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It's a screamer and a ballad horn all at once.

The Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom is a result of Yamaha' s partnership with the great trumpeter Bobby Shew. Bobby is a versatile player, equally at home in a lead role in a big band or in a largely soloing context in a quintet setting. Shew had a vision of creating one single efficient instrument that could screech a lead line, or blow sweet, mellow ballades. He finally found that instrument in the Z.

When Yamaha decided to try to improve the Z, trumpet designer Shunichi Niwata and R&D specialist Bob Malone worked together with Bobby, making sure it had what Bobby needed in order to handle all of these various applications.

The result was the Z as it is today. Key of Bb. Lightweight; .445" bore; one-piece, 5", yellow brass bell; one piece, drawn, gold brass mouthpipe; Monel pistons; hand-lapped pistons and slides; laser-fused pluzuma welded bell; unbraced inner outer tuning slide; large bell flare; large bore tuning slide; and special bead and bell taper.

FEATURES
Key:  Bb
Bore: .445-inch Stepped Bore
Leadpipe: One-Piece Drawn
Leadpipe Material: Gold Brass
Bell: 5-inch One-Piece Hammered
Bell Material: Yellow Brass
Valves: Monel Piston
1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Thumb Saddle
3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Fixed Ring
Features: One-Piece Drawn Gold Brass Leadpipe; Stepped Bore with Large Bore Tuning Slide; One-Piece Hammered Bell with Large Bell Flair; Lightweight Body Design
Case: Deluxe Wood Case
Mouthpiece: Yamaha Bobby Shew Signature
Finish: Lacquer, Silver
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5.0

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5.0

Worthwhile investment!

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from Grand Junction, CO

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Pros

  • Easy to play, great response, wonderful sounds!

Cons

  • None for me

Best Uses

  • Commercial playing. Jazz and lead.

Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

I just recently switched from a Bach 43 to this horn. While it took me about two weeks to get used to it, once I did, I just fell in love with this horn! My range and endurance has improved a good deal, and I love how easy and responsive the shew horn is. Nice variety of tone colors--especially when playing lead! Just remember not to overblow or the horn can really back up on you. Also, you really need to be in good shape to play this, or it will work against you. Loving every second of playing this gem! At this point, I can't really see myself playing anything else! (Well, if I ever get back into some legit playing, I would probably use my Bach for that, as the Shew is very much a commercial horn.)

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5.0

Top quality

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from Cleveland, OH

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Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

This trumpet is a beautiful instrument of the highest quality. It has a gorgeous tone, and versatile to be able to play different genres. I am very happy with it and would buy it again!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Rich, Dark & Versatile Horn for Jazz & Solo Work

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from Bend, Oregon

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Pros

  • Darker Than Most Horns
  • Elegant Rich Tone
  • Excellent Slotting
  • Hits Any Note
  • Superb Quality

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    Best Uses

    • Excellent For Any Contemporary Music

    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    Like many professional musicians, I've attended NAMM shows over the years and attempt to play everything out there. For many years, I've owned a beautiful Bach Stradivarius and have been very happy with this fine horn... until I played the Yamaha Bobby Shew trumpet. Wow, the Z-horn has an amazingly rich sound with dead-on intonation and it is exceptionally comfortable to play.

    For weeks, I played this horn side-by-side with my Bach trumpet. As a straight-ahead jazz musician, I definitely prefer the Yamaha's sonic accuracy and versatility, as well as the superior mechanical precision of the Shew horn. Making music on this superb instrument is next to effortless. I'm so impressed with the Yamaha product that I recently sold both my Bach horns and then purchased a Yamaha YFH-8310Z flugelhorn as well.

    The remarkable ease of playing these Yamaha brass instruments allows me to focus on the music rather than on the effort of playing the notes. These are elegant horns that are truly a joy to play.

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    5.0

    Unbelievable sound and versatility for the price

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    from Satellite Beach, FL

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    Wanted a horn that could handle the high register interval slotting needed for classical arpeggios etc. but still had a nice full sound in the mid range. This horn did it all. I found the Bachs (180s37 and 43) were great for the high register accuracy but were lacking in projection and fullness in the mid range. If I played orchestra or wind ensemble only, I think I would probably go Bach but I was sold on the versatility of this horn. Not to mention the price. BTW the mouthpiece that comes with this horn should not be overlooked. If you're out trying horns, do not make a decision without trying 8310Z.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic

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    from Quincy Illinois

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I have played many trumpets, including my LT180S37 Bach Stradivarius, and this is by far one of the best trumpets I have ever played. I perform in two local big bands (in one I play lead trumpet), in our local park band, and a few other various groups. Let me start by saying this trumpet screams in the high range. It opens up very easily and the intonation is great above the C above the staff. It also has wonderful projection. The director of our big band joked to the audience recently that our trumpet section is now accepting work peeling paint off the sides of buildings (Two of us use the 8310Z). I have also found that this trumpet is great for outdoors work. When playing with the local park band I don't get overly tired and it projects very well. This is important when playing in the summer heat. One of my primary concerns about the 8310Z was if it had the ability to sound great at low volumes. I was happy to find that the trumpet plays just as wonderfully when playing softly and sweetly as it does when playing high energy, loud music. I couldn't be happier with the results I am getting from the 8310Z. All in all I have found that this trumpet is great for any kind of performance I throw at it. I would not have expected so much out of such a reasonably priced trumpet. Just as a side note the case it comes with is fantastic. It fits my 8310Z, my Bach, and my two Warburton mouthpieces perfectly. I also enjoy that I am able to lock them up in the case when I am not using them.

     
    5.0

    Never looked back (< _< )

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    from Chicago, Illinois

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I used to play on Bach strad light-weight with a 72 bell for a bigger sound. It was great. But found myself working harder than I needed at the end of a long night. With the 8310Z. Since day one. I noticed didn't have to use a large airstream. With less effort achieved same results. I have an increased response throughout the entire range on the horn. From my lowest note. To my highest. Makes a GREAT, AWESOME, LEAD trumpet. Everyone who's tried my horn notices it to. Guess they know my secret now. :-) Special Thanx to WW&BW for the great deal on a beautiful gem like this.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible.

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    from New Albany, Indiana

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I will keep this short and sweet. I lead a big band and specialize in dance music and the music of Maynard Ferguson. Originally, I played a Holton MF Horn, but wanted a smaller, lighter horn to make my work easier. I purchased the Yamaha 6310Z and never looked back! I was able to blend with the ensemble without killing the poor saxophones, AND step up front for a Maynard chart without a microphone. Since many of our venues are smaller, this was important. When I tried the 8310Z, I was stunned. It had somehow surpassed its predecessor! It's by far the most versitile horn on the market. How often can you use the same horn for Chet Baker AND Maynard Ferguson? However, I did not purchase the 8310Z because it once again allowed me to easily overpower the big band. I love my 6310Z and play it religiously. But I think the 8310Z is more dynamic and responsive.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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    from MN

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I'm a highschool student and I figured it was time to up grade to a pro trumpet. After trying out lots of trumpets this one stood out. It has a great tone, it extended my range, and it's note slotting is right on. The only trumpet to compare this one to is the Yamaha New York Artist trumpet, but for the price this one is a much better deal. Also, the Bobby Shew mouthpiece it comes with is a great all-around mouthpiece.

     
    5.0

    Boy, am I happy!

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    from South Bend, Indiana

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I have played Bach products for 35 years, so I was looking for another horn,finally. I play tested for several hours over 3 sessions at WWBW and narrrowed my choices down to the Shew and the Bergeron yamaha's. Both these horns out performed the Getzen's I tried,which surprised me. The Shew could peel paint, as they say nowadays and the Bergeron could do it also but in a nicer way. In the end, I felt more comfortable with the Shew in my hands and my interval work was more spot on. Both horns slot well with the Bergeron being a little darker in tone. The only con I have with the Shew is the case...very small and really quite worthless. I kept my old refurbished Bach case. No more Bach's, this horn really improves your play and sound. Very good craftsmanship and I can't wait to play it live...

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent!

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    from Cincinnati

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    Comments about Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Custom Series Bb Trumpet:

    I couldn't have asked for a better lead horn! I use the 8310Z as my primary lead horn in a Big Band, with my churches Praise Band and as a soloist. This is one of the easiest horns i've ever played. Three and four octaves come with ease as does perfect intonation throughout. I recommend this horn to anyone. Be careful though, if you over play it, she'll bite back!

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