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Yamaha Flute Serial Number Chartl


Yamaha Flute Serial Number Chart




Yamaha is a well-known brand of musical instruments, especially flutes. Yamaha flutes are renowned for their high quality, craftsmanship, and sound. But how can you tell the model and year of your Yamaha flute? This article will help you find out by explaining how to read the serial number and model number of your Yamaha flute.


Where to Find the Serial Number and Model Number




The serial number and model number of your Yamaha flute are engraved on different parts of the instrument, depending on the type and series of the flute. Here are some examples:


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  • YFL-2XX-7XX (standard-professional models): The model number is engraved at the head joint end of the body. The serial number is engraved on the reverse side of the foot joint end of the body.



  • YFL-8XX, 9XX (hand-made models): The model number and serial number are engraved at the base of the post near the C-key on the body. The serial number is also engraved at the base of the post near the low-C key on the foot joint.



  • Other models: The serial number and model number may be located on different places, such as the barrel, the lip plate, or the tenon. You can check the Yamaha website or contact Yamaha customer service for more information.




How to Read the Serial Number and Model Number




The serial number and model number of your Yamaha flute can tell you some information about the instrument, such as its origin, production date, and series. Here are some tips on how to read them:



  • The first letter of the serial number indicates the country where the flute was made. For example, Y stands for Japan, U stands for United States, H stands for Hong Kong, etc.



  • The second letter of the serial number indicates the year when the flute was made. For example, A stands for 1970, B stands for 1971, C stands for 1972, etc. The letters I, O, Q, and S are skipped to avoid confusion with numbers.



  • The third letter of the serial number indicates the month when the flute was made. For example, A stands for January, B stands for February, C stands for March, etc. The letter I is skipped to avoid confusion with J.



  • The remaining numbers of the serial number indicate the production order of the flute within that month.



  • The model number indicates the type and series of the flute. For example, YFL stands for Yamaha Flute, 2XX stands for standard series, 3XX stands for intermediate series, 4XX stands for professional series, etc. The last two digits indicate some variations within each series, such as open-hole or closed-hole keys, in-line or offset G keys, C foot or B foot joints, etc.




Example




Let's say you have a Yamaha flute with a serial number YC12345 and a model number YFL-481H. Here is what you can learn from them:



  • The flute was made in Japan (Y).



  • The flute was made in 1972 (C).



  • The flute was made in March (C).



  • The flute was the 12345th flute produced in that month.



  • The flute is a professional series (4XX) with open-hole keys (8), in-line G key (1), and B foot joint (H).




Conclusion




Knowing how to read the serial number and model number of your Yamaha flute can help you identify its origin, age, and features. This can be useful for maintenance, appraisal, or resale purposes. You can also use this information to compare different models and series of Yamaha flutes and find the one that suits your needs and preferences best.


References:



  • [Flutes: Where should I look to find the model number and serial number? - Yamaha]



  • [YEC Serial Number Lookup - Yamaha Corporation]






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