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Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium 

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The Yamaha YEP-321 Euphonium features a small shank receiver with a .571 inch bore for easy tone production and response for the advancing student. T...Click To Read More About This Product

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Euphonium for dedicated low brass students.

The 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 Valves
The precise fit between valve casings and pistons after honing means no air leakage.

Pressure Formed Tubing
Perfectly rounded tubing results in less turbulence and a smoother air flow, allowing for an excellent scale and reduced resistance.

Laser-Fused Pluzuma Welded Bell
A high-energy laser fuses the brass together for a virtually seamless bell, which allows continuous even vibrations.

Intonation
The excellent intonation of the YEP-321 helps to foster a feel for correct pitch, especially in beginning players.

Response
The 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.

FEATURES
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: .571-inch
  • Bell: 11-inch
  • Bell Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Valves: Nickel Plated
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: Top
  • System: Standard
  • Features: Gold Brass Leadpipe; Yellow Brass Valve Casing
  • Case: Yes
  • Mouthpiece: 48M
  • Mouthpiece Shank: Small
  • Finish: Lacquer, Silver
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YamahaYEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium
 
4.7

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best In My Point of View

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from Tawas City, MI

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

I played on Conn, King, Yamaha, and Jupiter. The Yamaha is constructed solid. The high notes have good tone and the low notes does also. I dropped this on a concrete floor and it hit the bottom of the euphonium. There was no dent. The brass is a little thicker than it's competitors but the sound is outstanding. I have mine for 15 years and it still is in one piece and the maintenance is very low.

 
5.0

best for the price

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from Boise

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

This euphonium was fantastic for me. I am a high school student and I was looking to get my own horn for such things as college auditions and such and I bought this in my junior year and it has served me very well. The only advice I give on this horn is buy a better mouthpiece for it. If you are upgrading enough to buy this horn then get a pro mouthpiece. Must buy for any advancing high schooler or lower level professional.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value

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from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It got me Farther than I expected!

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from Florida

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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;)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent horn!

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from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

After playing a junkyard baritone in middle school, this horn was what I began playing on in high school. I am in my senior year and a serious player, and it hasn't failed me yet! The horn that I play is a school horn that must be at least 30 years old, has multiple large dents from years of abuse, yet it still produces a wonderful tone. I had some work done on it to shore up a few holes and had it chemically cleaned with a lube job on the valves and now it plays remarkably well. I use a Bach 51-G mouthpiece and am able to produce a rich, full sound in both low and high registers. The other player in my section is playing on a $6000 Besson...and my trusty Yamaha beats his horn for tone every time! I am looking to buy my own to continue with in college. I would completely recommend this horn to any student or professional looking for a serviceable instrument that will last forever.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YEP-321 Best horn in it's price range

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from Rochester NY

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A fantastic horn

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from Dayton, OH

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YEP 321S

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from Southeastern Pennsylvania

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good step-up horn for the Intermediate Player

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from California

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value, great horn

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from Omaha Nebraska

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Comments about Yamaha YEP-321 Series 4-Valve Euphonium:

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.

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