The Yamaha YTR-9825 Custom Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet was developed with John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an addition to the popular Chicago Series Custom Trumpets. The YTR-9825 features a .445-inch bore with newly designed leadpipes in both trumpet and cornet shanks. The 9825 also features a one-piece 4-inch hand-hammered bell with excellent, uniform resonance. The Yamaha YTR-9825 Custom Series Bb / A Piccolo Trumpet includes a case plus a trumpet and cornet mouthpiece and is available in silver (YTR-9825) finish.
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I've played the earlier cousin of this horn, the essentially identical 9820, for the past five years. It was love at first sight, and five years later, my love for this horn is still strong. With its trumpet shank and three valves, the transition from trumpet to the 3820 or 3825 isn't too painful. Do yourself a huge favor, though, and resist the temptation to slap your trumpet mouthpiece onto this horn. Buy a piccolo trumpet mouthpiece, and you'll be much happier. When you use a properly-fit piccolo trumpet mouthpiece with this horn, you'll be amazed with the BIG sound! I have played the Neruda Trumpet Concerto on this horn (search for "Neruda piccolo trumpet" on YouTube and it will be the only hit), and my teacher says it sounds a lot like an Eb horn. The sound is big and can fill a church. (I HIGHLY recommend a Monette Prana mouthpiece for maximum sonority.) Beware that there are a few downsides to this horn. The intonation and sound is excellent on the Bb side, but frankly atrocious on the A side, even if you buy a Blackburn leadpipe (which I have tried). It's clear that this horn just isn't built for the A side, so if you play mainly on the A side, you'll be quite disappointed with this horn and should not buy it. Sorry--although it claims to be a Bb/A horn, it's really an exclusively Bb horn. The second caveat is that the lower limit of this horn, achievable by using the uniquely-designed third valve slide trigger, goes down only to low E. This is 1-1/2 steps higher than the lower limit of a conventional 4-valve piccolo trumpet. So if you need to be able to go down to a low D or C#, this horn is not for you. I will also note that the intonation and sound quality on those low notes isn't great. You really need to practice to get those notes in tune and to play them with a full sound. One final note: This horn comes with two third valve slides--one without the trigger, and one with the trigger. If you use the slide without the trigger, your lowest note will be F#, but you'll find that the intonation is better overall for those notes that use the third valve. This will be especially evident for the second-line G, which is notoriously flat when you use the triggered third valve slide.
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