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Yamaha YEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium

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The Yamaha YEP-8425 Series Compensating Euphonium is an instrument designed with the virtuoso in mind. Professional features such as longer bow guard...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-30-2018

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The Yamaha YEP-8425 Series Compensating Euphonium is an instrument designed with the virtuoso in mind. Professional features such as longer bow guards and an open design gold brass leadpipe set this euphonium apart from the competition. It has a more ergonomic holding tube, hand-lapped valves and slides, and a 1st valve tuning slide. Its thin bell is exceptionally responsive and its open pipe/bell taper combination offers brilliant projection. Like all Yamaha wind instruments, the YEP-8425 comes with a limited 5-year warranty.

FEATURES
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: .591-.661-inch
  • Bell: 11.8-inch
  • Bell Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Valves: Monel Piston
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: 3 Top and 1 Side
  • System: Compensating
  • Features: Open Design Gold Brass Leadpipe; Yellow Brass Valve Casing
  • Case: Yes
  • Mouthpiece: L51
  • Mouthpiece Shank: Large
  • Finish: Silver
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YamahaYEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great horn. Highly recommend.

By Robert B.

from Missoula, MT

Pros

  • beautiful rich sound
  • Case Has Room For Music
  • Great craftsmanship
  • In tune
  • Short Stroke Valves
  • Tight Tuning Slides
  • Tight Valves

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Fingerprint magnet

Best Uses

  • Concert Band
  • Solo

Comments about Yamaha YEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium:

It took me over a year to decide to purchase this horn. My current YEP321 turned 20 years old this year. It survived High School, College concert bands and many years of Tuba Christmas and community band. This year my wife decided she wanted to learn to play. This was my nudge to grab the new horn.
After a couple hours of playing on the 842s yesterday I have to say I am very impressed. Notes I needed to work at to be in pitch on my 321, I was able to nail with considerably less effort on the 842s. It almost felt like the horn was pulling me into tune rather than the other way around. That's not to say it does all the work for you of course. The valves are very light and responsive with a shorter throw than the 321. For players that love to play very fast runs this will help out immensely.
The craftsmanship of this horn is beautiful and the added drip tray under the valves is a long requested add-on for some players. The valves are very tight and very smooth. I was expecting a break-in period of slightly sticky valves but have not run into this issue yet. The tuning slides are tight to the point it is hard to reinstall them, and quick draining of spit from valve slides 1&2 is near impossible at the moment. I changed to a lighter cork grease and some valve oil mix to loosen up the slides which has helped but getting them back into place quickly will take more of a break in period.
The hard case that came with the horn is brown with a leather look and locking latches. Inside the horn fits snugly and seems to click into place. There is a location for accessories and even a location to store some music (gone are the days of rolling up my music and stuffing it down the bell!). The only item that may be a complaint is there is only 1 mouthpiece holder.
Yamaha has done an excellent job with this horn. I would recommend this horn to advanced players that have outgrown their own horns ability. I'm not necessarily in that group as the 321 has served me quite well over the years. The 842s will force me to up my playing level considerably. Nice job Yamaha!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate Euph?

By RandyG

from North Carolina

Comments about Yamaha YEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium:

I have played them all and this is the ultimate horn. There are significant differences between the 842 and 642 (an excellent euph). Minor intonation problems in earlier Yamahas (flat middle C) have been fixed. A different lead pipe and bell give this horn a lively sound and quick response. There isn't a horn out there that "slots" as well as the 842.Only drawback is the monel valves. I wish Yamaha would go with stainless pistons.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great overall horn

By Matt

from Columbia, SC

Pros

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Great tone
  • Quick Valves

Cons

    Best Uses

    • College students

    Comments about Yamaha YEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium:

    I had the opportunity to play this horn at The Midwest Clinic along with many other top line euphoniums. Aside from my bias to my personal horn this was by far my favorite to play on. It felt good to hold, it was not too heavy and my arms fit comfortably around it. The response and precision of this horn blew me away. The range and ability that this horn gave me was truly astounding. I was able to play the most difficult of excerpts with ease. The valves on this horn were what surprised me the most. I had just finished playing a much pricier horn before trying the Yamaha and I would say that the Yamaha had better valves. Overall this horn was fun to play. I would say that this horn would be great for college musicians, or if a college program wanted to buy a set of euphoniums

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My forever euphonium

    By Andrea B

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

    • Heavy to Hold

    Best Uses

    • School Bands
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Yamaha YEP-842S Series Compensating Euphonium:

    I bought this euphonium back in 2014, it looks and sounds just as good (if not better) as the day I opened it out of the box. It is a beautiful instrument to look at and the rich, warm tone that it produces is robust and clear. It's the type of sound that can fill up a whole hall and give every person in the audience a nice hug.

    It is a little bit heavy to hold compared to other euphs but it's a result of the high quality metal and finish. There are a few tuning issues, but if you sit down and learn your instrument's tendencies it's a breeze to play in tune. It's a horn perfect for someone who wants to step-up their playing.

    I have had my horn since my freshman year of college and I can wholeheartedly attest that I will use my Yamaha euphonium throughout my professional career and beyond.

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