[Dixielandjazz] Yammie 691 vs. 697Z

Martin Nichols marnichols at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 13 13:13:15 PDT 2006

Mike wrote:"Other than the bore size is there any difference between the Yamaha 691 
& 691Z? I believe the Yamaha 691 was the trombone that J.J Johnson 
played in his last few years. When I saw Curtis Fuller here in Denver 
was also playing a Yamaha.

  I have seen and played the ysl 697z in a shop locally. I didn't like it compared to my 653 and my new 691.
  The "Z" is Yamaha's shot at the "small jazz horn" craze going around imo.  It is very light weight and meant to 
  compare with the small King 2B series. Smaller bell, bore, etc. The one i played had a terrible slide.
  I really like my new 691 which is the later version of the 653. My only reservation on the 691 is the interchangeable lead pipes (mouthpipes). i have to own it longer to get a handle on that. The  funny part of it, imo, is everyone seems to have a different "story" about which pipe is the more "open", or "closed", etc. etc. LOL. One pro I know of said the #3 was "in between" #1 and #2 in size. That doesn't make a lot of sense, but then- Who Knows?
  Marty Nichols

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