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Louise Finch
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:35 am    Post subject: Yamaha Xeno II Reply with quote

Hi

Cross referencing with my Bach 37 thread, considering the price of a new Bach, I am also considering Yamaha options.

I plan to try Yamaha's new commercial trumpet, the 6335 RC and the 8335LA.

I am however still wondering about other versions of the Xeno II, considering the difference in price between Yamaha and Bach in the UK.

I used to have a 6335HGII, predecessor of the 8335G Xeno I. I never admittedly owned it at the same time as my 8335 Xeno II, but I used it for dance band work and it seemed more commercially orientated that I find my 8335 Xeno II.

Admittedly the Xeno I came in between, but I've played Xeno I's and they played pretty much like the 6335HGII.

Although conventional wisdom would be that a gold brass bell would darken the sound, I'm wondering whether the sound would be bigger and richer and may be more what I have in mind.

Also, I am wondering whether the gold brass bell model would respond quicker. I have a feeling that yellow brass may be supposed to respond quicker, but my memory fails me in this regard.

I am also wondering whether the silver-plated models play differently in both the yellow and gold brass bell options.

In a nut-shell, others seem to find their Yamaha Xenos good for show work and other more commercial settings, and this was the case with the 6335HGII I had previously, but I find my 8335 Xeno II very classically orientated.

Have I been spoilt by a lively Bach 37 in between, or do the other configurations of the Xeno II play differently to the 8335? I've tried and don't like the reversed leadpipe models, so I'm basically looking for a comparison between the 8335, 8335S, 8335G and 8335GS, from someone who has played them all.

Thanks very much

Lou
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou I think you should get your Bach fixed and then decide if you want another trumpet. If your Bach is in good shape except for the lst valve then it is fixable. You could even send it to the US (Anderson Silver Plating), and have all of the valves done. You can get a customs exemption from HM customs, since customs was already paid when it entered your country. Once it is fixed then you might not want another horn.

If you do send it to the US, mark " American Goods Returned" so that they don't try and hit you with taxes when it enters the US.

BTW, just in case you don't I would recommend that you oil your valves once a day, even if they don't need oil. Your valves will last longer if you do.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irving wrote:
Lou I think you should get your Bach fixed and then decide if you want another trumpet. If your Bach is in good shape except for the lst valve then it is fixable. You could even send it to the US (Anderson Silver Plating), and have all of the valves done. You can get a customs exemption from HM customs, since customs was already paid when it entered your country. Once it is fixed then you might not want another horn.

If you do send it to the US, mark " American Goods Returned" so that they don't try and hit you with taxes when it enters the US.

Hi Irving

Thanks very much for all the above, which is really appreciated.


BTW, just in case you don't I would recommend that you oil your valves once a day, even if they don't need oil. Your valves will last longer if you do.

I do do this, but thanks very much for the good advice.

Best wishes

Lou

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- James R New Custom 3Cs
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find that gold brass sounds darker from soft dynamics until around a good Forte. In louder dynamics I find gold brass to be brighter than yellow brass.
Gold brass does not sound bigger in my opinion. It actually sounds more compact than yellow brass. Because of this, I personally prefer gold brass on large bore instruments, such as the Bach 25G or ytr-8345GII. On ML instruments the sound gets too compact for my taste.
I offen find that gold brass instruments are slightly easier to play than their yellow brass counterparts. This I credit to the more compact sound, which I believe makes it easier for the chops to keep the sound focused.

Plating difference is not so big. Pick the best one.
But I offen find that lacquered instruments are slightly easier to play. This is because of the dampening effect of the lacquer.
Silver plated instruments play broader/bigger with a slightly brighter sound.
But again, the difference in plating is very small.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LarsHusum wrote:
I find that gold brass sounds darker from soft dynamics until around a good Forte. In louder dynamics I find gold brass to be brighter than yellow brass.
Gold brass does not sound bigger in my opinion. It actually sounds more compact than yellow brass. Because of this, I personally prefer gold brass on large bore instruments, such as the Bach 25G or ytr-8345GII. On ML instruments the sound gets too compact for my taste.
I offen find that gold brass instruments are slightly easier to play than their yellow brass counterparts. This I credit to the more compact sound, which I believe makes it easier for the chops to keep the sound focused.

Plating difference is not so big. Pick the best one.
But I offen find that lacquered instruments are slightly easier to play. This is because of the dampening effect of the lacquer.
Silver plated instruments play broader/bigger with a slightly brighter sound.
But again, the difference in plating is very small.


Hi LarsHusum

Thank you very much for your very informative post. I've had a think about this, in regards to my other horns. None of them have gold brass bells, and the three I use for more classical repertoire, Xeno II Bb, Xeno cornet and C trumpet are all in lacquer, whereas the ones I use for more commercial playing have been silver-plated. My Bach 184ML cornet is silver-plated and I've used it for a large range of repertoire including Jazz, my Bach 183 flugel which I use for Jazz ballads is silver-plated, and my Bach 37 is scratch gold plated. Admittedly you say the difference is very small, but I tend to notice very small things. Considering I like my Xeno II in most regards and the Xeno II is 2/3 the price of a new Bach, I think that it is worth finding out if silver-plated would make the difference.

I used my Xeno II for Chicago and An American in Paris selections yesterday, and tried to work out what I don't like about the Xeno for more commercial repertoire, and it is subtle, but I am wondering whether it is more to do with the sound rather than the approach. It will probably be just another factor to rule out, but I think that I will A-B my 8335 Xeno II with a 8335S Xeno II, to experience the difference for myself.

Thanks very much again.

Best wishes

Lou
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- James R New Custom 3Cs
Flugel:
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- Differing Kanstul Custom 3Cs
- Denis Wick 4B underpart/my 3C rim
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Lou,
Anderson Silver Plating no longer has anyone who refits valves. They still do plating, but the complex, multi-step process of refitting was done by one man who retired last year.
The two sources I know of who can do this are "Dr. Valve" (Steve Winans), and Jim Becker at Osmun Music.

If your valves are that worn, unfortunately, refitting is the only way I know of to solve the problem.
-Lionel
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yourbrass wrote:
Hello Lou,
Anderson Silver Plating no longer has anyone who refits valves. They still do plating, but the complex, multi-step process of refitting was done by one man who retired last year.
The two sources I know of who can do this are "Dr. Valve" (Steve Winans), and Jim Becker at Osmun Music.

If your valves are that worn, unfortunately, refitting is the only way I know of to solve the problem.
-Lionel


Hi Lionel

Thank you very much. This is really appreciated.

Best wishes

Lou
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Yamaha 8335 Xeno II
Bach Strad 180ML/37
Kanstul F Besson C
- James R New Custom 3Cs
Flugel:
Bach Strad 183 - Bach 3CFL
Cornets:
Yamaha Xeno
Bach Strad 184ML
- Differing Kanstul Custom 3Cs
- Denis Wick 4B underpart/my 3C rim
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