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.
One-Piece Bell with New Engraving
In the tradition of those coveted vintage saxophones, the 82Z now comes equipped with a one-piece bell! This feature drastically improves low end response and offers the player a wider palette of tonal color. More elaborate with finer detail, the new engraving design offers delicate beauty.
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 wide bore taper of the V1 neck provides offers a free-blowing feel and the greatest possible flexibility. This combination of features allows the player the ultimate level of tonal expression.
Improved Low B-C# Mechanism
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 hook and thumb rest bases
Lighter thumb rest and thumb hook base designs produce better response and a more cohesive tone.
Adjustable Front F key
An adjustable Front F mechanism gives the player the freedom to find the optimal level of resistance in the altissimo range.
- Level: Custom Z Tenor
- Key of: Bb
- Neck: Custom G1 (handmade)
- Neck Material: French Brass
- Body Material: French Brass
- Bell: French Brass, 2 pc.
- Key Material: Yellow Brass
- Key Buttons: Mother of Pearl
- Finish: Unlaquered (YTS-82ZU); Gold lacquer(YTS-82Z); Silver (YTS-82ZS); Black lacquer(YTS-82ZB)
- Tone Holes: Drawn
- Auxiliary Keys: Front F; High F# key (available without F# key)
- Mouthpiece: Yamaha 4CM
- Mouthpiece Cap: Yellow brass; Gold lacquer, Unlacquered, or Silver plated
- Ligature: Yellow brass; Gold lacquer, Unlacquered, or Silver plated
- Spring Type: Blue Steel Needle
- Pad Type: Waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters
- Bell Decoration: Hand engraved
- Thumb Hook: Adjustable plastic
- Pivot Screw: Bullet tip design with head
- Mounting: Ribbed and flanged