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Yamaha YHR-881 Custom B-Flat/F Alto Descant French Horn

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  • $8,739.99
  • Regular price MSRP: $12,638.00

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About the Yamaha YHR-881 Custom Bb/F Alto Descant French HornCustom "Descant" horn features light responsive action.

This custom "Descant" horn features light responsive action.


  • Hand-lapped rotary valves and slides - Rotary valves and slides that have been hand-lapped are airtight and have smooth action.
  • Articulated key levers - Articulated key levers have responsive motion.
  • Hammered and annealed bell - Hammering and annealing are processes so important to the instrument's acoustic characteristics that Yamaha employs computer-controlled equipment to ensure consistently superior sound. Hammering enables bells to have a rich, resonant tone that blends beautifully with other instruments. Annealing is a cooling and heating process that makes it easier to control the acoustics of the instrument.
  • Phosphor bronze rotors - Rotors made of phosphor bronze resist corrosion.
  • Cyclical bore - A cyclical bore is a perfectly cylindrical tubing assembly in combination with a conical leadpipe and bell system. This allows for consistent air flow throughout the horn.
  • Tapered valves - Tapered valves wear for a long time without air leakage.
  • Secure note centers
  • Accurate pitch
  • Even response
  • Tonal clarity and flexibility - The tonal clarity and flexibility of the YHR-881 makes it ideal for baroque music, chamber music, and orchestral music because it overcomes the low-range difficulties typical of descant horns by additionally serving as a single Bb horn. The YHR-882 improves on this feature even further by adding the F natural valve to give more body to the tone in the low register.
  • Long rotor valve - The innovative thumb valve configuration on the YHR-881 replaces linked valves, thereby reducing friction, promoting faster response, producing exquisite sound, and improving hand comfort.
  • Excellent sound in all registers - The combination of the secure high register, strong projection, and quick attack of the Bb horn with the rich, warm timbre of the F horn make the double horn ideal for most playing situations.


  • Level: Custom Descant
  • Key: Bb/ F Alto
  • Style: Descant
  • Bore: 0.472"
  • Bell Diameter: 12 1/8"
  • Bell Throat: Medium small / Medium large
  • Leadpipe Material: Gold Brass
  • Body/ Bell Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Type: Fixed
  • Finish: Unlacquered
  • Mouthpiece: 32C4
  • Rotors: (5) Hollow Phosphor Bronze
  • Rotor Casing: Nickel Silver
  • Lever Action: Mechanical
  • Water Key: Yes
  • Patented "Dual Plane" 4th rotor; F natural 5th valve

Manufacturer: Yamaha
Model: YHR-881
Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
SKU: I034341-N-0
UPC: 086792502892