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The Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601

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28 Jun 2022 23:04 #1891 by Timothy Tolzmann
The Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601 was created by Timothy Tolzmann
Does anyone have information about the Yamaha YHR-601 horn? It is a model on the Yamaha United States website. I have realized that the single Bb horn is the type for me. I started on a single F horn in 1964. Didn't have a double horn until about ten years ago. I got a single Bb horn about four years ago, but had it only a few months. Got another in April 2022. I just can't seem to use a double horn in rapid passages. Remembering two sets of fingerings and using the thumb for fingering are beyond me, except when improvising, which I do by myself sometimes. The light weight and the simplicity of the single Bb horn that I have really inspire me. Mine is still out for some soldering. Will get it back on July 1st. It is the Yamaha YHR-321. A beginner's horn. Someday I may be seriously in the market for a professional level single Bb horn. Is the YHR-601 an "all-around" horn?

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02 Jul 2022 12:33 #1892 by Jay Kosta
First-off, the typical 'Vienna horn' is a single F (not Bb), and from description and pictures of the YHR-601, it is a single F.
My 'never played one' understanding of Vienna horns is that their sound can be somewhat different than typical orchestra double horns. I'm sure it could be used as a 'general purpose' horn for most amateur situations, but it might not be ideal - different tone quality, and loudness.

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15 Jul 2022 10:53 #1895 by Elaine K Braun
Replied by Elaine K Braun on topic The Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601
Also since the valve action is different, it reacts differently. Really smooth slurs though.

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15 Jul 2022 14:46 #1896 by Timothy Tolzmann
Replied by Timothy Tolzmann on topic The Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601
Thank you, Jay. It hadn't occurred to me that it would be a single F horn. I've seen the Vienna Philharmonic playing on television, and the entire horn section were playing those horns. I wonder if they can play the high range easily compared to Bb or double F and Bb horns.

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15 Jul 2022 14:53 #1897 by Timothy Tolzmann
Replied by Timothy Tolzmann on topic The Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601
Thank you, Elaine. The single F horn is really fun for me to play. I haven't had one in good condition since the 1980's. The fact that the Yamaha Vienna Philharmonic Horn, Model YHR-601 produces really smooth slurs sounds great. Such passages were very inspiring--with wide slurs (legato leaps) to play.

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16 Jul 2022 05:54 #1898 by Jay Kosta
High range is typically played more easily and more reliably on the shorter Bb instrument (or Bb side of double). The longer F horn is often viewed as having a more mellow than the Bb - but it all depends on the skill and tone-concept of the individual player, either horn can sound very good.

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