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Yamaha YCR-232
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100% of reviewers $120.00 9.0


Mfg. 1972-1977
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Bore (inch): 0.465
Bell Mtl.: Yellow Brass
Website: http://www.yamaha.com
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Review Date: 4/30/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $120.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sounds great. Plays great. Looks great.
Cons: No first valve saddle. Third valve slide is pretty slow. Needs oiling every day or every other day.

I bought this horn on EBay because I'd never seen a Yamaha trumpet in a green case before (it almost looks like gator skin or something). The person who was selling it had just had it cleaned and taken down to a raw brass finish.

I can't possibly explain how happy I am with this purchase. Bang for the buck, this is probably the single best musical instrument purchase of my life. I've played this horn all over the country, using it as my primary touring instrument on the gig I'm currently doing (playing horn/keys for an artist named Lenka) and it has yet to disappoint in any real way.

I don't think I'd use it for classical music so much - it's a little more chunky and raspy sounding - but for jazz and pop/rock/etc. it's phenomenal. The horn has character and can really cut if you need it to, but has a nice mellow sound if you want to go that direction as well.

If you go on youtube (NBC.com?) and look up Lenka's performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show you can see me playing the horn. I've used it on almost every recording session I've had in the past year and a half that I've owned it, and it's perfect for getting that sound in between a trumpet and a flugel - not to bright, not too dark, just right.

Two thumbs up!
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