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Hi all
I’ve recently damaged the neck on my 1988 YAS 62 purple logo horn and need to replace it. I’ve always liked the edge and bright sound of this horn for funk/fusion/pop etc and am wondering about the best neck to get. I’m using a Theo Wanne Durga metal 10 mouthpiece with size 3.5 Fibracell reeds. I tend to play dark and need a bright setup to compensate. Intonation on this horn isn’t bad but it can tend to be a tad sharp from around high C and up if I’m not careful.

I can get a G1 for a pretty decent price but have also seen some great reviews of the V1. I also see that Yamaha has the E1 and C1 models.

I don’t want a warmer sound than the original neck and don’t play much trad jazz. I want a focused tone with great intonation and easy altissimo. My main issue is that I live in Australia and there are no stores in my area (Gold Coast, QLD) - let alone state - that has Yamaha alto necks to trial. Even in Sydney and Melbourne, I’d be extremely hard-pressed to find anyone with multiple necks to trial, and so I’m basically going to have to go by the recommendations of you guys.

I don’t mind spending extra on silver etc but my primary consideration is tone and intonation. I’ve had the horn since 1989 and am gutted that I have to get a new neck but I’m getting what I need and not worrying overly much about the $$.

Does anyone have recommendations?

Cheers
Gary
 

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I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and believe that the C1 is the most like the original Purple Logo 62 neck. It has the narrowest note of the current Yamaha necks (C1, E1 and V1) and as such, should have the most focused sound of the three, which is exactly what I’m after.

All I need to do now is to decide on material i.e. brass or sterling silver. I think the silver-plated model (C1S) would be perfect (i.e. the focus of brass with a little brightness from the silver plate) but I’m finding it nearly impossible to track one down.
 

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Just a quick follow-up to this thread: I tried a couple of different V1 necks the other day (2 x brass with lacquer and 1 in black) and there really wasn't much difference compared to my original neck. Interestingly, the 2 x brass lacquer necks were quite different and I liked one but not the other. All of the necks needed more air pressure to get the same projection and focus as my original neck. The other difference is that the V1 had slightly more resistance in the lower register (i.e. G1 and lower). Something else that really surprised me is that the octave mechanism on the body of my horn wasn't able to reach the V1 octave mechanism ring i.e. my horn would have needed a longer octave post if I'd opted to get the V1...which would have been incredibly annoying.

I preferred the focus and intonation of my original neck and luckily, my tech was able to adequately repair that neck in order that I can continue using it.
 

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I really should update this thread.

My 62 Purple Logo was written off by a drunken punter last Sept. I ended up getting a WO1 Yani with a non-standard Yani neck (can’t remember which model)
 

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Regarding the value of a purple logo YAS-62 neck I recently found one at PM Woodwind for $175
What condition was it in? That's a great price.
 
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