YAMAHA 664

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£1,390.00

YAMAHA'S 'Pro-quality Intermediate horn' is almost a trade secret!

This fantastically reliable and musically well-balanced full double horn was a market leader for over 20 years, and then, inexplicably, Yamaha stopped making it. Although technically classed as an 'Intermediate' horn (‘post-beginner’ up to college level) it is fully capable of professional use.

 

With a medium bell throat, made of silver plated yellow brass, our current example is in very good shape, apart from one small ding (visible at about '9 am' in the 1st photo) and weighs a modest 2.53 kg/ 5lb 9oz.  Its serial number is 200627.

I well remember having a consultation lesson a few years ago, in which Dale Clevenger, Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at that time, praised the YHR-664, pointing out that its bell taper was remarkably similar to that of the legendary Carl Geyer's bell. Several of Mr Clevenger's students were playing the 664 at that time.

This is an excellent horn in every way. It responds evenly over the entire range, with rather more personality than some other recent horns of this genre, and it is very reasonably priced.

 

NB: The horn is currently housed with its owner in Bristol, UK; contact info can be provided on request.

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YAMAHA 664