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A video demonstration of this horn can be seen at this link.


This Yamaha YHR-881 descant horn is quite the instrument. It is in excellent used condition, plays extremely smoothly and has a gorgeous sound. It really is a joy to play! It has been professionally inspected and tested in my shop, and is ready for professional use.


This horn is unlacquered, and features a stopping valve along with the normal Bb/F-alto setup of a descant horn. There is a main tuning slide on the Bb side, and the leadpipe is also tunable. The design of this horn features a tall rotary valve in the center of the horn for the change valve.


The valves on this horn are amazing. The action is very light and fast. The change valve trigger has had a piece professionally soldered on by Dr. John Ericson, the professor of horn at ASU and also one of the owners/writers of It looks and works very nice and makes the horn a good deal more comfortable to hold.


This horn comes with its original Yamaha case in excellent used condition. No mouthpiece is included. In the playtest video I used a Houser SF 14-0-2 that worked great.


Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Yamaha YHR-881 Descant Horn - Amazing Horn!

  • This instrument may be returned up to one week after the horn is delivered. If the horn is returned, the customer will be responsible for all shipping costs. If the instrument is damaged in the posession of the customer, all repairs will be the sole responsilbility of the customer.

  • All instruments from Boyd's Brass come with free shipping to the lower 48 US states. If you are outside of this region, please contact us for a shipping quote.

    See return policy for more details if the instrument is returned.

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