Item #0171728 Model #YTS-480SY

Yamaha YTS-480 Intermediate Bb Tenor Saxophone Tenor Saxophone Silver


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Beautifully made, redesigned intermediate tenor.

The Yamaha YTS-480 Intermediate Bb Tenor Saxophone offers outstanding quality, performance, and value for advancing musicians. Optimized for smooth playability and a rich, expressive sound, the YTS-480 provides many of the same premium features found on Yamaha's professional models. Music educators and students alike will appreciate its durable, rock-solid construction and impressive intonation. If you're ready to take your playing to the next level, the YTS-480 is an excellent choice.

The YTS-480 comes with Yamaha's 62 design neck, which provides faster response, greater control, and improved tone. The neck's slightly narrow shape gives many players a comfortable, familiar feel while facilitating proper airflow and embouchure development—both essential for a strong, centered sound.

The YTS-480 has a lightweight, open feel for quicker response, less initial resistance, and a resonant, singing tone. Many professional saxophonists attribute their success to the crucial time spent developing on an intermediate Yamaha model like the YTS-480. Its accessible yet high-quality design provides an ideal platform for aspiring musicians to grow into their own unique sound.

Like Yamaha's professional models, the YTS-480 includes premium features for enhanced playability and control. These include a high F# key, adjustable thumb hook, and improved low Bb to C# connection mechanism for smooth transitions between notes. A front F key provides alternative fingering options, while a redesigned, balanced left-hand table key offers comfortable, ergonomic hand position and response.

An exceptional blend of quality, value, and performance, the Yamaha YTS-480 intermediate Bb tenor saxophone is a solid investment for advancing musicians. Meticulously crafted by Yamaha's skilled artisans, it provides a smooth transition from your student model while introducing features that help cultivate your unique artistic voice.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Key: Bb
  • Auxiliary Keys: High F#, Front F
  • Body
    • Body Material: Yellow brass
    • Bell: Two-piece yellow brass
    • Bell Decoration: Stamped
    • Finish: Gold-lacquer
    • Tone holes: Drawn
    • Thumb Hook: Adjustable
    • Neck: Annealed 62 style
    • Neck Material: Yellow brass
    • Mouthpiece: TS-4C
    • Mouthpiece Cap: Plastic
    • Ligature: Yellow brass; Clear lacquer
    • Spring Type: Stainless steel
    Keys & Pads
    • Key buttons: Polyester
    • Pad Type: Waterproof leather and wool felt with plastic tone boosters
    • Mounting: Post on body
    • Pivot Screw: Straight-tapered with head, nylon lock (adjustable)


    • Warm tone
    • Quick response
    • Hand engraving
    • Compatible with other necks
    • New key guard
    • Left-hand seesaw key
    • Improved Low B-C# connection