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Hmm....Which is correct?

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Yamaha USA says this:

This product is discontinued and may not be available at all dealer locations.

Model: YSS-62
Years: 1979-1991
Key: Bb
Auxiliary Keys: High F#
Engraving: Yes
Finish: Gold Lacquer
Keys: Gold Lacquer
Finger Buttons: Pearl
Current Model: YSS-475

And the Yamaha catalogue I have says that the YSS-475, which I own, is an intermediate horn.

But, I played a 62 sop yesterday, and it is far better than my 475 - in every sense of the word. Based on the different features (the 62 has single unit base, blue steel springs, engravings, more refined craftmanship, etc.), I think that the 62 is a pro horn, like a lot of posts on the Internet say.

So, is the 62 a pro or intermediate?
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A while back, the 62-series WAS Yamaha's top-o'-the-line model. Then, they came out with the Custom line and that relegated the 62 to second-line.

I can't speak to what qualities they downgraded, if at all, on the 62-series AFTER they introduced the Custom. Maybe they left the 62 alone and improved production qualities on the Customs.

I recall one local dealer at that time urging me to consider an upgrade fropm my 62 silver sop to a Custom because the new Custom had a solid tube whereas the 62 had a soldered tube. Could be. I didn't upgrade; rather I bought a different brand. DAVE
SaxyAcoustician: So, are you asserting that the salesperson who told me that was incorrect? I don't know - I am not a fan of Yamahas and do not follow the details. Actually, the guy who told me that is a reputable salesperson at a store where I STILL trade. By the way, he didn't press me on it, he was merely telling me about what he believed to be upgraded production techniques.

I understand marketing and usually abhor those stragtegies, but seems to me that if a company brings out a "new" product while keeping the older product in the line-up, AND charges more for the new model, there must be SOMETHING new-and-improved about it. Am I gullible? Far from it - I just don't know about this. DAVE
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