Yamaha Design “Synapses” Alto Venova™
Red Dot Award
iF Design Award
The alto version of a new wind instrument that’s casual yet authentic.
The same branched-pipe structure as the Venova, with a larger body and mouthpiece. After careful consideration, we were able to increase the size of the instrument without compromising playability or appearance, giving it the feel of a conveniently sized wind instrument befitting the Venova line.
We made the pipe longer and wider than the Venova, adjusted the spacing of the tone holes, and made other changes to access the alto range while maintaining the image of Venova instruments. For playability, we used a meandering shape to shorten the total length, and changed the shape of the keys.
The meandering form of the lower part of the body is symbolic of Venova instruments. We condensed the meandering shape to avoid making the Alto Venova too different from other Venova instruments, and achieved a balance between Venova characteristics and the Alto Venova’s properties as a wind instrument.
The combination of the Venova to cover the soprano range and the Alto Venova to cover the alto range allows much richer performances, while the new designs offer greater breadth of expression for ensemble playing with other instruments.
- Keizo Tatsumi
- Yamaha Design Laboratory