The Yamaha pro cornet range has been well represented in recent years by the Xeno series, however the musical demands of modern cornet players has led to the evolution of the NEO range of instruments across some of the traditional Yamahas brass instruments, aimed specifically at brass band players.
The latest arrival to the NEO family is the YCR8335 cornet. Available in lacquer or silver plate, and with a standard yellow brass or gold brass bell, there is a combination for any players preferences.
Listed here is the gold brass bell model, so in addition to the tuning slide, leadpipe and connection tube being gold brass, the whole of the bell is also gold brass. This should make for a particularly warm and flexible sound. Perhaps losing a little of the brilliance of yellow brass but maybe more in keeping with the timbre required for some of the classic brass band repertoire.
There are a few other subtle changes, even including the type of waterkey spring used, the new version should be even more reliable and long lasting. There is a new case and the addition of a 16E mouthpiece to the outfit, whilst the previous mouthpiece supplied with the Xeno was great for some it did not necessarily suit everyone, the 16E should be a little more universal.
In summary, Yamaha seem to have great success with the Neo range so far in the Tenor Horn, Eupohonium and Tuba instruments they have already produced. The feeling amongst the top echelon players is that this new Neo cornet has finally captured that elusive tonal colour that was perhaps missing from previous Yamaha efforts. Well worth a serious look if you need a top level cornet.
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