Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Trumpet Review

Yamaha YTR-8310Z Bobby Shew Trumpet

The Yamaha YTR8310Z Bobby Shew trumpet (or the 'Z' as it is known) was born of Yamaha's long and close relationship with the legendary trumpeter Bobby Shew.

An incredibly versatile player, Bobby Shew was looking for an efficient trumpet that could belt out a powerful lead or play a soft mellow ballad. Working with Yamaha trumpet designer Shunichi Niwata and R&D specialist Bob Malone, the original Z was modified to meet Bobby Shew's playing needs, and in doing so a versatile, lightweight professional trumpet that's perfect for just about any venue was created.

The Yamaha Bobby Shew trumpet is a best seller on our list of the best professional trumpets and our top 15 best trumpets list.

Yamaha Bobby Shew Trumpet

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Yamaha Bobby Shew Trumpet Features

  • Light-weight body design
  • Large bell flare and stepped medium to large bore tuning slide produce a big, warm sound with little effort.
  • One-pieced, hand-hammered, yellow brass bell and one-piece, drawn, gold brass leadpipe for superior projection and outstanding response.
  • Monel pistons resist corrosion and retain smooth action and precise fit.
  • Hand-lapped slides and pistons smooth air flow and action improving intonation and response.

Customers give the Bobby Shew a perfect 5.0 (out of 5.0) rating on most major retailer sites.

Yamaha Bobby Shew Trumpet Specifications

Key: Bb
Bore: 0.445-inch stepped bore
Leadpipe: One-piece drawn Gold Brass
Bell: 5-inch one-piece hammered Yellow Brass
Valves: Monel Piston
1st Valve Slide Adjustment: Thumb Saddle
3rd Valve Slide Adjustment: Fixed Ring
Case: Deluxe Wood Case
Mouthpiece: Yamaha Bobby Shew Signature
Finish: Gold Lacquer or Silver-plate

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About Bobby Shew

Bobby ShewBobby Shew began playing the trumpet at ten and by thirteen was playing at local dances with a number of bands.

Shew was drafted into the U.S. Army and played trumpet with the NORAD band in Colorado Springs and on tour. After leaving the Army, Shew joined Tommy Dorsey's band and then played with the Woody Herman and then the Buddy Rich Big Bands in the mid-to-late 1960s. In 1972 Shew moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles where he did much studio work as well as play with some of the top big bands of the era through the end of the 1970s.

Today, in addition to a busy performing and private teaching schedule, Bobby spends a considerable amount of time actively involved in the educational system, conducting clinics and master classes at high schools and college campuses all over the world.

You get a real sense for just how much Bobby Shew loves playing and teaching the trumpet in this behind the scenes video produced by Yamaha.

In addition to teaching, Bobby also influences young players through the instrument he created with Yamaha, the YTR-8310Z trumpet. “It’s just an incredible instrument,” he says in an Yamaha All Access interview.

“I own 83 horns, including some very rare and collectible instruments, but none of them play anywhere near as well as my Yamahas. The 8310Z was designed for maximum efficiency, because I don’t believe players should have to bust their butts just to play an instrument.”


Reviewer's of this trumpet on several major retail sites just love this lightweight trumpet for ease of play and versatility. A few reviewers did note that the case it comes with is small and not the best, but I think that's a pretty minor issue considering the rave reviews the 'Z' gets.

Here's what a few had to say,

Never looked back!"

"I used to play on Bach strad light-weight with a 72 bell for a bigger sound. It was great. But found myself working harder than I needed at the end of a long night. With the 8310Z, since day one, I noticed I didn't have to use a large air stream. With less effort I achieved same results. I have an increased response throughout the entire range on the horn, from my lowest note to my highest. Makes a GREAT, AWESOME, LEAD trumpet."

The Perfect Trumpet

"I bought the 8310Z a few years ago in silver plating, and I have loved playing every note on it. It's perfectly balanced with smooth operation. The light weight and the little resistance of the horn make transitioning from a C below the staff to a C above the staff as easy as moving from one note to the next note up. Yamaha hit the nail straight on the head while handcrafting this fine trumpet. I will probably never buy a trumpet again, thanks to this Yamaha Z horn."


So is the Yamaha YTR-8310Z worthy of Bobby Shew's name? I think so and here's why. The unique stepped bore and large bell flare makes for a highly versatile trumpet that is easy to play. These features were key in designing the Bobby Shew trumpet so that students and professionals alike wouldn't have to work so hard and could use one trumpet in just about any venue.

Judging by customer reviews, I'd say Yamaha hit the nail on the head with the Bobby Shew Trumpet.

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