As a long-selling instrument, the 62 series has built up its own history. The 82Z series is known for giving flight to the player’s impressions. When the time came to update the four models in the YAS alto-sax and YTS tenor-sax lines, Yamaha made a major departure in terms of engraving. The engraving on these instruments is themed on flowers, which are loved around the world. We asked a weaver and dyer who also played the saxophone to create a design. What we got back was a design with motifs of lilies, night-blooming cacti, trumpet vine, and anemone. The engraver cut the pattern into the body, picking motifs while looking at actual examples. After settling on the design, we began an iterative process of engraving and improving, engraving and improving, making minute changes to aspects such as the angles of a flower’s petals or the shape of its stalk. The result features detailed artistry than ever before, with the engraving expressing a sophisticated informality. Each saxophone is engraved by a craftsman in a time-consuming process to produce the engraving. One way of looking at it is that if the design created by the artist is the sheet music, the figuring cut by the engraver is the performance. Even in a single line, the depth of the engraving and the force used to cut the line express the engraver’s skill and artistic sensibility. The engraving becomes the saxophone’s face, combining traditional techniques refined over long years of practice with a contemporary style, the greatest achievement of the saxophone’s visual artistry. Artists and engravers spent one and a half years working together to produce a wholly new design that reflects the interplay of their respective talents. We are delighted with this beautiful engraving and believe it will become the new face of Yamaha saxophones.