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Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:25:11 PM »
Are the engineers at Yamaha bored with making "perfect" saxes and clarinets?

Yamaha's vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzHasH3Acxw

 Sax UK's vid here: https://youtu.be/85_73iAm-sU

Another vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYLoUi0Ldhk




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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 08:28:49 PM »
It looks neat,  but I'm not a fan of the sound from what is in the video... I am a fan of Yamaha products, in general, though.   I have a Yamaha CS Bb clarinet I got new in the '90s.  Excellent workmanship and intonation.  Any other Yamaha instruments I've tried were impressive, from alto sax to acoustic guitar.
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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 02:18:58 AM »
The interesting thing the "branched pipe" thing.  They appear to have made a cylindrical tube that overblows at the octave like a flute but with a reed mouthpiece.  I don't recall ever coming across an instrument that works like this before.

The wiggly tube reminds me of the Papalini bass clarinet.

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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 09:42:58 AM »
I'm sure it is much easier to make a straight tube, but not necessarily easier to play a straight tube, particularly with simple finger holes. This one has a few keys.

It's very interesting how these were constructed and how the bore must have been carved out in two halves that were sealed together with something. I wonder the builders used to hold the halves together?

And with so many more holes than fingers, it is shaped so that various parts of the hand are used to seal the tone holes. There are vestiges of that type of design in early key work, where the side of the hand or side of a finger can more easily operate a key than the finger tip. Throat trills are the most obvious but on older key work there are other examples.
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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 06:27:39 PM »
The interesting thing the "branched pipe" thing.  They appear to have made a cylindrical tube that overblows at the octave like a flute but with a reed mouthpiece.  I don't recall ever coming across an instrument that works like this before.

The wiggly tube reminds me of the Papalini bass clarinet.

That Papalini is instrumental art, Wow!
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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 02:08:43 AM »
The cornett and serpent were also constructed in two halves and glued together.  They were also covered in thin leather, presumably to help avoid glue failure. Papalini found another way.  If you look closely at the edges you can see that there are several dowels through it.

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Re: Yamaha Venova - the 'casual' wind instument
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 06:50:35 AM »
Ooooooh!  takemymoney.gif


The video reminds me of the ones made by MAYWADENKI, inventor of the Otamatone, and other things, such as this rig for a pair of Temple Blocks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsigWBnIix8
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