Jens at the Yamaha factory

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  1. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't know how many of us have seen this...

    Jens Lindemann, Yamaha trumpet artist visiting the factory.

    Better than the Mr. Rogers video and featuring some of Jens' playing.

    Nice touch playing "Let's Go Blue" (U of Michigan) at the end Jens!

    www.trumpetsolo.com Click on Yamaha factory tour.

    Thanks for the video Jens, great website!

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  2. talcito

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    Nice video.......I was pretty sure Mr. Rogers was going to make an appearance at some point!

    It would be interesting to see a video by someone like Eclipse or Lawler and compare how the custom makers differ in their process to mass produced instruments like Yamaha.

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  3. Solar Bell

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    Ok, first we ned some curry....

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  4. ROGERIO

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    Thanks Chuck. Nice clip. Jens has such a great personality... great for something like this. And it goes without saying... fantastic trumpeter and musician.

    Aside from the common process of manufacturing, it would be interesting to know just how much Renold Schilke contributed to the Yamaha line of trumpets and how much they came up with on their own.

    Again, thanks for posting the link.
     
  5. rowuk

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    There is still a lot of hands on with the Yamaha pro instruments!
     
  6. Reverend

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    Isn't Yamaha closing its US factories and shipping their business back overseas? Did I not hear this correctly?

    I think this is the article:


    Contact: Terry Lewis/Yamaha Corporation of America
    (714) 522-9011 ([email protected])

    Release Date: February 7, 2007

    YAMAHA TO CLOSE TWO U.S. MANUFACTURING FACILITIES


    BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha Corporation of America today announced it will close two facilities and consolidate its musical instrument manufacturing operations in Asia. The closures are part of a long-term plan to enhance Yamaha’s competitive position in an increasingly aggressive global musical products market.
    The facilities, Yamaha Music Manufacturing, Inc. (YMM) in Thomaston, Georgia, and Yamaha Musical Products, Inc. (YMP) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will cease operations March 30 and April 27, 2007, respectively. These factories currently manufacture Yamaha’s renowned line of acoustic pianos, professional audio speakers and woodwind, brasswind and percussion musical instruments.
    Mr. Yoshihiro Doi, president, Yamaha Corporation of America made the announcement to all employees and to those directly affected, with sadness and regret.
    “We have worked long and hard together here in the U.S. to manufacture the world’s finest musical instruments. I am proud of our people and their achievements, and I deeply appreciate their commitment and loyalty to Yamaha,†said Doi. “I am equally grateful for the support of the local communities in which these plants have thrived for a combined sixty years of commitment here in the United States.â€
    “We must take this action in light of market realities and new, fierce international competition,†he added.
    The closings will affect approximately 380 employees in the two locations. The company will provide the employees with a comprehensive separation package.


    Yamaha will move its manufacturing operations to existing company-owned overseas facilities but remains committed to marketing and to continuing its traditional high level of service support to its products in the United States. Also, as part of this restructuring, Yamaha Exporting, Inc. (YEI) will be integrated into an exporting department of Yamaha’s Operations Division, effective April 1, and the Band & Orchestral Custom Shop and parts will be relocated to Yamaha Corporation of America headquarters in Buena Park, California. YMP and YMM finished goods and warranty services will be relocated to other locations to be disclosed at a later date.
    Mr. Doi says the musical products industry, especially in traditional instruments such as pianos, wind and percussion instruments, has become increasingly challenging due to the emergence of new, aggressive global competition, notably from manufacturers based in China. Additionally, many established competitors based in the U.S. have already shifted large portions or, in some cases, their entire production to sources outside the U.S.
    The closures, he said, are being made with extreme reluctance, but are necessary to ensure Yamaha’s and its retailers’ competitiveness and continued growth in the musical products marketplace.


    Hopefully they will be able to maintain their quality!

    Blessings,
     
  7. rowuk

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    We will never know for sure how much Schilke gave Yamaha. Probably doesn't matter anyway. They had their masters also trained in Germany at the music instrument institute in Ludwigsburg, so they have the best of everything the world has to offer. Back in the 80's there were several common features, but I don't see anything similar except the mouthpiece size designation anymore.
     

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