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About 2 weeks ago I purchased a new YAS-82Z and was suprised by the low serial number (15,xxx). Curious, I asked my friend who'd purchased his Z a good year ago what his serial number was and found that it was in the 37,xxx range.

Anyways my questions are, does my low serial number make my saxophone in any way inferior? Is it true that newer model saxophones with lower serial numbers are ultimately not as good as those with higher serial numbers?
 

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I hear that 2-3 years ago they had defective necks on some so I wonder if your older one could be one of those. The one I just had on trial was not even on the 37k range. I thought it was 25k or something.
 

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patseguin said:
I hear that 2-3 years ago they had defective necks on some so I wonder if your older one could be one of those. The one I just had on trial was not even on the 37k range. I thought it was 25k or something.
Thats interesting, because I last week I popped my neck from my YAS-52 on my Z and my intonation problems seemed to clear up... :?
 

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I played an 82Z this weekend. The serial number was C 09XXX, so was only four digits. Wonder how long its been sitting around? I had no issues with the palm keys, but the middle C# was 10-12c flat compared to D2. Anyone know what "C" in the serial number means? I hadnt seen one with a letter in it before....perhaps just CUSTOM?
 

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the C serial numbers are the newest. On all altos the c# is flat.
lip it or add side c key if you don't want to work.
 

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If there's a C in the front of serial numbers... it means it's made in China!
(haha... just joking...)

I've heard that if there's a C in front of serial numbers it means that the horn was made to be sold only in Japan.
 

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Yamaha serial numbers are not sequential. If you want to nail down the date of a specific horn, send the number to Yamaha's customer service with a "pretty please" request and they'll send you the date.

(Don't be influenced by hearsay and let that influence what you think you are hearing. There never were problems with the alto neck -only the tenor and that was resolved several years ago.)
 

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Thanks Gary

Gary is very right on both issues.

I was told that numbers in exact sequence could be a year or more apart from completion. It seems that the numbers are stamped at the time the body is manufactured and assembly / completion can be that day or next year. The numbers don't mean what they do on Selmers or other vintage saxes that had sweet years and kind of bad years - all on the same model.

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