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Yamaha Making Trombones

MAKING TROMBONES

A video featuring Douglas Yeo

In August 2004, I traveled to Hamamatsu, Japan, where I visited the Yamaha Toyooka Factory and made a video which details the process of making a Yamaha trombone. This FREE 14 minute long video can be viewed on the Yamaha Corporation of America website - just click on the image above or CLICK HERE to go to the Yamaha website to view the video.

Once at the video page, you will have two options: if you have a dial up connection, click on the link for the 56k version of the video; if you have a cable modem or DSL or other high speed internet access, click on the 300k version of the video. Flashplayer 7 is required to view the video; there is a link on the Yamaha video page which will allow you to download Flashplayer (it is free) if you need it.

Making this video was great fun for me as I saw firsthand the process - from design to final product - that brings a Yamaha trombone to life. Viewers will also see me playing some unusual instruments Yamaha has made including an F bass trombone, a buccin (a form of trombone made in the 18th and 19th centuries with a zoomorphic head for a bell) and a copy of the seven-belled, six-valved trombone made by Adolphe Sax. I hope you will enjoy the video. Knowing a bit about the manufacturing process has made me appreciate even more the fine craftsmanship that goes into the making of a Yamaha trombone.

Douglas Yeo and Yoshihiro Takahashi

Douglas Yeo with Yamaha trombone designer Yoshihiro Takahashi
at the Yamaha Toyooka Factory, Hamamatsu, Japan, 2004.


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