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Yamaha Z Trumpet

In America, the trend is usually bigger is better. The humble SUV, for example, has begun to receive some competition from the Hummer, a military vehicle, for the title of most coveted means of ground transportation. Since they make armored vehicles larger than the Humvee, I soon expect to see dads in New Jersey driving their kids around in, say, tanks.

There has also been a trend toward bigger trumpets. The sound of a larger, heavier horn is generally darker, and that is what many of today’s trumpeters are going for. But the big-and-heavy trend might be steering us toward forgetting that a great trumpet can come in all kinds of weights and proportions. Take Yamaha’s new YTR-8310Z, for example. The horn is quite light in weight and has a small, .445-inch bore-and it’s excellent.

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