Yamaha Serial Numbers

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  1. Bonasa

    Bonasa Pianissimo User

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    Good luck. I tried just that to find out when my YFH-631 flugel left their factory--primarily because I'm curious to know whether or not it has the dreaded "Yamalloy" valves.

    I was told by one of Yamaha's "Product Marketing Specialists" who responded to my email that they only have serial numbers in their database starting with 1990. I was also told that the 631 started production in 1986, so my flugel must have been manufactured between 1986 and 1989. I wrote back and informed him that the flugel that Chuck Mangione is hugging on the cover of his 1977 album "Feels So Good" is, in fact, a YFH-631.

    It's a bit disconcerting that the Yamaha factory doesn't know when its own horns were manufactured. How can they handle spare parts or warranty requests?

    They're a great company otherwise; we have three pro-caliber Yamaha instruments in our home (the aforementioned flugel, plus a Bb Xeno trumpet and an 841 oboe in kingwood) and have been very pleased with their performance and Yamaha's service (the oboe, for example, has 13 pins in its cracked top joint, all of which were installed at no charge within the first five years my daughter owned it, and they have extended the crack warranty to seven years).

    So, does anyone out there know where I might find a definitive list of Yamaha brass serial numbers? For the record, I'm looking for info on a YFH-631 flugel (rose brass bell) with the serial number 006918A. All I know is that the "A" suffix indicates it was manufactured at Yamaha's Grand Rapids, MI, factory.

    Any and all advice or info would be most welcome.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2008
  2. stevek

    stevek New Friend

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    A month or two ago I posted an email to the yamaha.com site asking for the manufacture date of two second hand Yamaha's that I have, a Xeno and YTR-6331. So far I haven't gotten any response.

    So, let me know if there is a better way to find out their age.

    Thanks
     
  3. Bonasa

    Bonasa Pianissimo User

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    Stevek, given the quantity and quality of information they supplied me, maybe its not altogether bad that you're not hearing anything from them.

    I remain hopeful that somebody out there may have compiled the production information that the Yamaha factory apparently does not have. It would be great if there were something like a "Yamaha Loyalist" Web site, comparable to the "loyalist" sites that enthusiasts maintain for Conn or Bach horns.
     
  4. joss

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    I too am curious and would be grateful for any info on my yamaha. I know it' s only a student trumpet, but I really like the sound that I has.

    model ytr1320E

    serial no. 302667

    It's silver plated and i'm interested in dates and where it was made, but also any spesfics (ie size if bell, bore etc) that give it the sound it gets. I'm looking at buying a new horn soon and would like one with similar chararcteristics. Any help would be gratefully received.
     
  5. EL_JMAN

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    I just sent them an email with 8345 serial number and tthey aswered back. They told me it was "produce" in late 2010...
     
  6. lmfmis

    lmfmis Pianissimo User

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    I guess the serial number is stamped way before the plating, and you do not want to limit your plating decisions so early in the manufacturing process?
     
  7. Trumpet Dreamer

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    I sent Yamaha an email with the serial # for my 2335. They responded after a few days and told me my horn was manufactured mid 2006.
     
  8. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

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    Brass Review.com - Yamaha YTR-1320S Here is some infor from Brass Review on the 1320 S, which I would think is the silverplated model?
     
  9. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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  10. jsmiley89

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    Sorry if this is kinda a side topic for this thread, but what exactly is done to the horn during a Malone conversion, and how does it affect the way the horn plays/sounds etc? I'm a proud owner of a new Yamaha and while I'm not considering sending it to the shop, (it plays Great for me!) I'm just curious what's out there :-?
     

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