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Hi,
I was just seeing a couple Spyro Gyra videos on YouTube and I realized Jay Beckenstein's YAS-62 has not and entire "J" style keyguard as all 62s of that era have. Videos are relatively old, AFAIK the single key guard covering only low B and Bb keys was introduced in the 90s or even later. Why is that saxophone different? Was that a difference between the USA and Japan assembled Yamahas?

These are the videos I'm talking about:

BTW, Which mouthpiece is he using in this video:

Is he using a 62 in this old video?

Thank you very much in advance.
 

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https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?331506-Have-You-Seen-a-YAS-62II-Like-This-One

The above discussion is related to your question, I think. At the time that post-purple logo Mark I horns were being made for the US market- with the J guard, stainless springs, and real Mother of pearl touches - Yamaha was making what they stamped as the 62II, which had all the same features as the US Mark I except the J guard, and was offered in Asia.
 
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