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There are three basic rules to follow when looking at the rest of the Yamaha model number:
1) The First Number is the Most Important – the higher the first number, the higher the grade of the instrument. Generally professional models start with 6, 7, 8 or 9 (or even a letter like CSV), intermediate models will start with 4 or 5 and student instruments start with 2 or 3. There are of course exceptions, but the higher the first number, the higher the grade.
2) Every Number Means Something (usually). The interior numbers will reference things like bore sizes, key styles, scale design, pitch center and construction differences.
3) The Letters Tell You a Lot – like whether the instrument is silver plated, or what type of bell material is used. Certain options will also be listed with a suffix letter. One of the most interesting ones is for flutes, whether or not the instrument has a “B-footjoint”. We use the letter “H” for that one.
So next time you spot that crazy Yamaha saxophone on eBay – you can probably figure out what it is a bit easier. As for serial numbers, alas, there is no such published list of Yamaha serial numbers. But we’re happy to look them up for you assuming the instrument was originally sold in the United States. Just drop us a note to bandandorchestra[at]yamaha[dot]com.