Came across this interesting Yanagisawa / Leblanc prototype saxophone from the eighties, currently up for sale on ebay by the Bristol based woodwindworkshop
Described as (quote) “…no RH palm keys, only one LH palm key, two LH pinkie keys, and (as on most other saxes), two RH pinkie keys… “ For loads more pictures of the Yani, click here.
Looks a bit like a re-incarnation of the Martin Home Model, and even more like the Buescher Academy – also with it’s rear-facing bell vent. The Martin ‘Home’ and Buescher ‘Academy’ were two minimally keyed saxophones from the thirties, which were meant to make learning the sax easier by having less confusing keywork – but failed to impress… Guess they tried again in the 80’s ?
Click here for more lovely pictures of the Buescher Academy, courtesy of marktplaza.nl.