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It doesn’t...How does a T5 from 1966-1975 or a T500 from 1975-1985 end up with a serial number from 1992?
It is a T 500 ( not a T5, different era and different horn ! ) , it was built contemporarily to the T800 series (hence the serial number confusion) the T 500, a good sax, was built with a number of money saving things , the Stainless Steel springs, often but not always, the Low Bb spatula is made of a brass painted plastic and the ribless construction. It is worth less than a T800 But it is a good horn. Because of the misidentification often people ask crazy prices for this model.
We regularly encounter it here BECAUSE of the serial number (but no model on the body) people come to ask.
The 500 series was Yanagisawa’s attempt to produce a beginner/intermediate horn. These were only available in alto and tenor. The series was introduced in the mid to late 1970’s and continued into the mid 1980’s. The typical way of identifying one of these is to look for the stainless steel springs used on the horn rather than the blued springs used on the higher end models of this time period...."
If one runs a search there are tons of threads on the T500