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Hey Guys

I am trying to sell our classic Yamaha YAS 62. We bought it from a saxophone pro, Andrew White about 4 years ago. I am trying to figure out anything and everything about the classic instrument so that I get a better idea of what exactly I am trying to sell.

I am going to try to upload a picture of the serial number/model name.

If anyone could answer these questions, I would greatly appreciate it.

1. When did Yamaha start manufacturing the YAS62- II?
2. Do all classic YAS 62 feature the red "Yamaha Japan" logo on the bell?
3. Why buy the classic over the newer model?
4. Is the logo engraved or silkscreened?

I would appreciate any help! Thx!!


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1. When did Yamaha start manufacturing the YAS62- II? > after 2000
2. Do all classic YAS 62 feature the red "Yamaha Japan" logo on the bell? > NO
3. Why buy the classic over the newer model? Classic or just old, your call
4. Is the logo engraved or silkscreened? > the one in the picture is silkscreened.

More interesting is the fact that Yamaha started the YAS62 production in (correct me if you know better) 1977. So that could be a thirty year old sax - when was its last major overhaul?
 

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Also,

1) Sometime during the YAS-62 production (my guess is early to mid 90s) Yamaha modified the left-hand pinky table keys to accommodate a C#-Bb bridge.

2) I believe the above-mentioned modification coincides with when Yamaha went from silk-screening the logo to engraving.

The only reason I can think of to go with the classic YAS-62 is the neck. The neck is vastly different in design from the G1 neck that accompanies the YAS-62II (and all of Yamaha's professional altos currently). The original neck plays better (as it should since it was the neck that was designed for the 62 horn originally).

Also, there is more elaborate engraving on the classic 62.

The 62II has a new neck receiver, a "more aesthetic" bell key guard, and non-mother-of-pearl key buttons, none of which contribute or detract from what's most important: the horn's sound.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the help guys. Sounds like whoever buys this saxophone is really getting a great instrument and truly a piece of musical history.
 

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Larry1980 said:
I have a question, I will problably buy a yas-62 but not 62II but older version. My qestion is, if I will change old M1 neck to G1 neck will I get a yas-62II sound from it??

IMO the silkscreened 62's are a better sounding horn. You never know what a different neck or mouthpiece will really do until you try it. I would guess a G1 on a older 62 would maybe be a bit louder, a bit less resistence maybe? Unless the horn has a problem I would play the original neck. The only reason I bought a barone neck for my tenor was because original neck was shot.
 

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I just picked up a mint "classic" YTS62 that is the model without the silkscreening but before the 62II model. Serial number is 0406xx.... all that for a great price of $1500.
 

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saxforsale said:
Thanks for the help guys. Sounds like whoever buys this saxophone is really getting a great instrument and truly a piece of musical history.
Just like every sax ever built.

BTW, I've never heard of the "Classic" model before. Is there such a model, or is this a euphemism for "older"?
 

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jsut older...there have been several slight changes over the years, so there could really be as many "eras" of 62's as there have been changes. The 62II was a part of the last major overhaul of the yamaha sax lineup.

I personally prefer a non-mark II yas-62, because i feel like more effort is going into the ex and z lines now, instead of the now entry-level pro 62. For a long time, the 62 was the top end yamaha sax, before the 875 custom was introduced.
 

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Smooth Sop Berator said:
Just like every sax ever built.

BTW, I've never heard of the "Classic" model before. Is there such a model, or is this a euphemism for "older"?
No he meant classic as in some people find the silkscreened YAS62 to be a cooler then the engraved YAS62. I bought mine new in 1987 so I know at that time they were still silkscreened.
 
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