Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax


The Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax is a beautiful little saxophone that delivers a breathtaking clarity in the upper registers.
Low Bb to High E, Brass body, bell & keys, Lacquer finish.


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Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax

The Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax is a beautiful little saxophone that delivers a breathtaking clarity in the upper registers. Referred to as an SN901 in Japan, this sopranino has the build quality and feature set of the regular 901 series models. A genuine pleasure to play and hear, the Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax uses its brass body to deliver a clear and crisp tone.

Key: Eb
Range: Low Bb to High E
Body: Brass
Bell: Brass
Keys: Brass
Finish: Lacquered
Neck: Brass
Neck Type: One Piece Instrument
Case: Leatherette Covered, Woodshell


Key decoration

White Shell LiningYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxA player’s fingers will rest comfortably in the indented white shell keys. The white shell also enhances the beauty of the instrument while also preventing the player’s fingers from slipping during technical passages.

Key work mounting

Body MountedYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxThe standard design for most regular saxes, the keys of the Yanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax are mounted directly to the saxophone body.


Ebonite MouthpiecesYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxEbonite mouthpieces are favoured for their warm tone and ability to fit into an ensemble seamlessly. However, as players discover their own voice, switching to another style of mouthpiece can open up a whole world of new tonal possibilities. Metal mouthpieces are often favoured by Jazz players or soloists who need to stand out from the crowd.

Octave system

Fluororesin Non-Stick MechanismYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxAs standard octave key mechanisms can get sticky over time, Yanagisawa’s flouroresin, non-stick coating ensures a reliable action with no stickiness.

Pad reflector

Plastic ReflectorsYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxPlastic reflectors fitted to the underside of the pads help the sound to project appropriately.

Pad type

Air Tight Waterproof PadYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxYanagisawa’s superb waterproof pad is totally air tight which allows complete confidence in the instrument’s tonal integrity, plus the waterproof material offers a greatly extended pad life.

Pivot screws

Pointed Pivot ScrewsYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxSpecial pointed pivot screws are used in all centre arms on theYanagisawa 981 Sopranino Sax. These screws precisely maintain the stability of the centre arms, and help achieve a very high precision action.

Right pinky key

Yanagisawa Standard

Right side key

Yanagisawa Standard

Spring type

Blue Steel SpringsYanagisawa 981 Sopranino SaxBlue Steel Spring are better than stainless steel – as used on most other saxes – as they hold tension more effectively, and therefore enhance the key action.

“I started realizing that music is the one area where I’ve always let go. When that saxophone goes into my mouth, I get into a space where I never think about the notes I’ve already played or anticipate the notes ahead.” – Kenny G

“If you like an instrument that sings, play the saxophone. At its best it’s like the human voice.” – Stan Getz

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”  Plato

Additional information

Weight5 kg


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