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Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Alto Saxophone

Inspired by Yamaha's professional horns, this sax is perfect as an affordable option for students ready to take that next step and raise their musical potential!


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MSRP: Old Price $3,602.00 Discounted Price $2,575.99 Save : $1,026.01 (28%)
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MSRP: Old Price $3,602.00 Discounted Price $2,575.99 Save : $1,026.01 (28%)
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Yamaha's newest step-up model features highly accurate intonation, a warm tone and a quick response. It is lightweight yet durable, and comes with a professional-quality 62-style neck for a more mature quality of sound- perfect for advancing students looking to step up their game!

This sax's features include:

  • A redesigned octave key compatible with its improved 62-style neck, and even with those designed for Yamaha's top of the line Custom Z and Custom EX model Saxophones (sold separately).
  • 62-style neck improves air flow, response, and tone while playing
  • A separate key guard that features adjustable screw cap stoppers for ease of technician access
  • A Left-hand seesaw key designed to increase playability as well as provide a more comfortable feel for the player
  • Improved Low B-C# connection ensuring proper sealing of the keys and a better sound and response in the low range of the instrument

This instrument also has a Front F and high F# key, advanced features which offer improvements in intonation and more options for alternate fingering.  It includes a case and Yamaha 4C mouthpiece.

Are you ready to upgrade and take your playing to the next level?  Order one today with fast, free shipping from Sam Ash Direct, with the lowest price, guaranteed!

A semi-pro horn that competes on the level of pro horns


If you're in the market for a new saxophone but don't have a professional saxophone budget, then this is the horn for you. This is the best saxophone you could buy for the price tag. This saxophone might as well be considered a professional horn. I bought the YAS-480 after taking an 8 year hiatus from playing the saxophone. Prior to that I had 10 years worth of playing experience. I tested out the YAS-62III and I liked it as well, but the YAS-480 gave me a bit of a darker tone and responded just as well as the YAS-62III. Everything that can be done on a YAS-62III can just as easily be done on a YAS-480. I really like the fact that the YAS-480 comes with a 62 style neck which helps with the responsiveness of the horn. The horn is built very sturdy and there is no jiggle room on the keys or rods. The pads are sealed really well on the horn. Although my horn was made in China (I do believe they make some in Indonesia as well), there was no difference in the attention to detail, quality, and quality assurance provided in the horns previously made in Japan. If you take the proper steps to take care of this horn, this could be a saxophone that lasts generations.



I will buy again


Great product and professional sales person.


New York


Very happy with the purchase


Overall great experience with purchase, everything was as expected

Miss Pickle



Well Worth the Price!


The YAS-480 is one of the best playing "intermediate" level saxophones I've played. It plays very similar to it's professional level counterpart, the YAS-62III, but without the larger price tag. It has a great even tone that comes out with ease. Very sturdy horn that's great for many different uses. I've mainly played classical with it, but it's great for Jazz as well. This is a real, hands on product review from Sean at Sam Ash Indianapolis.


Indianapolis, IN


Yamaha YAS-480 Intermediate Alto Saxophone

5.0 4


Case/Bag Included Yes
Model YAS-480
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for five years and labor for five years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.