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Yanagisawa (YANAGISAWA WIND INSTRUMENT INC.), a Japanese manufacturer located in Tokyo was founded in 1893 as manufacture and repair workshop for wind instruments.

In the first decades Yangisawa manufactured and repaired wood wind instruments. In 1954 Yangisawa developed the first tenor saxophone, Yanagisawa T-3. Since this first own production Yanagisawa has been concentrating on wood wind instruments. After building the tenor saxophone, the alto saxophone (1965), the bariton saxophone (1966) and the first soprano saxophones (1968)followed.

In 1972 the rare sopranin model, which is known worldwide as the first sopranin saxophone to have a high-e-clap, was added to the product range. Around 1976 the first Yanagisawa saxophones reached the German market through a Londoner distributor.

Since 1979 Yanagisawa has been building soprano saxophones in the form of alto saxophones. Since 1982 there are Yanagisawa s-bows made of solid silver. With the model series Yanagisawa Elimona 880 (since 1982) Yanagisawa managed to push his way up from the semi-professional to the professional level.

In 1983 a German distibutor took Yanagisawa saxophones into it´s product range and arranged for it´s distibution and popularity. In 1985 Yanagisawa was the first manufacturer worldwide to build a two-piece soprano saxophone with an exchangeable nack. This construction method was later adapted by other larger manufacturers.

In 1991 the first instruments of the current Yanagisawa 900 Series were launched which replaced the models of the upper 800-grade. This series also offered a world opening: The new Yanagisawa Soprano was the first soprano saxophone with a high-g-clap. It´s archetype, the Selmer Paris, follwed two years later with the Yanagisawa Series III-Soprano.

After Yanagisawa had made good experiences with the silver s-bow, the venture of a new project was to begin: A silver-tube model, of which the s-bow and main tube (the straight tube section with the major keyholes) were made of silver. The first "Silverlings" were launched in 1988. Otherwise these nobel instruments with the model numbers 8830, later 8833, were absolutly identical in construction to the 880 models.

Since 1993 the new Yanagisawa Silver Tube Series, which reaches from a bariton to a soprano, is officially described in the Yanagisawa broshure. In 1995 Yanagisawa put more wood on the fire: Since then there has been a sound cup made of solid silver for tenor and alto saxaphones, so that they then also had saxophones with full silver tubes in their product range.

The Yanagisawa saxophones do not fulfill any artistic demands concerning manufacture, intonation and responsiveness. With models ranging from the sopranino to the bariton saxophone these hand-made instruments have a good reputation among musicians.

In all phases of production, experienced craftsmen use technically high-developed tools and machines. The brilliant intonation of these saxophones make Yanagisawa´s instruments popular with beginners and professionals likewise.