Yamaha Saxophone Serial Number List

  • Do not confuse the model number with the serial number. A model number is typically shorter and may have a word in it. Serial numbers are typically longer and are comprised mostly of numbers. For example, a famous saxophone model number is MarkVI, while the serial number could look like 103000.
  • I will shortly set up a Serial Number Database for the Yamaha Saxophone also. I'm an instrument nerd so am more than happy to do it just for fun or interest sake. If this list has any errors, typing mistakes, omissions or a new model is released feel free to contact me and I will endeavor to add or correct those details.

However, there is an extant serial number chart for the Vito 7131RK, which is the Vito-stenciled Yamaha YAS-25. This chart can give you some information. Further, you could look at the Yamaha Parts List, as that does have some serial number ranges listed.

BUESCHER
Serial#Year
50001905
112501910
251031915
612551920
1752751925
2552501930
2690001935
2910001940
3030001945
3320001950
3500001955
3600001960
3810001963
Bought out by Selmer
4088181965
5200001970
6300001975
7850001980
8750001983
SELMER (PARIS)
Serial#Year
100001929
120001930
Cigar Cutter
140001931
170001932
180001933
190001934
200001935
Balanced Action
220001936
240001937
250001938
270001939
300001940
330001947
Super Balanced Action
350001948
370001949
400001950
430001951
Low A Baritone
460001952
500001953
520001954
Mark VI
570001955
620001956
660001957
710001958
760001959
810001960
900001961
940001962
1030001963
1100001964
1200001965
1290001966
1370001967
1490001968
1600001969
1710001970
1820001971
1920001972
2040001973
2180001974
2310001975
Mark VII
2430001976
2560001977
2720001978
2820001979
3000001980
3273001981
Super Action 80
3402001982
3538001983
3664001984
3788001985
3910001986
Super Action 80 II
4060001987
List
CONN
Serial#Year
96001905
108001906
120001907
130001908
154001909
178001910
212001911
225001912
250001913
300001914
350001916
400001917
500001919
580001920
640001921
830001922
1017751923
1246001924
1454001925
1679001926
1934501927
2092501928
2246001929
2378001930
2447001931
2492301932
2565011933
2600001934
2635001935
2710001936
2780001937
2840001938
2850001939
2883001940
2952501941
3045001942
3092501943
3093001944
3102001945
3140001946
3200001947
3271501948
3321501949
3372501950
3418501951
3418511952
3547421953
3592511954
5000011955
5717501956
6520021957
7186261958
7796571959
8342001960
8985561961
9494651962
C005011963
C738541964
E541061965
H312471966
K352741967
L204541968
BUFFET
Serial#Year
29251952
31151953
33901954
37631955
42261956
48171957
53921958
61721959
68081960
74161961
86561962
96691963
100641964
117491965
127781966
137661967
144871968
153471969
163231970
173191971
184451972
197871973
214411974
226871975
244171976
261511977
272801978
287331979
301901980
315391981
329611982
339241983
346641984
357331985
KING
Serial#Year
50001915
780001925
1260001930
1610001935
2200001940
2750001945
3050001950
3400001955
3700001960
4065001965
4576001970
5117501975
Serial
MARTIN
Serial#Year
172211919
194821920
199331921
237811921
299421922
348381923
406441924
484891523421925
54853
678521628521926
172051
792541927
866871928
*19253610271929
*first digit dropped on most serial numbers
9832429821930
10162271191931
1050961932
1065461933
1083011934
107581112531935
145261165511936
153961180381937
188611269981938
205631320701939
232311360401940
245721401991941
266431444551942
1453221943
1944
1453521945
1542891946
1615201947
1653261948
1703951949
1722151950
172449 first Imperial
1751401951
416931793171952
45824 Indiana1831251953
49586 Indiana1876141954
1937471955
561621962131956
667192038091957
667272019171958
709882053771959
762242090891960
818852116751961
878502139991962
2188551963
HOLTON
Serial#Year
11901
2541902
4761903
5261904
11511905
18721906
33451907
46301908
60711909
94741910
12,4021911
15,9501912
20,8071913
21,1001914
31,6221915
33,6711916
37,9091917
41,070 – 43,9721918
55,000 – 55,2491918
43,973 – 47,6001919
55,250 – 57,0401919
47,601 – 49,8171920
57,041 – 58,4991920
70,000 – 70,5491920
49,818 – 54,9991921
58,500 – 59,4991921
70,550 – 73,1991921
59,500 – 60,5991922
73,200 – 76,0991922
60,600 – 61,6491923
76,100 – 81,0001923
61,650 – 62,1991924
81,001 – 85,6001924
62,200 – 62,8991925
85,900 – 89,8491925
62,900 – 63,1491926
89,850 – 92,7991926
63,150 – 63,2991927
92,800 – 97,1991927
63,300 – 63,5491928
97,200 – 101,3991928
63,550 – 63,8491929
101,400 – 105,1991929
63,850 – 64,0491930
105,200 – 108,3991930
64,050 – 64,1491931
108,400 – 111,0491931
111,099 – 113,8991932
113,990 – 114,9991933
115,000 – 117,2991934
117,300 – 118,5991935
118,600 – 120,5991936
120,600 – 122,8991937
122,900 – 125,8491938
125,850 – 132,7991939
132,800 – 140,0991940
140,100 – 151,2991941
151,300 – 154,1991942
154,200 – 154,6991943
154,700 – 154,8991944
154,900 – 156,0991945
156,100 – 165,5991946
165,600 – 181,9991947
182,000 – 198,2991948
198,399 – 210,2991949
210,300 – 220,4991950
220,500 – 232,5991951
232,600 – 243,3491952
243,350 – 254,0991953
254,100 – 268,9991954
269,000 – 281,3991955
281,400 – 293,6991956
293,700 – 307,3991957
307,400 – 315,6991958
315,700 – 326,0991959
326,100 – 337,5991960
337,600 – 348,3991961
348,400 – 358,4991962
358,500 – 373,6991963
373,700 – 388,9491964
388,950 – 403,3501965
403,351 – 435,9991966
536,600 – 455,7491967
455,750 – 467,0991968
467,100 – 483,0991969
483,100 – 496,7991970
496,800 – 504,2001971
504,201 – 519,2991972
519,300 – 524,5991973
524,600 – 529,8991974
529,900 – 535,1991975
535,200 – 541,9991976
542,000 – 548,4291977
CLEVELAND
Serial#Year
11925
10,0001930
30,0001935
40,0001940
45,0001945
50,0001950
56,0001955
100,0001960
160,0001965
420,0001970
600,0001975
YANIGASAWASAXOPHONES
During the 1970′s, the 3rd and 4th digit of the serial number indicate the year of manufacture.1972 – 12729030
1973 – 12731254
1974 – 12745400
1975 – 12753382
1976 – 12764553
1977 – 12775790
1978 – 12781317
1979 – 12791801
1980 – 00102143
1981 – 00106981
1982 – 00111892
1983 – 00117142
1984 – 00122663
1985 – 00128485
1986 – 00134903
1987 – 00141658
1988 – 00148774
1989 – 00156006
1990 – 00162968
1991 – 00170073
1992 – 00177116
1993 – 00184318
1994 – 00189050
1995 – 00197400
1996 – 00205400
1997 – 00213000
1998 – 00219500
1999 – 00228250
2000 – 00235000
SML SAXOPHONES
Serial#Year
1? – 30001934 to 1940
3000 – 55001940 to 1945
5500 – 80001945 to 1950
8000 – 120001950 to 1955
12000 – 160001955 to 1960
16000 – 190001960 to 1965
19000 – 220001965 to 1970
22000 – 240001970 to 1975
24000 – 260001975 to 1980
26000 – >270001980 to 1982

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Beaugnier:

If you decided to play around with the serial numbers on http://www.doctorsax.biz/beaugnier_ser_nos.htm, note that he doesn't differentiate between the Leblanc System (two/three versions), Rationale (whichever spelling you wish) and Semi Rationale (two versions).

Boosey and Hawkes:

1. Boosey and Hawkes is a combination of the Boosey company and the Hawkes company. Hawkes produced their own instruments, for a time, and combined with Boosey in the 1930s. Boosey and Hawkes have been, since that time, sheet music producers and importers.

2. A lot of the saxophones stamped 'Boosey and Hawkes' are stencil instruments. To read more about stencils, please read my article HERE.

Keefer:

The vast majority of saxophones stamped 'Keefer' are stencils.

Buescher:

Horns stamped 'The Buescher Band Instrument Company' from the 1920's are stencils, as are the modern BU-series of horns available from Selmer, and follow different serial number charts.

Buffet-Crampon:

1. A small, but significant, percentage of all Buffet and/or Evette-Schaeffer woodwinds in the 1900-1930 range (or so) were Conn stencils and do not have Buffet serial numbers. In the 1990's, Keilwerth stenciled a saxophone for Buffet called the 'Expression' and that model has a Keilwerth serial number.

2. The modern Buffet 400 (and similar) are Asian-made and do not follow these serial number charts.

Bundy:

1. The Bundy in question here is from approximately 1950 to date. Earlier horns were a mixture of Conn and Buescher stencils.

2. For a brief time, Bundy and Bundy Special saxophones were available from Keilwerth and Dörfler & Jörka, are stamped 'Made in Germany' and do not have a Bundy serial number.

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Except for the ST-90 I and EX-90 I and II, the ST-90 and EX-90 were not made by Keilwerth and probably do not have Keilwerth serial numbers. For a chart of those models, see THIS.

Kohlert:

The modern Kohlert instruments are made in China or Taiwan. Their serial number format is completely different. The serial numbers listed here are for the German/Czech made instruments.

LeBlanc:

Leblanc does not give out serial number charts. If you ask them, EXCESSIVELY NICELY, about a serial number off a horn you own, they might tell you when it was made.

SML:

1. The SML A400/T400 are Asian-made stencils not made under the authority of SML and are not included in this chart.

2. Some very early SML saxophones were stencils. There are also occasional late-model stencils. For further info, click HERE.

Vito:

Vito saxophones have been made by Vito (Wisconsin), Beaugnier, Leblanc, Yamaha, Jupiter and Yanagisawa. Keep this in mind when attempting to date your instrument.

Yamaha:

These serial numbers are probably only for the Vito labeled YAS-21/23/25 stencils. However, these serials might apply to all Yamsaha instruments.

The standard info on Yamaha serial numbers is that they are not sequential and you need to contact Yamaha directly for information.


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