Over the weekend a few bored friends of mine and I charged into the local music store to get some free thrills (aka play tested a couple of horns). Upon my entrance, I noticed the Yamaha Xeno on display, with a blunt $3200 price tag sitting beside it. Needless to say I was intrigued. Over all I found the horn quite limiting. First off the back pressure was a let down, as it was not near as free flowing as my beloved Bach Strad. It improved my range, but hampered my tone, an unacceptable trade off. Valve action was also a disappointment. The action seemed a tad unpredictable, with a change in resistance through the duration of the action. In other words, the valves got easier to push when they were about half way down, which I found quite odd. I wasn't impressed with the finish, or the case. Overall I was simply disappointed. After about 45min on the Xeno I picked my Bach back up (which I brought with me) to cheer me up again. Anybody else have an oppinion on this horn? Did I just not give it a fair enough chance?