Yamaha Trombone Developed With Jazz Artist Al Kay

Al Kay
Buena Park, CA (November 15, 2002) — Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, announces the introduction of a professional trombone geared toward jazz players at Winter NAMM 2003.

Designed in cooperation with noted jazz musician Al Kay, the YSL-697Z trombone has a very tight slide tolerance, constructed to be airtight while providing smooth action. The new trombone boasts exceptional durability as well as an incredible response and excellent projection. These benefits enable the lead trombone player to cut through the band while maintaining a full, round tone.

"Development and testing lasted over a year and a half, resulting in a great horn that has a sweet sound when you want it, brilliance or bite when you need it, records beautifully, and has great projection for solo performances," said Kay. "I believe Yamaha has a great new lead trombone – a trombone that has character and a multi-dimensional sound that can accommodate many playing styles and situations."

The trombone features a one-piece bell with a lengthwise seam that makes it a continuous extension of the instrument, resulting in pure, uniform resonance and superior tone. A hammered yellow brass bell produces a pure and perfectly balanced tone with quick response and extra presence due to advanced manufacturing techniques.

"The YSL-697Z represents yet one more Yamaha product developed directly in collaboration with a top trombone player," says Kurt Witt, Wind Instrument product manager. "By collaborating with players like Al Kay, we can better create instruments that combine contemporary design knowledge with the traditional sound players know and love."

The YSL-697Z is currently available at an MSRP of $1,860.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone (714) 522-9011 or send e-mail to infostation@yamaha.com.

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