance features, Yanagisawa instruments are among the highest-quality professional saxophones available today, and Sweetwater is proud to offer you their distinguished line of fine musical instruments. If you’re a saxophonist looking to upgrade to a world-class professional instrument, you can feel confident in your step up to Yanagisawa quality.

Yanagisawa SCWO10 Elite Professional Curved Soprano Saxophone Features:
  • Brass neck, body, bow, and bell
  • Ergonomically optimized keywork
  • High-F# key
  • Metal thumb hook and brass thumb rest
  • Fluororesin-sleeved octave rocker
  • Seesaw C#–Bb table key linkage
  • Blued-steel needle springs
  • Pointed pivot screws
  • Sealed, waterproof pads
  • Genuine mother-of-pearl key touches
  • Tri-point bell-bow brace
  • Elegant hand engraving
  • Ebonite mouthpiece, ligature, strap, cork grease, microfiber cloth, and case included
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