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Yamaha Allen Vizzutti Artist Model Trumpet

I don’t play like Allen Vizzutti. Chances are you don’t either. With the recent introduction of the new Yamaha YTR-9335VS Allen Vizzutti Signature Artist Model trumpet, the rest of us mere mortals can play Allen’s trumpet, if not play trumpet like Allen. It won’t transform you into an instant virtuoso, but fortunately you don’t need to be a virtuoso to benefit from this fine horn.

This instrument is the latest addition to Yamaha’s upscale Artist Model series, sharing some genetic material with others in the line. Developed by Yamaha’s in-house trumpet expert Bob Malone and Vizzutti, it is an attempt to give the player the best of both worlds, a sound and feel in the middle register that will please the classical (or jazz) player, but with an upper register that doesn’t get too “tight.” I have wondered for years if this was possible, and Malone and Vizzutti have succeeded in creating a versatile horn without compromising craftsmanship.

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