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Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve EuphoniumThe Yamaha YEP-321 Euphonium features a small shank receiver with a .571 inch bore for easy tone production and response for the advancing student. The 4 nickel-plated top action valves offer excellent, quick action. The YEP-321 includes a hard case, small shank mouthpiece and valve oil.The YEP-321 Series is one of the most popular models with advancing players and band directors.Honed ValvesThe precise fit between valve casings and pistons after honing means no air leakage.Pressure Formed TubingPerfectly rounded tubing results in less turbulence and a smoother air flow, allowing for an excellent scale and reduced resistance.Laser-Fused Pluzuma Welded BellA high-energy laser fuses the brass together for a virtually seamless bell, which allows continuous even vibrations.IntonationThe excellent intonation of the YEP-321 helps to foster a feel for correct pitch, especially in beginning players.ResponseThe responsiveness of the YEP-321 assists beginning players in learning the phrasing of the euphonium.All Yamaha brass instruments come with a limited 5-year warranty.
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This horn is a great step up from any student horn. It keeps the receiver small so the small shank mouthpiece can be retained. It gets the player used to using more air without winding them right off the bat.
The pistons are large, which provides for a great full tone, but is a little difficult on young players or those with small hands. Though, with proper technique, it's very easy to adapt to. (The proper finger technique/positioning is also very important as if straight fingers are used, the valves will begin to stick due to being pushed against the casings awkwardly.)
I use a Bowman BB1 mouthpiece, and I love the rich tone, though the articulation gets a little muddy with it. (Standard 6.5ALs don't have this problem)
I have found that the first slide is flat, but that's probably because my pitch centre is naturally flat (especially with the Bowman).
The horn has served me well, though I'm looking to upgrade to the Besson Prestige within the year as it suits my needs more efficiently.
I bought my horn around a year after my high school bought one. The horn at the high school has deteriorated rather quickly as students tend to mistreat instruments. My horn, however, is still like-new, minus a couple insignificant scratches most people tell me I'm imagining, though I know they're there.
If you take good care of this horn, as with any instrument, it will last you a very very long time.
This horn is wonderfully dark sounding with an incredible low range. I personally play with a Schilke 51DGP and love the tone I can get. The one tone complaint I have is that above the High f it gets thin sounding, otherwise wonderful. I have a range of almost five octaves on this horn and can produce most any style of music I wish. I have played three of these horns, and they all had almost identical tones and feels once broken in. Overall a wonderful Euphonium for the high school and advanced middle school euphonium player.
My parents bought me this horn as a gift. when i got it i had been playing for 2 years on a 3-valve at my school. when i first played this amazing insterment in 8th grade i was thrilled to have a horn that worked, and played with a good dark tone quality! i have been playing on my Yamaha for about 7 months now. having this horn helped get me through many auditions, like Solo and Ensemble, All Disterict, and my Douglas Anderson try-outs. Lets just say i highly recommed this horn;)
I have owned a YEP321S for 31 years.Many of the early purchasers of this euphonium had problems with valve plating. I have used nothing but Holton valve oil and never had a problem. After playing this instrument for several years I had the larger lead pipe and receiver from a YEP641 installed. Using a large shank 51D mouthpiece I found that it really opened up the upper register.
I play this instrument a lot and it has proven to be very durable. I have had it replated once and the case wore out. So far this year I have performed in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and as usual have had no problems.
I borrowed my university's YEP-321 to play in their brass ensemble and it is the best non-compensating euphonium I have ever played. Although a pro would probably want a compensating system, this will serve an amateur or student quite well.
I'm retired from an Army Reserve Band, and we had Yamaha YEP-321 horns. Unfortunately when I retired from the band I had to turn mine in leaving me with only my old 3 valve horn from High school, which was fine for marching with FD bands, but when I got back into playing with a concert band I really needed that 4th valve. The YEP-321 was the first one I looked at, and wound up being the best horn I tried in it's price range. So I've bought myself a YEP-321S. For those that complain that the horn has thin metal that dents easily, well the thickness of the metal effects the sound, if it were made heavier it wouldn't sound as nice. We had 4 of these at the reserve center, and none of them in the 15 years I played with the band had sustained any major damage. It's all a matter of taking care with them.
I played an older YEP-321 that is used as a school loner instrument. Despite all of the minor dents (and there were a lot of them), it played very well. The tone is absolutely gorgeous and the valves were pretty responsive (after a lube job). The thing that struck me the most was the power of the low range. When I pressed the 4th valve, the low F spoke louder than the fundamental Bb. The low range does work better with a larger mouthpiece (the first time I played it I used the 12C it came with). I can't say a whole lot more about it as I am not a seasoned euphonium player. Overall, I really like this horn and am thinking about buying one of my own in the near future.
I've had my horn for almost three years now and it is a great horn. The valves work pretty smoothly. Just oil it regularly - It does feel a little tight and isn't as free blowing as other intermediate horns, but it still is free blowing. The high range is fairly easy to obtain on this and the low range is okay....it's a little hard to control on this horn. THe biggest complaints I have about this horn is that it doesn't have a large shank receiver like some other intermediate euphoniums, and the metal is a bit thin, so it dents fairly easily. Overall, the horn is great for the High School student who plans to be a music major in college.
This is by far the best non-compensating Euphonium on the market. I believe the sound of this model rivals a lot of the compensating horns out there.
I have played on four separate horns of this model, and all have been delightfully easy and free-blowing. The low register is amazingly clear and easy to play. The valve mechanisms are reliable and sturdy. I have played several competing models such as Jupiter's 4-valve intermediate horn and one from King, and the Yamaha has shown to clearly be the best horn in its class. Although it is pricier on average than the competition, it is well worth the extra money, as it is a quality horn for any player, whether beginning or professional. Many band directors will not recommend a horn like the Yamaha to beginning band students due to air resistance and stiff valve mechanisms, but I started out playing a YEP 321, and have been playing them ever since. I attribute my moderate musical success to the playability and quality of this horn. However, it does dent and scratch fairly easily, so be sure to properly keep care of it. Overall, this horn is an excellent choice.
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