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If you are a US customer you can contact Yamaha US with your instruments model number AND serial number.If they can, they will reply with an email stating the manufacture date or at least the supply to retailer date.Here are a few things to bear in mind: When advertising an instrument for sale, you will often see the serial number referred to as 36xxxx.It is rumoured that there is a scam, by which somebody who acquires your serial number can then claim the instrument is theirs.Unfortunately this does not hold true for the older Yamaha wind instruments.It seems that, by Yamahas own admission, their records from prior to 1982 are very limited....

There are quite a few saxophone serial number charts on the internet, these ones have mostly been adapted from existing manufacturers’ and saxophone enthusiasts’ charts.In most cases the reason is for the one stated above, but it is always worth checking when buying an instrument.Ask the seller privately for the number and do a search for that instrument.Grand Rapids Band Instrument Company instruments, although made on the same York manufacturing lines by the same craftsmen(8), apparently had their own set of serial numberings(7).

This guide, then, confines itself to York instruments made in the Grand Rapids factory.

This is further compounded by the existence several companies that have used the name "York" since then, including Boosey and Hawkes, the American company Brook Mays and the current manufacturer Schreiber & Keilwerth in Markneukirchen, Germany.