Yamaha Superstore in Sapporo Disappoints

Posted: January 31, 2010 in Gadget Talk

I hate to say it – but it would seem that the recession has even hit the world of trumpet playing.

I was last in the Yamaha super store here in Sapporo in Jan/Feb 2008.

At that stage they had an excellent selection of horns – and at that time I pretty much tried them all, and had a blast in the process.

This time round – I couldn’t believe the difference.

I was hoping to check out the new YTR-6330B Till Broner Model, and perhaps if I was lucky even the newly released Yamaha Shew and Bergeron flugels.

Alas, I was met with pretty much a stock standard selection of 8335’s, 850’s and the 8310Z and the 8340 Miyashiro model.

In fact the only special model in there was the Black 2009 Bobby Shew 8310Z

As for flugels there were zero on hand……zero!

I’m not sure how they intent to actually sell any if there are zero to test.

To really rub it in though they had a number of other brands of trumpet on hand and were selling them – I saw Stomvi,  B&S and Bach and Jupiter to name a few. I guess there’s not enough money to be made in their own product?

Bizzare.

Based on what was onhand I decided to leave my Harrelson in the case and not test anything available.

Hopefully Tokyo will prove more fruitful when I visit on the 17th of next month.

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