Review: Yamaha Allegro Trumpet, YTR 5335G

My review of an excellent playing trumpet – Yamaha’s Allegro. Marketed as an intermediate horn, this is a very nice playing trumpet. If bought at a reasonable price one may have outstanding value in a trumpet. Superb valve action, great slides, excellent finish… A very fine trumpet ~ Jonathan Milam

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erichjlueer says:

This is the trumpet I use and is is just as amazing as described only problem so far is when I put my valves in they don’t always lock in the position they Need to be in, also spit likes to collect in my first valve slide and first valve

Fletch Lives Daily says:

Great vid. I am searching for a trumpet, in silver, for my 7th grade boy. He loves the band and is 2nd chair. He is currently using a cheaper rental and wants an upgrade. SHould we try to get an intermediate trumpet like this one, or spend more for a pro? Thanx

erichjlueer says:

Any tips on how to make the valves a little harder to push down

Ian Walker says:

wow,Your pretty good i’m 13 do you have any advice to help with my rang the highest I can play is a B above the staff. 

Evan Brisson says:

I bought this trumpet for my freshman year of college (music major). From playing on an old rusty Getzen to playing this horn, I can definitely feel the difference and I am loving this horn. However, will this horn be acceptable in the next step up of concert performance? Post grad etc.

Joe Mama says:

i am currently looking for a new trumpet i am going to be 1st chair next year and am currently in high school the music we play is rather difficult as the standards are set high so i need a good responsive trumpet, do you have any suggestions?

James Duffy says:

That tuning slide reminds me of someone in my band that had a Blessing XL-TR Bb Trumpet, where the tuning slide was silver plated.

Jonathan Milam says:

I’ve used a ton of different mouthpieces over the years. At one time I used a Bach 1, then a 2. For years I liked Warburton’s 4 series, maybe like your Bach 3C. Finally, I started experimenting with smaller pieces and have liked them better. Ususally, though, the bigger the mouthpiece the better tone you get; deeper, darker and more volume. The 3C is used by some absolutely top pros – I think that’s what Arturo Sandoval uses – and he may be the best trumpeter alive right now.

erichjlueer says:

I like a Vincent Bach 3c

Jonathan Milam says:

Yes, Joe; I do. Visit this page and send me a message – along with your email. I’ll send you a lengthy reply with some good ideas for you. If that won’t work I can abbreviate my thoughts here, but please send me a message at the contact page at JonathanMilam . com (remove spaces)

Glad to hear you’ve worked yourself up to first chair; that’s good. I’ve run across a lot of ideas since high school but few of them are much different from what my High School band director suggested. Congrats!

timogerwin76 says:

Yeah thats a little bit strange

Jonathan Milam says:

Eric; Greetings. I use a smaller mouthpiece, it would be about the size of a Bach 10-1/2. The maker is “Marcinkiewicz” and I usually use his Shew 1.75 or 1.5. His 6-9 pieces are about the same rim but with a deeper cup and, I think, a slightly larger backbore. Lots of his, and other, mouthpieces, available at TrumpetHerald . com – a great forum for trumpeters. And yes, this horn is a fine player. Thanks for the comments!

Tracer Hayden says:

Hey, it’s me again.
I do think they still make this horn, as it is still on their website. I had a chance to use this excellent horn for a while. I marched in Impulse, Drum and Bugle Coprs, and they use yamahas. They had 11 Xeno’s and 1 allegro, which is the one I used. It was very reliable and have one of the best sounds out of all of the sopranos. However, towards the end of my tour across the western part of the country, the 3rd valve suddenly became hard to use. I had to oil it 5 times during warm ups before shows, and got really frustrated with it. There was no damage to the valve casing to my knowledge. So I suspect after using it in hot weather for too long, the valve starts to slack. Just thought I’d point that out.

Jonathan Milam says:

Evan; Greetings.  Here’s what I think: Very few people, if any, in a blind test would be able to tell the difference between the tone of a Yamaha 5335 and a Yamaha 8— series.  Still, I’ve heard (just heard, no personal experience here) that some professors prefer their upper class students to have certain instruments.  So, it’ll probably depend on the professor you get and exactly what they want and what they pressure you to get.  

I think many pro’s feel that their is a big difference between a starter horn, like a Yamaha 2335, and a pro horn, like a Yamaha 8335.  Many pros (but not all) feel that some intermediate horns, like this 5335G, may play almost as well as a pro horn.  Again, much will depend on who your instructor is and what they want.
  
I almost never buy new horns for two reasons; 1 – they’re awfully hard to break in (valves, slides, etc.) and 2 – they’re just soooo expensive.  I’m perfectly happy buying a used Bach Stradivarius for $800 – $1,000 but paying full price of $2,400 would bother me immensely.  While I bought new horns when I was younger – I just won’t do it now (unless it’s a phenomenal deal and a really hard horn to find).  I’ve bought several Strad horns from $400 to $800.  So, if you’re instructor wants you to buy a pro horn – you don’t have to go new.  If you choose to sell your Yamaha 5335 to get a pro horn you may only be a few hundred dollars to step up the ladder once again.  

Good luck, Evan; thanks for listening and contributing here.  

Jonathan Milam says:

Yes, I suppose I could. Most trumpeters think that’s cool. In one video I do go to an F over high C; no need for much more than that although it can be fun. My family doesn’t care a lot for high note playing; most folks that don’t play trumpet seem to find the lower range a bit more appreciable. Thanks for the thought – I’ll try and add some upper range for ‘ya.

Jonathan Milam says:

Ian; Thank you.  I’ve got a long way to go – but I’m working at it and having a blast.  Advice to help your range…  Yes; I’ll give you a few tips I’ve picked up.  One of the great trumpeters of the 1900’s, Rafael Mendez, said this, “…Scales, scales and more scales!”  That’s such a big part of playing.  I start at the low Gb and do every scale up as high as I can go.  Tongue, slur it, but do it as well as you can every time.  

Then I read a guy (at Trumpetherald.com) that said the one thing that helped his range most in college was lip trills and pedal tones.  Take a C in the staff and slur up to an E in the staff and back down…. Do it in quarter notes, then eighth notes, then sixteenths; as fast and as slow as you can.  Then play a low C – below your lowest Gb.  That way your taxing your upper range (and building muscle with the lip trills up there) and loosening up your low range with pedal tones.  I’ll make a vid and put it up here for you within a couple days, ok?  

By the way – nice touch on the piano!  🙂  

Dave Wilson says:

Thank you for this video. Your review helped me with deciding to purchase this horn. Hopefully, I haven’t been scammed, but I purchased a “brand new” one, on-line from a company in Germany. Cost was right around $1050, which I thought was a pretty good deal.  Again,… I hope I haven’t been scammed.  Will let you know the outcome. (The site was Thomann (dot) de . )

ThEKiinGundPriiNz says:

i´ve got the trumpet und its really nice but you should try to play higher for your subscribers on a review^^

erichjlueer says:

What size and brand mouth piece do you use

Jonathan Milam says:

The Bach 3C is an excellent mouthpiece. It’s just a bit large for me; I lose about too much range. I’ve always wondered if that’s because of my mouth size, teeth and so on or if I just don’t practice enough. Since I’ve started using a smaller piece (about equal to a Bach 10-1/2D or so, my range has gone up about 1/2 an octave. Still, I do like the bigger sound of the larger mouthpiece. Good luck with the 3C – it does yield an excellent sound when one can handle it.

erichjlueer says:

I use of this trumpet for high school marching band and I agree about the valves there so Smooth

esteban javier Malecki says:

Según dicen los que saben que, las Trompetas Yamaha, que las series 5xxx en adelante, son todas buenas y muy buenas. Las serie 1xxx o 2xxx, son muy duras y pesadas como un adoquín!! Esas son de estudio; las que mencioné al principio son profesionales. Yo tengo una YTR6320S y la verdad es que es muy cómoda y liviana!
Saludos a todos desde La Plata – Buenos Aires – Argentina!!

erichjlueer says:

+Jonathan Milam the 3c is great I have a very large mouth so I need the size of the 3c but I might get the Bach 1c soon the allegro still works great only two problems so far, for one spit seems to collect in my first valve slide and two spit collects in my first valve .
Also have you ever herd of a mouth piece manufacturer by the name benge if so are they worth keeping because I recently found a benge 7c

timogerwin76 says:

Thats a great video and a great trumpet thats true but that is not the 5335 (g) it is the 5335 (gs) there are some differents between this two trumpets because the g sound a little bit warmer and is desined in gold 🙂
Sorry for my englisch its not so good but i hope that all understand it

erichjlueer says:

Has any one herd of a benge 7c before I recently found on and wonders if it is worth keeping

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