Yamaha Debuts the ‘New 62’ YAS-62III and YTS-62III Professional Saxophones

The Yamaha YTS-62III

The Yamaha YAS-62III

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At the 2013 NAMM Show, Yamaha's Band & Orchestral Division will debut the YAS-62III and YTS-62III "New 62" professional saxophones. Ideal for concert band, jazz band & other solo and ensemble settings, these updates to the legendary YAS-62II and YTS-62II professional alto & tenor saxophones feature a newly designed "62" neck for ease of playability and greater control. The new 62's additionally feature a backpack-style case offering contemporary looks and greater ease of transport, as well as a redesigned low B-C# connection, for easy adjustment. Available in lacquered and silver-plated finish options, these models replace the YAS-62II and YTS-62II.

The New 62's are targeted towards school-aged and college saxophonists who play in any solo or ensemble setting. Yamaha anticipates high demand – as the current models (both alto and tenor) have been top sellers for more than three decades.

"The professional Yamaha YAS-62 and YTS-62 model saxophones have been the workhorses of the Yamaha saxophone lineup for over 30 years", said Roger Eaton, Marketing Director, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division. "The durability of construction and quality of sound are legendary. In a cluttered marketplace, the 62 clearly stands out as the best combination of professional features and affordable price."

A favorite among band directors for decades, the 62 model saxophones (and their predecessors, the 61) have redefined the market with superior quality and durability since 1969 (when the YAS-61 debuted) and feature an impressive history. Introduced in 1979, the YAS-62 and YTS-62 saxophones withstood the tests of time and competition and have been in a continual state of improvement since their launch.

The models recently underwent an update in 2003 (YAS-62II and YTS-62II) and are now being revamped again for 2013. The technology, craftsmanship and specifications continue to improve while still remaining affordable for school-aged musicians.

"The neck of the New 62 is specifically designed to appeal to a broader range of saxophonists," says Brian Petterson, Wind Instrument Assistant Marketing Manager.

"The new YAS-62III and YTS-62III models also feature a newly redesigned B-C# connection that allows for more precise key adjustments. Also, a newly designed case provides extra storage in an outside pocket for music and supplies, along with backpack straps and a shoulder strap for maximum portability."

Slated for shipping in March 2013, the YAS-62III carries an MSRP of  $4,344.00. The YTS-62III carries an MSRP of $4,514.00

For more information on the Yamaha YAS-62III and YTS-62III, visit Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division at the 2013 NAMM Show at the Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom; for information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; call (714) 522-9011; or email infostation@yamaha.com; or visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAUSA.