Yamaha YHR-882G Double Descant Bb/High F French Horn

Custom Series model in Unlacquered finish - Fixed Gold Brass Bell with 6 Valves

YHR-882G Double Descant Bb/High F French Horn
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(Photo shows YHR-881 in Clear lacquer finish)

Custom "Descant" horn features light responsive action.

[NOTE: The YHR-882G is available by Special Order only]

Yamaha's descant horns are handmade and meticulously crafted to perfection by experienced artisans. They offer the sure attacks and control of a descant horn, yet are capable of producing the big full sound of an orchestral horn. They feature accurate pitch, even response, and enough tonal flexibility to play anything from Baroque solos to full-bore Romantic compositions. Yamaha's patented 'long rotor' valve, along with an ingenious tubing configuration makes them comfortable to hold and play. The 882 is the same with an F natural valve to extend range


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 centres

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-882 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 and quick attack of the descant horn with the rich, warm timbre of the single Bb horn make the double descant horn ideal for many playing situations.


Body Body finish Unlacquered
Body material Yellow brass
Valve casings Nickel silver
Number of Valves 6 rotary valves
Lever Action String
Bell Bell Type Mechanical
Bell Flare Medium-Small
Bore 12mm (0.472")
Key of Instrument Bb (A+, F Natural)/High F
Included Accessories Mouthpiece 30C4
Product IDYAM-YHR882G
Limited Shipping Please note that we are only able to supply this item within the UK, Republic of Ireland and Republic of Malta.