If you’re looking for a truly deep soul sound, then this horn might be just the ticket. Although it is aimed at the student market, this horn comes with some serious pro specs. The standard stainless steel coated valves have been upgraded to a more hard wearing variety, and the usual student entry level mouthpiece has been replaced as standard with a Denis Wick 6BS. This together with a 13.5mm bore makes for a free blowing instrument further enhanced by the 240mm bell for that extra rich, warm and full sound. With a lacquer finish, the baritone certainly looks the business, and with a substantial preformed ABS case, shouldn’t meet with any accidents in transit.

This Series 7 Trumpet is an elegant piece of kit and comes with a semi-soft moulded zippered case, with a useful zippered exterior pouch, top and side “grab” handles and shoulder strap. Made for the student and semi-pro markets, it is supplied with a standard 7 mouthpiece and has a Rose Brass lead pipe and bell which gives the instrument a smoother and darker overall delivery than it’s lacquer and silver plated sisters. That said, the Rose Brass has a bright tone and is very responsive, particularly at the bottom end where there is plenty of body. The top end is a little harder to drive, but we still reached top C with ease. Handling is excellent with a good balance, and while the instrument is light, it has a solid, substantial feel which is further enhanced by the quality valve block and the Z bracing. I am not entirely sure about the aesthetic mix of brass, silver brass and rose brass on the instrument – or the "squared off" main front crook, but that’s purely personal. This Rose Brass Series 7 certainly has the potential to deliver, and with a 3 mouthpiece you can get really mellow.

Yamaha continue to extend their trumpet range with the 8310 Z a very lightweight handmade instrument based on the model developed in collaboration with Bobby Shew. Manufactured with the jazz player in mind, a new and unique bell-making process gives it not only a powerful high register with enhanced projection but remarkably also offers the player the opportunity to “hear” what’s coming through.

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