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Simon has played Yamaha instruments for over 15 years and been an official Yamaha endorsee for just as long. In his own words...

Despite many people trying to persuade me otherwise, the 875 model instruments are, I believe, the best available for a whole host of reasons including:

  Intonation    
The intonation is as spot on as you'll get from a saxophone. My job is made so much easier if I don't have to adjust my lip for every note I play just to sound in tune!

  Key Positioning    
The 875s simply fit my hands and generally require the player to move less to achieve more fluidity. A prime example of this is the fork F key - Yamaha saxes are the only brand where you simply roll your left-hand index finger rather than lift it!

  Balance and Playing Position    
Sling it up and feel the weight drop off! - it just feels right.

  Ease of Playing    
Unlike many other ‘classic’ saxophones, the 875s make my job easy. Everything works at is supposed to leaving the player to concentrate on playing!

  Artist Support    
The Yamaha Ateliers are a great way for artists to give feedback and help with development, have their instruments tweaked or customised (for example, I use prototype metal thumb rests designed on my request by woodwind guru Steven Adcock) and keep in touch with the latest developments and prototypes.”


Instruments

Yamaha YSS875Soprano Saxophone
Yamaha YSS875
• (1994 Model - Gold Lacquer)
• Yamaha M1 Curved Crook
• Yamaha Custom Silver Thumb Rest
• Yamaha Custom 4C Mouthpiece 
• (Yes really - the one that came with the instrument!)
• FL Brass Ligature
• Vandoren Jazz Reeds (3.5)






Yamaha YAS875-EXGAlto Saxophone
• Yamaha YAS875EX-G
• (2010 Model - Gold Plate)
• Yamaha G1 Crook (Gold Plate)
• Yamaha Custom Brass Thumb Rest
• Meyer 7M Mouthpiece or Dave Guardala Superking 
• (Depends on his mood and the type of gig!)
• Vandoren Optimum, Gold Plate (Meyer) and BG Revalation 
• (Guardala) Ligatures
• Vandoren Jazz Reeds (3)






                Yamaha YTS875EXSTenor Saxophone
                • Yamaha YTS875EX-S
                • (2008 Model - Silver Plate)
                • Yamaha G1 Crook (Silver Plate)
                • Yamaha Custom Brass Thumb Rest
                • Dave Guardala Superking
                • BG or Winslow Ligatures
                • Vandoren Jazz Reeds (3)







                Yamaha Clarinet
                Bb Clarinet
                • Yamaha SE (Pre-Custom Model)
                • Yamaha Custom SE Bell
                • Mouthpiece custom made by Anton Weinberg
                • BG Super Revelation Ligature
                • Vandoren 56 / V12 Reeds (3)









                Buffet Bass Clarinet
                Bass Clarinet
                • Buffet (Low Eb)
                • Yamaha Mouthpiece
                • BG Super Revelation Ligature
                • Vandoren Blue Reeds (3)










                Eb ClarinetEb Clarinet
                • Hammerschmidt Klingson
                • Custom Mouthpiece (Unstamped)
                • BG Super Revelation Ligature
                • Vandoren Reeds (2.5)










                Yamaha Flute
                Flute
                • Yamaha YFL 614













                Yamaha Alto Flute
                Alto Flute
                • Yamaha YFL A421E













                Yamaha Piccolo
                Piccolo
                • Yamaha YPC 32



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