Product Spotlight Posts

Product Spotlight – Yamaha Xeno Artist Trumpets

Yamaha recently released a series of extraordinary trumpets developed with world-renowned performers. These “Xeno Artist” trumpets are some of the finest instruments in the world and showcase the beautiful delights that can be achieved when world-class engineering meets world class craftsmanship. The Chicago and New York artist series trumpets were designed with input from a number of world-class players and demonstrates the absolute best in sound quality, playability, and construction. Paige’s Music has three of these extraordinary instruments available for purchase and we highly encourage you to audition them in our store. Included below are the highlights that make these instruments unique. If you have other questions, please call your Sales Associate at 1.800.382.1099 or stop by our store in Indianapolis.

Xeno Artist Model “Chicago” C Trumpet (YTR-9445CHSII)

Developed with John Hagstrom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago series focuses on achieving the ideal blowing resistance and weight balance creating an instrument that is not just easy to play, but also provides delicate response when playing pianissimo and powerful presence when playing fortissimo. Every component of the instrument contains the input of artists from around the world, allowing us to create a highly evolved Chicago trumpet.

Vandoren Clarinet Reed Guide

One of the questions we frequently we receive is “which reed is best for me?” Vandoren has forged a reputation as an elite maker of quality reeds for clarinet and saxophone that work right out of the box. Each type of reed is designed with a specific sound quality in mind. If you were wondering what each reed is designed for, here is a detailed description for each type of reed!

Traditional

The most widely played reeds in the world with a superiority proven over the years, these reeds suit all styles of music. Traditionals famous for their excellent response in all registers, allowing a pianissimo attack in even the highest notes. They are also extremely flexible, allowing the legato or staccato execution of large intervals while maintaining a richness of tone that gives body and clarity to the sound, which is a hallmark of Vandoren reeds.

Being A Yamaha Shokunin Dealer

Yamaha Shokunin

Earlier this year, Paige’s Music became a Shokunin Select Dealer.  What does Shokunin mean? Yamaha phrases it as:

Shokunin

(sho-ku-neen) Japanese (n) craftsman, artisan.

“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.”- Toshio Odate

Shokunin logoAt Paige’s Music, we feature Yamaha’s highest quality instruments elegantly crafted by Yamaha’s finest luthiers. In the process of designing each Shokunin instrument, each instrument serves as a laboratory for new designs, new features, and a new approach the instrument itself. These instruments are the most innovative and are often the birthplace for features that you will see across the Yamaha range in the future. Let’s take a closer look at some very special members of the Yamaha family.