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Well the description in the ebay ad you linked says "newly designed" etc. I have an original purple logo from the first year they came out if this picture is any help to you. It is red around the crossed tuning forks logo:
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I also have early purple logo alto, I'm just wondering if this neck on eBay is genuine stuff and does it really improves on original one. I did try custom necks, G1, V1 on my alto and was not satisfied with the results.
 

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I also have early purple logo alto, I'm just wondering if this neck on eBay is genuine stuff and does it really improves on original one. I did try custom necks, G1, V1 on my alto and was not satisfied with the results.
Hmm, it's unclear what this is. Here are the current necks that Yamaha sells in the US:

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/winds/saxophones/alto_saxophone_neck/index.html

I have a Purple label YAS62 and 2 extra Yamaha necks - an unlacquered G1 and a silver-plated V1.

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The G1 and the V1 both have gold Yamaha logo "disc" with no paint on them, so it's unlikely one of those. The new YAS62 III photos also have this gold logo disc, so it's not a "62-style hydroformed neck"...

I picked up these aftermarket necks in the past 5 years - I wish I had gotten them long ago - I'd probably be more of an alto player and Yamaha fan. :)

The G1 and V1 to me have a lot of the same strengths and overall sound. (I haven't used the UL G1 too much in recent years - I don't play that often and when I do I generally reach for the V1)

My take:
* altissimo on the G1/V1 play easier for me and I'm able to maintain the notes. I struggled with altissimo in college with the stock neck (I had no problems on my Mark VI tenor, tho!).
* there's a world of difference from the perspective of the player. Maybe these necks give me the feedback I'm looking for - it sounds better to "me". Oddly, in recordings, the sound is pretty similar - perhaps the only difference is that you can sense I'm enjoying myself a little more, perhaps a little more "pep" to my playing with the V1 than the stock.

I would say that I had my YAS62 for about 3 years before I got the MK VI tenor, and while it played smooth, quick response, my Mark VI always felt more satisfying to me, that is until I got the G1/V1.

I got my UL from PM Woodwind. They have a lot of used necks at any given time. I snagged my V1 off eBay.
 

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If you are looking for a neck for your alto I would suggest you buy the one you linked to. I purchased the same model, only it's a silver plate. My horn (YAS-62II) sounds great with it! I put the G-1 neck in the drawer and my Cannonball alto in the closet and now the Yamaha is back to being my main alto. The vendor selling these is legit, answered all my questions and guaranteed me I could return it if I didn't like it. He said it's an intermediate aftermarket neck. Which to me means it's an upgrade for a YAS-480/75. IMO it is a re-issue of the original 62 design. Anyway, my horn plays with more clarity and better in tune than ever before.
 

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Since I own one I can tell you I can tell you, it's the real deal. And it doesn't make my horn play OK, it make's it play exceptional.
I'm sure the neck plays fine but that does not mean it's a genuine Yamaha made neck. I cannot find those specific necks anywhere online from any authorized Yamaha dealer which would lead me to believe it is not made my Yamaha. In the description the seller claims he orders these necks from Yamaha in Los Angeles but it's an aftermarket neck. I would email Yamaha directly and inquire.
 

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Since I own one I can tell you I can tell you, it's the real deal. And it doesn't make my horn play OK, it make's it play exceptional.
They may play great. Lots of folks are buying those Eastern Music necks and are very happy with them. However, there's no other listing of these designs from an actual authorized Yamaha dealer, they don't appear on the Yamaha website, if you look at the 50 or so necks they have listed on ebay some of them have the model type laser engraved and don't have the correct badging, etc..

I think what's also beginning to happen in addition to the counterfeits becoming better they are starting to become mixed in alongside the real product especially in cases where retailers are not skilled enough to know the difference. For example, if you read some of the reviews from folks who have bought YAS-62s from Amazon here; https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YAS-6...00H0VYZUI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
you will see a few of them found out later from repair shops that the horns were counterfeit.
 

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I have multiple Yamaha necks (M1, C1, F1, E1, etc...), and I also bought a tenor version of these purple logo era necks; fake or not, the quality is Yamaha.
 

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They may play great. Lots of folks are buying those Eastern Music necks and are very happy with them. However, there's no other listing of these designs from an actual authorized Yamaha dealer, they don't appear on the Yamaha website, if you look at the 50 or so necks they have listed on ebay some of them have the model type laser engraved and don't have the correct badging, etc..

I think what's also beginning to happen in addition to the counterfeits becoming better they are starting to become mixed in alongside the real product especially in cases where retailers are not skilled enough to know the difference. For example, if you read some of the reviews from folks who have bought YAS-62s from Amazon here; https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YAS-6...00H0VYZUI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
you will see a few of them found out later from repair shops that the horns were counterfeit.
Of course when you buy anything on the internet you take a chance. I called Yamaha after I purchased this neck and was told that these necks (intermediate model) are not stamped and are the original 62 design. I scrutinized this neck after purchase and if it is fake it's the best fake I've ever seen, as the quality is exceptional. And as I said before, my horn sounds so good now I retired my other alto.
 

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It would be nice to have some of Yamaha representatives with clarification here, but I think it is beyond expectation...
 

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Most companies are interested to know if there are counterfeit products using their name and often are aware and may or may not choose to try to do something about it. I bet Yamaha would answer your question if you contacted them via email. The most anyone here can do is speculate...you know, since the guy who actually owns one, likes it, and says he contacted Yamaha isn’t being taken vey seriously.
 

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Most companies are interested to know if there are counterfeit products using their name and often are aware and may or may not choose to try to do something about it. I bet Yamaha would answer your question if you contacted them via email. The most anyone here can do is speculate...you know, since the guy who actually owns one, likes it, and says he contacted Yamaha isn’t being taken vey seriously.
Well, that is the truth. I did contact Yamaha and the person (from the band instrument dept.) was not extremely knowledgeable when it came to saxophone necks, but she did confirm that the intermediate necks were not stamped with any number. And from what I can tell from the picture on their website (horn is on an angle) the tuning fork insignia has a black background. Specs indicate that the neck is of the original 62 design.

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/winds/saxophones/yas-480/specs.html#product-tabs
 

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the neck arrived, it looks identically as my original 1980 purple logo, but needs pip, octave rod extension on the horn to fit my YTS -62 and YTS-61 ...
it plays and feels better than original in all directions, great altissimo and better intonation
now I am curious how this one compares to Custom C1 neck ?
 

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the neck arrived, it looks identically as my original 1980 purple logo, but needs pip extension to fit my YTS -62 and YTS-61 ...
I think you may be misusing the term "pip" unless I'm misunderstanding what you're saying. The "pip" is the actual vent tube underneath the small pad that lifts to open the vent. I think you are talking about the extension to the arm on the body of the sax that lifts the octave mechanism on the neck?
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