The Yamaha YFH-8310ZG Custom Model Bb Flugel Horn, Clear Lacquer is designed for balanced playing resistance, brilliant tone, and slick playability. Developed in collaboration with legendary horn player Bobby Shew, Yamaha designers worked tirelessly to meet the needs of a famously versatile musician - creating an instrument that can easily produce expressive tones all the way through a wide dynamic range.
With a litany of new design features devised to provide the performer with perfect playing resistance and unparalleled evenness of tone, combined with Yamaha's long-established pedigree in the production of high-grade brass instruments, the Custom Z makes for a fantastic jazz flugelhorn. A custom Malone-style leadpipe improves blowing resistance and gives effortless access to the upper registers for fluid playability. Developed by passionate musicians, for passionate musicians - the Yamaha YFH-8310ZGS is the instrument for the horn player seeking ultimate expression.
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The YFH-8310ZGS is the result of a long partnership between Yamaha and American jazz legend Bobby Shew. Mr. Shew has been active on the jazz scene since the 1960's, having played the trumpet with the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich big bands. He went on to be an incredibly popular session musician in Los Angeles and led the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra.
Noted for his fluid and instinctive improvisational style, Mr. Shew sought a flugelhorn with slick playability and gutsy projection, but also a rich tone and expressive abilities at the soft end of the dynamic range. His unique input, paired with the knowhow of Yamaha's best brass engineers, has resulted in a versatile, top-class flugelhorn.
Bob Malone - originally a horn player himself - opened a custom brass shop in Los Angeles 1983. His original leadpipe design was widely acclaimed and caused trumpet players at the time to throng his shop to have him customise their instruments personally. His designs now retain huge popularity amongst modern musicians due to their brilliant tone and projection.
After Malone joined Yamaha's Research and Development team in 2001, his leadpipe designs have made their way into a number of Custom series instruments and Xeno Artist models. Offering incredible responsiveness and intonation, this unique leadpipe design elevates the playability of the YFH-8310ZGS enormously.
Hand-lapped slides and pistons give a perfect seal between the pistons and casing. This snug fit gives the horn much smoother airflow whilst also improving the intonation and response of the instrument. The monel pistons are corrosion resistant and so perfect for retaining a precise fit and perfect action for many years to come. The YFH-8310ZGS also features a modified third valve trigger, making it far more ergonomic and accommodating of a wider range of hand sizes.
The YFH-8310ZGS comes included with a Yamaha SHEW-FH mouthpiece. This jazz-style mouthpiece has a deep, roomy cup which provides a big, warm sound. The back bore and throat are designed to provide enough "jump and snap" to be able to deftly negotiate quick jazz passages with rich, full tone. Also included is a professional-quality Yamaha flugelhorn case. This sturdy construction is designed to protect your instrument from bangs and scrapes. Its compact size is perfectly suited for carry-on luggage, making it ideal for a musician on the move.