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Yamaha YEP-321S
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100% of reviewers $1,991.00 7.3


Key of Bb, .571" bore, 11" upright bell, 4 nickel-plated pistons, silver-plated. Comes with mouthpiece, valve oil, and plastic case. All Yamaha wind instruments come with a limited 5-year warranty.

Yamaha YEP-321S Euphonium Features:

Key of Bb
.571" bore
11" upright bell
4 nickel-plated pistons
Includes mouthpiece and valve oil
Plastic case
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Bore (inch): 0.571
Bell (inch): 11.000
Key: Bb
Bell Style: Upright
Valves: 4, Nickel
Website: http://www.yamaha.com
Keywords: Yamaha YEP-321S
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Review Date: 2/28/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: good dark tone, hardy valves, useful fourth valve
Cons: fourth valve slide is unprotected, this horn is heavy

I have played two of these. One was from 1974 and the other was from 1998. It says a great deal about Yamaha's commitment to standardization that they both sounded and responded alike. The response of these horns is good, and so are the Yamaha valves. These are good euphoniums, but, as with most Yamahas, quite expensive.

I have racked up a few complaints over the years about these euhphoniums, but not many. I've found that I always have to pull the fourth valve slide out. This means the horn doesn't fit in the molded case. Also, that fourth slide is not protected enough. It's too far off of the back of the euphonium, and is right in the strike zone. Also, this horn is heavy.

Despite these complaints, I've found these to be good euphoniums, up for almost anything (except rock, they can't blow out anybody's eardrums).
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Review Date: 3/4/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,082.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: great sound,excellent quality for the money
Cons: have none. for the money this an excellent horn.

I also own a Besson 967 which has a some what superior sound, but I have had problems with the Besson that I have not had with the Yamaha. The Yamaha has a an awful lot of quality in constuction for the money.
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Review Date: 9/16/2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $1,900.00 | Rating: 1 

Pros: None
Cons: Intonation, valve action, small sank

Well, from the begining I felt that this horn is not professional. For a student, it would be OK, but if what you want is response, intonation, sound quality, but specially in the top and the bottom register, THIS IS NOT YOUR HORN. As it's small shank, producing sound is easy, but giving quality to the sound, it's... impossible. In the top register, this horn sounds bad and out of intonation.

The bottom register may be OK, cause it's small shank.

To sume up:

Professional Playing--> Besson 2052 Prestige
Studying--> This one.
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Review Date: 12/6/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Good sound, good build quality
Cons: none

This has NEVER be marketed as a PRO HORN, so I can't understand the above rant. Quality, intonation, sound, finish, are all great. Check the euphonium sites and they all say that Yamahas (including this one) have great intonation. It plays easy & sounds good, valves are smooth. There is a reason that these are pretty much the standard for a good quality, 4 valve, non-compensating student instrument.
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