The primary consultant for the CH Series was John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony. In addition to testing parts and later prototypes with John and his colleagues, some very famous vintage trumpets owned by the CSO were used as benchmarks in the process. Those horns were studied in great detail, not to copy them, but rather to understand what made them so special. They had their flaws too, yet they set a fantastic reference standard difficult for any modern trumpet to match. In key of C, in Silver plate.
Yamaha YTR-9445CHS Trumpet
Xeno Artist Model trumpets are based on in-depth research into vintage instruments that are considered masterpieces, but they are not simply reproductions. All materials and parts have been thoroughly reviewed, and construction refined to deliver unprecedented balance and performance. Ongoing collaboration with leading artists around the world continues to elevate Xeno Artist Model performance to new heights.
Custom Xeno Artist Model The "Chicago" Series C Trumpets.
The "Chicago" Series
The Chicago Series was developed in close cooperation with John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A fusion of orthodox style and state-of-the-art design achieves free blowing resistance and a tone that is both brilliant and deep. The C and Bb trumpets have consistently outstanding feel and playability throughout their ranges, so switching instruments is smooth and seamless.
Based on new findings acquired through research into vintage trumpets, the dimensions and thickness of parts of the valve casing have been revised for the 2019 model. The refined valve casing and lightweight pistons work together to deliver significantly improved response for even greater clarity in detailed passages.
The bell features a design that is narrower toward the valve casing, and a square-cornered bell bow that provides the performer with ideal blowing resistance. This results in a more "three-dimensional" sound, with a strong tonal core that improves upper register playability. The YTR-9445CHS bell has been changed from the previous YS4 type to a YS4s type with a different bell tail shape. Combined with the MC1 leadpipe, this results in even greater pitch accuracy.
Main Tuning Slide
For the 2019 model revision, a square main tuning slide that provides enhanced overall playing feel and tonal balance has been adopted in the YTR-9335CHS and YTR-9445CHS.
Water Key and Water Key Cork
A redesigned water key contributes to improved musical resonance in YTR-9445CHS. The weight distribution of the water key arm and saddle improve playability and response while enhancing high resister accessibility. A new rubber cork material* that is more resistant to deterioration over time is used for the water key seal. These modifications contribute to improved definition, projection, and response.
* Rubber cork: Cork particles are evenly distributed through a synthetic rubber, achieving greater compression resilience than conventional cork.
Reversed Tuning Slide
The leadpipes are based on Bob Malone's own design, and on the C trumpet is a long taper that ends in a reversed tuning slide. These leadpipes are largely responsible for the tonal expressivity of the trumpets, and you will find that notes slot easily and comfortably in all ranges, with exceptionally accurate intonation.
Unlike traditional methods where a round rim curl is used, a French bead is an advanced technique that matches the curl to the shape of a semi-cylindrical rim and is characterized by improved feedback of sound to the performer.
Utilizing a leadpipe that is thicker than current designs, an original style Malone Pipe™ (MC1), and a lighter mouthpiece receiver, we have achieved improved tone and response while providing the performer with ideal blowing resistance. A finger hook that is not soldered to the leadpipe is provided. You will hear and feel the difference in tone quality and response.
Based on leadpipes designed by renowned brass instrument artisan Bob Malone, the Malone Pipe™ is available in several keys, offering quick response, superior intonation and unparalleled evenness of tone. Originally a trumpet player himself, Bob Malone opened his own custom brass shop in Los Angeles in 1983. Trumpeters flocked to his shop to have him personally customize their horns. His original leadpipe design has enjoyed wide acclaim and is still held in high regard among trumpet players. Since Bob joined Yamaha’s Research and Development team in 2001, his Malone Pipe™ design has made its way into a number of Xeno Artist models and Custom series instruments. Rich and brilliant tone with excellent projection, the Malone Pipe™ brings total expression to your music.
Brace Design & Position
The design of the bell braces achieves quick response with a brilliant, well-centered tone. Although the position of the YTR-9335CHS tuning slide brace is unique for a Bb instrument, the distance between the mouthpiece receiver and tuning slide brace on the YTR-9335CHS and YTR-9445CHS are similar when the slide is extended for tuning, so that consistent playability is achieved when switching between Bb and C trumpets.
1st Valve Slide
The first valve side has a special brace for a stronger focus to the core of the tone, resulting in unparalleled definition and clarity.
3rd Valve Slide
The 3rd valve slide stopper position is designed to allow the slide to be extended sufficiently to achieve accurate low F pitch. The button at the tip of the slide and the quarter circle stopper ring help to fine-tune the playing resistance for superior comfort and playability.
The slide stopper is designed to prevent the trumpet slide from falling off. The slide stopper is made of silicone rubber that will not harm the finish. Providing both strength and elasticity, it can remain attached to the instrument during performance. (Length: 12 cm)
TRC-801E double case that can be carried in your hand, over your shoulder, or like a backpack.
John Hagstrom （Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
John Hagstrom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's trumpet section since 1996, when he won the audition for fourth trumpet. A year later, he won the second trumpet position, carrying on the tradition of brass section teamwork for which the CSO is famous. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he was principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, and served as assistant professor of trumpet at Wichita State University.
A native Chicagoan, Hagstrom grew up listening to the CSO. Five years of study at the Eastman School of Music were followed by six years in "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he spent three of those years as principal trumpet. His many solo appearances with the band included four national concert tours and the Camp David wedding of President Bush's daughter, Dorothy.
Recent recordings featuring John Hagstrom include his performance of the Bellini Oboe Concerto and the Sachse Concertino with the Chicago Brass Choir. He also can be heard as lead trumpet on Daniel Barenboim's recording on the Teldec label entitled 'Tribute to Ellington'.