Yamaha Design “Synapses” Xeno Artist Models
The Xeno Artist Model fulfills the highest musical desires of top musicians.
The New York (NY) Series Xeno trumpet emphasizes tradition while those of the Chicago (CH) Series blend tradition with innovation. Though these instruments may appear the same at first glance, differences such as the shape of the slides and the bell allow them to be matched to different performance venues, and to provide different playing feels and tones.
Seeking to achieve the sound and performance expression that artists demand, we took a long look at the flare of the bell. One model developed in a hall with little reverberation produces a rich sound from a bell with a gentle and wide flare, while another model developed in a hall with more reverberation produces strong, directed tone from its more steeply flared bell.
Finger hooks and braces that connect the bell with the mouth pipe are made using traditional manufacturing techniques, providing a vintage feel to the design and endowing it with good tone. In addition, narrowing the gap between the bell and the mouth pipe quickened the instrument response, allowing players to feel a sense of coherence and achieve a focused tone.
In contrast to the NY series, which follows a more direct approach in its design and manufacture, the CH Series is an advanced model that incorporates the idea of orchestral performance. Anticipating a switch from a C to a B-flat instrument, we maintain the same performance ability by strengthening the relationship between the position of the two vertical braces and the expansion of the mouth pipe.
- Norihisa Fukuda
- FP (Flagship Products) Group
- Katsuhiko Furumi
- Wind & Educational Instruments Development Group B&O Instruments Development Department