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« on: Feb 20, 2017, 10:50AM »

Would love to hear professional trombonists's opinions of this instrument. Thx!
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 20, 2017, 12:01PM »

Sold mine, but I loved it. Super solid middle of the road horn good for lots of different things. GREAT slide and build quality. A steal for the price (I think I paid $1800 for mine new). Highly recommended.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 20, 2017, 12:06PM »

So why'd you sell?
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 20, 2017, 01:08PM »

I sent you a message on Facebook. Easier to chat. I've had a 891Z for several months and it's my main horn now.
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 20, 2017, 01:45PM »

I sent you a message on Facebook. Easier to chat. I've had a 891Z for several months and it's my main horn now.
I like the mouthpiece pic. Greg Black creation?
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2017, 09:18AM »

I found one leadpipe too tight the other too open
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 15, 2017, 05:18AM »

The 891Z is one of the most popular small bore tenors we carry in our shop.  As a former King 3B player (I am currently on a 70's Martin Urbie Green) I find them to be even playing horns with a balanced timbre and good projection.  The NY (long) and LA (short) leadpipes really change the sound and response; I have taken this horn to small group gigs where the LA warmed the sound up and Dixie gigs where the NY added the right amount of brightness and projection.  Plus, they have the expected Yamaha consistency from one horn to the next.  Yamaha is currently running behind on orders for these and I think the demand is playing a part in the backlog.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 15, 2017, 05:26AM »

Have you talk to Dan Levine about this horn? He has one, and his is one of the best I've ever played. I understand he did some custom work on his, but it's consistent and plays wonderfully. Others I've tried have been characteristically Yamaha - not a ton of color in the sound, but very easy to play.
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 15, 2017, 10:03AM »

Would love to hear professional trombonists's opinions of this instrument. Thx!

Professional? I have been a professional teacher and freelance player but not anymore, but I do know trombones.

To me the leadpipes sound the same when I play them, but the feeling is different. This is the only horn I have with switchable leadpipes where they do not have any influence on the sound, not that I can notice anyway.

It's a great horn with .508 bore and 8" bell. It works for both jazz and classical music. Big band lead-playing as well as symphonic lead playing. I like the sound Håkan Björkman gets in his model with f-valve. The model is called 892-"something". Of course he has his special made mouthpiece too, which apparently gives a perfect match for him and add to this he is a monster-player. When I asked him about the f-valve he said he had a straight bell too but liked the sound better with the valve. Yamaha should make them like that. The 891Z is a very versatile instrument whether it has the valve or not.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 15, 2017, 03:36PM »

It's an extraordinary horn... very nimble and plays richer than its light weight would have you expect.  I prefer the NY leadpipe in it, although the Kanstul H8 is probably even better. 

I find that the 891 is able to be a true lead horn better than most other .508 horns, if needed.  The ultimate chameleon, on par anyway with the Shires MD+. 
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 16, 2017, 05:41AM »

Thanks for the feedback everyone.
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