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Yamaha YTR-8335 LA Custom Bb Trumpet

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Air. Every trumpet player conceptualizes air in a different way. We all know how important it is. As trumpet players, it is our life force, rivaling blood, bones and newfangled mouthpieces. We have exercises and techniques for increasing our lung capacity and for using our air more efficiently. Our instrument sometimes reflects our respiratory prowess by enabling or disabling our air to do the work for us. More controlled horns can feel stuffy; open horns can feel overly cavernous. With its new YTR-8335 LA Custom Bb jazz trumpet, Yamaha has achieved great success with this remarkably free-blowing, versatile, great-sounding horn.

This instrument, developed in part by West Coast trumpet great Wayne Bergeron, is certainly for the big-air lover. It features a medium bore (.459″), but with a large bore tuning slide. The leadpipe is also tapered in order to give the player “maximum response,” or a feeling of comfortable backpressure while allowing room for intense airflow. Another special feature is the large bell with variable wall thickness, providing the means for an overtone-rich sound.

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