Xeno (pronounced 'Zeno' ) trumpets are designed for those who want power and projection as well as a big warm sound. Developed from more than 30 years' research with leading artists throughout the world, Xeno trumpets incorporate their dreams, their experience, and their talents—as realized through the skills and ideas of some of the world’s best designers and craftspersons. Traditional hand-craftsmanship augmented by cutting edge manufacturing technology has created an extraordinary quality of unprecedented consistency. The Xeno' s heavyweight construction produces a solid tone core for a rich strong sound that won' t spread or break up no matter how hard you push it. It blows freely and comfortably, while still providing enough air resistance for quick response and superb tonal flexibility. And the hand-hammered one-piece bell gives an agile, quick response with a beautiful tone. Xeno Bb trumpets offer a choice of bore sizes; medium large for versatility, and large for a broad sound with plenty of power. Bell material options for Bb and C Xenos include; yellow brass - for clear sound with strong projection, and gold brass – for warmer, deeper sound.
Xeno trumpets come in delux which provide excellent protection.
Xeno trumpets come in delux which provide excellent protection.
Audio & Video
Thomas Lubitz and Andrea Tofanelli presenting the new YTR 8335 SEU
A question of personality - How to choose the right trumpet
Yamaha Trumpet Contest 2004
More than 40 years have passed since Yamaha began manufacturing wind instruments, but the passion for innovation and drive for perfection has remained the same. The following are comments by Yamaha staff, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Xeno.
Director & Managing Executive Officer of Yamaha Corporation who used to be a designer and laid the foundation for Yamaha Trumpets. Hiroo Okabe
A designer since the beginning of Yamaha trumpet manufacturing, he was the originator of the idea to use the name of “Xeno”. Kenzo Kawasaki
A designer who has been involved in the Xeno series development since he joined Yamaha. Shunichi Niwata
Designer of industry leading trumpets including the Xeno Artist Model. Norihisa Fukuda
The present designer of trumpets including the Xeno 20th anniversary model, YTR-8335RS20TH. Katsuhiko Furumi
A master craftsman who has manufactured trumpets and prototypes by hand. Masao Suzuki
Craftsman who has revived the French Bead with his advanced techniques. Shigeo Sugita
R&D specialist who has customized artists’ Xeno instruments at Atelier Tokyo. Hideichi Aoyagi
R&D specialist who has customized artists’ Xeno instruments at Atelier Los Angeles. Bob Malone
R&D specialist who has customized artists’ Xeno instruments at Atelier Hamburg. Thomas Lubitz
In this traditional procedure, a fan-shaped piece of brass with a thickness of approximately 0.5 mm is slowly and carefully formed into a pipe, and its seam is welded shut. A skilled worker then hammers the pipe to form a bell shape. This one-piece bell used for high-end Custom and pro models trumpets.
In this step, a mandrel and the bell are spun while using a tool to conform the bell onto the mandrel and constrict the narrow end of the bell. This task is very difficult and labor intensive. Like hammering, bell spinning must be carefully performed by skilled workers.
To prevent the bell stem from losing its roundness when bent, a soft metal that melts easily is packed inside it. Next a form is used to bend the pipe into a U shape. Lastly the packed metal is melted and removed.
Finally the Yamaha logo is applied. The logo is applied precisely using a computer controlled engraver.
Machining and hole formation
In this step, holes are drilled in precise locations.
In this step, the valve casing parts are fitted into a special jig and passed through a furnace to braze the components together without any distortions.
In this step, a lathe is used to precisely machine the interior of the brazed valve casing. This step involves machine work and is critical for ensuring quick, smooth piston action.
The gap between the valve casing and the piston is set to 10 microns on one side. This is such a high level of precision that the valve will not work if even a single strand of hair becomes trapped in the gap.
* 10 microns (0.01 mm) is about one-tenth the thickness of a single strand of hair.
In this step, holes are bored precisely in six locations on each piston cylinder.
Tubes which serve as the passageways for three different air streams are fitted into the holes on the piston and brazed to it.
The outer diameter of the piston and smooth surface is ground and polished to form a precise seal.
Like soldering, brazing is a method of welding. It has a much higher melting point than soldering for superior strength.
A steel core rod with precise dimensions is inserted into the tube and fitted tightly against it as in the bell manufacturing process. The tube is then drawn through an exterior die forming highly precise, micron-level tolerances.
To prevent the pipe from losing its roundness, a soft metal that melts easily is packed inside it. Then a form is used to bend the pipe. Lastly the packed metal is melted and removed.
In this step, a steel ball, with a diameter the same as the inner diameter of the curved tube, is passed through to precisely shape the inner diameter of the pipe.
Assembling and finishing
Skilled workers carefully solder and assemble by hand parts such as the bell, valve casing, and leadpipe.
In this step, the surface of the body is polished using a buffer cloth and a polishing agent.
The instrument enters a mist of lacquer particles which are electrostatically applied to the trumpet to provide a strong, uniform coating.
Adjustments and playing test
Before a trumpet leaves the factory, it goes through a strict quality and playability test. This includes checking its intonation with a strobe tuner, and also using an air leak tester.
Our GP, Silver and Signature Series have been created especially for professionals who require superior quality from their mouthpiece.
The GP Series features an innovative shape and extra-heavy gold-plate finish for players who prefer a focused, concentrated tonal core. The 925 Series are the first production mouthpieces in the world to be manufactured from pure sterling silver for a rich, warm tone core with sufficient sparkle for clarity and life.
Pro Custom Dealers
Scandinavian Brass and woodwind
Nørre Farimagsgade 21
1364 København K
(+45) 33 14 02 14
|Bell||Bell Diameter||123mm (4-7/8")|
|Bore||Bore Size||11.65mm (0.459")|