This intermediate saxophone is designed to make the step up from your student model smooth and enjoyable. \n \nThe YAS/YTS-480 saxophones are a step ahead. With a little bit more resistance, they have an authoritative sound yet a great flexibility due to the separated key guards. \n \nErgonomics, playability and intonation are excellent as you would expect from Yamaha. \n \nBased on the popular YAS/YTS-475 the new YAS/YTS-480 saxophones feature an improved low B-C# connection for better adjustment while the new octave key system (from the 62 Series) facilitates the use of custom necks. \n \nHand engraving \n \nA hand-engraved pattern on the bell adds an extra touch of class. \n \nCompatible with other necks \n \nThe redesigned octave key system gives players the flexibility to choose between the included 62-style neck and those designed for the Custom Z and Custom EX Yamaha saxophones (sold separately). \n \nImproved Low B-C# connection \n \nAn improved mechanism from low B-C# ensures the consistent closing of the low C# key and promotes a clear response from notes in the low range of the instrument. \n \nNeck \n \nThe 62-style neck has been designed for improved tone and response. \n \nKey guard \n \nThe separate key guards feature adjustable screw cap stoppers for professional-style technical adjustments. \n \nLeft-hand seesaw key \n \nThe left-hand seesaw key has been designed to increase playability as well as provide a more comfortable feel.