The "New York" Series

The New York Series was developed in cooperation with Robert Sullivan, former associate principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, and David Bilger, principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Based on traditional styling with advanced refinements, the New York Series offers superb presence and brilliance with solid playing resistance. The YTR-9445NYS-YM model, a C trumpet, features a YM bell for even clearer, tighter tone, and is a favorite with the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section.

Valve Casing

Based on new findings acquired through research into vintage trumpets, the dimensions and thickness of parts of the valve casing have been revised for the 2019 model. The refined valve casing and lightweight pistons work together to deliver significantly improved response for even greater clarity in detailed passages.

Water Key Cork

A new rubber cork material* that is more resistant to deterioration over time is used for the water key seal. These modifications contribute to improved definition, projection, and response.

* Rubber cork: Cork particles are evenly distributed through a synthetic rubber, achieving greater compression resilience than conventional cork.

Bell Design

The bell features a design that is narrower toward the valve casing, and a square-cornered bell bow that provides the performer with ideal blowing resistance. The combination of the gently flared YS4 bell and MC2 leadpipe produces powerful tone with a solid core.

Note: The bell has not been changed in the 2019 model. “YS” has been added to the model name to differentiate it from the YTR-9445NYS-YM version.

French Bead 

Unlike traditional methods where a round rim curl is used, a French bead is an advanced technique that matches the curl to the shape of a semi-cylindrical rim and is characterized by improved feedback of sound to the performer.


Utilizing a leadpipe that is thicker than former designs, an original style Malone Pipe™ (MC2), and a lighter mouthpiece receiver, we have achieved improved tone and response while providing the performer with ideal blowing resistance. A finger hook that is not soldered to the leadpipe is provided. You will hear and feel the difference in tone quality and response. The MC2 leadpipe works in combination with the bell to provide solid playing resistance.

Malone Pipe™

Based on leadpipes designed by renowned brass instrument artisan Bob Malone, the Malone Pipe™ is available in several keys, offering quick response, superior intonation and unparalleled evenness of tone: Originally a trumpet player himself, Bob Malone opened his own custom brass shop in Los Angeles in 1983. Trumpeters flocked to his shop to have him personally customize their horns. His original leadpipe design has enjoyed wide acclaim and is still held in high regard among trumpet players. Since Bob joined Yamaha’s Research and Development team in 2001, his Malone Pipe™ design has made its way into a number of Xeno Artist models and Custom series instruments. Rich and brilliant tone with excellent projection, the Malone Pipe™ brings total expression to your music.

Water Key

The Xeno Artist Model trumpet water key contributes to musical resonance in a significant way. The weight distribution of the water key arm and saddle improve playability and response while enhancing high resister accessibility.

3rd Valve Slide

The 3rd valve slide position is designed to allow the slide to be extended enough so that accurate low F pitch can be achieved. The button at the tip of the slide and the quarter circle stopper ring help to fine-tune the playing resistance for superior comfort and playability.

Slide Stopper

The slide stopper is designed to prevent the trumpet slide from falling off. The slide stopper is made of silicone rubber that will not harm the finish. Providing both strength and elasticity, it can remain attached to the instrument during performance. (Length: 12 cm)


TRC-801E double case that can be carried in your hand, over your shoulder, or like a backpack.

Development Artist

Robert Sullivan (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Robert Sullivan rejoins the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras as principal trumpet for the 2018-2019 season after a 5 year absence. His first tenure in the CSO was from 2008-2013. Robert served as Professor of Trumpet at Northwestern University from 2013-2018. During his years at Northwestern, Robert was a regular performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previous to his first tenure in Cincinnati, Robert served as Associate Principal Trumpet in the New York Philharmonic for eleven seasons and the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Principal Trumpet for 5 years. Robert has been on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston.

Robert began playing trumpet at age ten in the Norwood, Massachusetts public school system, and while in high school became associate principal trumpet in the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. Later, while a student of Armando Ghitalla at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree, he was featured soloist with many of the University ensembles. He was winner of the concerto competition at the National Music Camp, Interlochen, Associate First Trumpet with the All-American College Band of Disneyland, and winner of the Armando A. Ghitalla Fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood. He was later a member and soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., as well as an extra player in the National Symphony. After leaving the Air Force, Robert became solo trumpet in the Chicago Chamber Brass.

Robert is an active recitalist and clinician; he toured the U.S. for two seasons with the trumpet and organ duo "Toccatas and Flourishes," and his recitals as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston have been recorded and broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Recent solo performances have included appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Hilton Head Symphony under the baton of John Morris Russell. As a member of the Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic, Robert performed recitals throughout Europe, South America, and Asia, and collaborated on concerts with the Canadian Brass and the German Brass. He has also performed and recorded with the Summit Brass and Empire Brass, as well as dozens of Hollywood film scores.

In November 2000, Robert received a special citation from the Congress of the United States in recognition of community service. Two recordings featuring Robert and pianist James Rensink, "Treasures for Trumpet" and "Kaleidoscope," are available on the Summit Records, and a new recording of solo trumpet and piano repertoire will be released in the spring of 2019.

Development Artist

David Bilger (The Philadelphia Orchestra)

Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.

As a soloist, Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include 2013 performances of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, a 2008 US Premiere of Herbert Willi’s “Eirene” for trumpet and orchestra as well as performances of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities.

Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties The Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and was a former faculty member of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute most recently at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mr. Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois.