I am certain that they have horns available for sale. I think the reason I found it curios is I live next to Elkhart, Indiana, and remember when saxes were actually being made there. When you made a purchase, that horn had been produced just a few months prior. It is not really a negative, more of an observation. It certainly does not affect the quality of the horns. And it is impressive to find a CEO answering phones from outside lines!I ordered a Vintage Reborn alto through a local music store and had it in less than a week. He phoned Cannonball and they had it in stock and was shipped the next day.
A rep finally emailed me with the information about my horn. She indicated that my Roadster engraving was the current image for their limited edition VR tenors.
saxocles, I think your run-down of the production flow is a good assumption. Saxophones are not tomatoes; they are not going to spoil if they are not fresh! LOL