Yamaha Ushers in a New Era with the Limited Edition Black Phoenix Instruments

1/7/2009 [Brass/Woodwinds]

The Black Phoenix instruments mark the anniversary of 50 years for Yamaha in the United States.

Black Phoenix Trio
Limited Edition Black Phoenix Instruments
Buena Park, CA — Yamaha Corporation of America introduces the Limited Edition Black Phoenix instruments. Consisting of black-lacquer versions of 3 of the most popular Custom Z instruments, the Black Phoenix line celebrates 50 years of Yamaha here in the United States.

The base models for the Black Phoenix line are the YAS-82Z alto saxophone, the YTR-8310Z trumpet and the YSL-697Z trombone. All of the instruments feature a new black-lacquering process that is used to achieve in-bell lacquering as well as custom engraved (hand engraved on the alto sax), modern interpretation of the original Yamaha phoenix logo from 1887 on the bell.

Although the base models are part of the regular Yamaha line-up, the Black Phoenix instruments will only be produced in 1 small production run. Quantities of 150 of the alto saxophone, 50 of the trumpet and 50 of the trombone will be available from authorized Yamaha dealers beginning in January 2009.

Black Phoenix Logo
Modern Interpretation of the original Yamaha logo from 1887
The mythical Phoenix was adopted as a symbol of the imperial household, particularly the empress. This mythical bird represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, and fidelity.

In Japanese lore, the Phoenix or Hou-Ou (pronounced Hō-ō) appears very rarely, and only to mark the beginning of a new era. As the herald of a new age, the Hou-Ou descends from heaven to earth to do good deeds.

In celebration of 50 years of Yamaha in the US, the limited edition Black Phoenix line is here to usher in a new era for Yamaha Wind Instruments.

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