Yamaha today announced the YCH-6018 Intermediate Chimes and the YCH-7018 Professional Chimes, representing a full model change to the company’s orchestral chimes lineup.
Based on in-depth acoustic analysis with feedback from Yamaha Artists, the Yamaha YCH-6018 and YCH-7018 were completely redesigned to deliver rich, fundamental tones and luxurious sustain. The new series was modeled after the elegance and visual appeal of Yamaha grand pianos. Designed with both professional orchestras and school band programs in mind, the larger YCH-7018 provides players with long sustain and a wide dynamic range — giving percussionists the power to stand out in large ensembles, while the YCH-6018 has a lower playing position by 10 centimeters, making the model ideal for players at the intermediate level.
Both models were crafted with a new silver head cap design that results in richer tones, enhanced volume, and improved pitch definition and playability, as well as a redesigned hanger to make playing fast passages much easier. Each model features professionally tuned, lacquered tubes, measuring 1-1/2″ and 1-1/4″ respectively, and offers a full 3-octave (C52-to-F69) range. They include a redesigned chime tube hanging system that is unique to Yamaha, oversize casters for easy transport, a chime mallet and a cover to protect the instrument from dust and scratches. The 7000 Series features a height adjustment capability, while the 6000 Series is slightly lower in height allowing the model to be easily adjusted for players at the school band level. Also available is a six-tube chime stand, the YCHS-7006, to accommodate specialized performances and the new chime mallet, the YCHM-38P.
“This new series of chimes was redesigned to offer music-makers of all backgrounds luxurious sustain, rich tone and improved playability,” said Troy C. Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Whether it be a student in beginning band, a military music program, a professional orchestral member or a band director who has trusted our quality products for years, these chimes will inspire everyone who uses them to create beautiful music.”
Pricing and Availability
The YCH-6018 (MSRP: $7,000), YCH-7018 (MSRP: $9,486), YCHS-7006 (MSRP: $1,864) and YCHM-38P (MSRP: $60.00) will begin shipping in March 2020.
For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth (#1249) at PASIC 2019 in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, November 13-16, or visit https://yamaha.io/CHIMES