Yamaha Venova YVS-100 Woodwind Owner's Manual V2 PDF

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Summary of Content for Yamaha Venova YVS-100 Woodwind Owner's Manual V2 PDF

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Introduction Thank you for purchasing the Yamaha Venova. The Venova is a totally new type of wind instrument that offers expressiveness of single reed instrument using a simple recorder-like fingering system. Compared to conventional wind instruments, it offers easier maintenance and greater durability. Compact and light in weight, the Venova lets you enjoy music anywhere. For instruction on the proper assembly of the instrument, and how to keep the instrument in optimum condition for as long as possible, we urge you to read this Owners Manual throughly. After reading it, please keep it in a safe place for future reference.

* This booklet contains notes on caring for and handling of the Venova. Please refer to the separate booklet Lets play Venova ! for more information on how to play the instrument.


Precautions ................................................................................ 3 Nomenclature ............................................................................. 5 Before Playing............................................................................ 7 After Playing............................................................................... 8 Separately Sold Accessories.................................................... 9

* The Venova is a branched pipe wind instrument manufactured and sold by the Yamaha Corporation. Venova and  are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Yamaha Corporation.

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Please keep this manual in a safe and handy place for future reference.

WARNING Always follow the basic precautions listed below to avoid the possibility of serious injury or even death from electrical shock, short- circuiting, damages, fire or other hazards. These precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Since young children can accidently swallow small parts such as the tone hole adaptor, make sure to keep the instrument away from young children.

CAUTION Always follow the basic precautions listed below to avoid the possibility of physical injury to you or others, or damage to the instrument or other property. These precautions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Never throw the instrument at others or swing the instrument about. Doing so can injure others and may result in a lost mouthpiece or other parts. Always handle the instrument with care.

Never sit or stand on the instrument or place heavy objects it. Doing so can damage the instrument and injure you and others.

Handling caution Handling caution

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Notes on Using the Instrument Please follow the points listed below to prevent instrument malfunction and damage.

Notes on Handling the Instrument Do not expose the instrument to extremely high temperatures such as near a heater, or

direct sunlight (such as in a car during the day), and extremely low temperatures. Also, do not expose to excessive dust or vibrations. Doing so can deform and/or deteriorate the instrument hindering performance. The instrument should be used or stored within a -20 C to 50 C environment.

Do not place objects made of vinyl, plastic, or rubber on top of the instrument. Doing so can discolor and/or alter of the instrument.

Notes on Caring for the Instrument Never use paint thinners or other solvents, alcohol, detergents, or chemically treated

dust cloths to clean the instrument. Doing so could result in discoloration and/or deterioration of the instrument.

Do not put the instrument in a dishwasher or in boiling water. Doing so could result in deformation and/or deterioration, and could hinder proper performance of the instrument.

Keeping the Instrument in Good Condition Follow the instructions on proper care and handling below, to ensure that the instrument will remain in optimum condition for a long time.

Before assembling the instrument, use a cloth to remove any dust or foreign substance from the joint section.

After playing, remove moisture from inside the instrument.

Inspect and clean the instrument regularly (page 8).

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Mouthpiece The instrument is supplied with a mouthpiece equivalent to Yamaha 4C.

Octave key


Hook hole The hook hole can be used for attaching a string, etc., to temporarily hang the instrument up when not in use.

Main keys

Thumb hook

Tone hole adaptor When this is attached, the instrument can be played with German System fingering, and Baroque System fingering when removed. (The adaptor is installed at the factory.)

D key

D# key

C key

C# key

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Accessories Mouthpiece cap 1 Special case 1

Carrying strap for the case 1

Special cleaning swab (with ball chain) 1

Owners Manual (this booklet) 1 Lets play Venova ! (another booklet) 1

Both the reed and mouthpiece damage easily, so cover the mouthpiece with the mouthpiece cap to protect the reed and mouthpiece when storing the instrument and any time that the instrument is not being played.

The illustration shows the case with its strap attached.

Attaching the strap to the case

The case ships with a convenient carrying strap. If you are attaching the strap, make sure the strap is attached securely according to the procedure on the right. Poor attachment of the strap may cause the strap to come off of the case, damaging the instrument and/or case.

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Attaching the Mouthpiece Use a cloth to remove any dust or foreign substance from the neck joint before attaching the mouthpiece.

1 Grasp the mouthpiece firmly, and slide the mouthpiece onto the neck joint at the body, turning from side to side.

Turn and pull the mouthpiece from side to side when you remove it. Attaching or pulling the mouthpiece straight could result in damage to the rubber of the neck joint.

2 Slide the ligature onto the mouthpiece from its tapered end.

3 Attach the reed onto the mouthpiece. First, place the reed so that the top edge of the mouthpiece is visible over the end of the reed, and then tighten the ligature screws (2) to secure the reed.

About Tuning Basically, the Venova does not require tuning. The instrument is designed to play tuned to A=442Hz when the mouthpiece is slid all the way onto the instrument. If the instrument needs to be tuned to another pitch, it can be tuned lower by pulling the mouthpiece slightly away from the body. Since the temperature of the inside of the instrument affects the tuning (particularly when cold), blow into the instrument to warm it before tuning it.

Take care not to pull the mouthpiece too far out. Pulling too far can result in poor pitch balance making it hard to play.

Laying the Instrument Down When the instrument is not being played, place it on a flat surface as shown in the illustration below. Do not place the instrument on a chair, music stand, or other such unstable surfaces, as there is a risk of the instrument falling. Also, never lean the instrument up against a wall, etc.

For more detailed instructions on attaching the reed, please refer to the accompanying Lets play Venova ! booklet.

Ligature screws


Slide this out to lower the pitch (but avoid sliding it out too far)

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Instrument Maintenance after Playing

After playing, always loosen the ligature and remove the reed from the mouthpiece then wipe dry with gauze. Remove the ligature from the mouthpiece as well.

Take care not to damage the end of the mouthpiece.

Remove the mouthpiece from the instrument and clean the inside of the mouthpiece with a soft cloth. Clean the inside of the instrument with the supplied cleaning swab.

Turn and pull the mouthpiece from side to side when you remove it. Attaching or pulling the mouthpiece straight could result in damage to the rubber of the neck joint.

Using the Cleaning Swab

1 Insert the end of ball chain of the swab into the body from the neck joint of the instrument.

2 Gently shake the instrument so that the ball chain comes out of the opposite end.

3 Pull on the ball chain gently so that the cleaning swab can remove moisture and dirt from the inside of the body.

Pulling the cleaning swab too fast can result in the swab becoming stuck in the body.

Always keep the cleaning swab clean and dry.

Use a soft cloth to wipe the instruments surface. Take care to avoid applying excessive force on the keys.

Both the mouthpiece and body are washable. After washing, please use a cleaning swab or a soft cloth to thoroughly remove moisture.

Putting the Instrument in the Case

When placing the instrument in the case, refer to page 7 and make sure that the mouthpiece is attached straight onto the body. Make sure that the mouthpiece is properly attached to avoid the possibility of damage to the instrument.

The slide locks on the case lid (A) slightly protrude from the case. Take care that your clothing or the cleaning swab do not get caught hooked on one of the locks and cause the case or instrument to fall.


Make sure that the mouthpiece is attached straight onto the body.


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Storage Precautions Make sure that you wipe off any moisture, grease, or foreign substance before putting the instrument in the case. Also avoid keeping the instrument in a location where it may be exposed to high or extremely low temperatures.

About the Reed Replace the reed supplied with the instrument with a new one if the tip becomes damaged or it no longer vibrates well. In addition to the resin reed, reeds made of cane can also be used.

Separately Sold Accessories

Yamaha offers a wide variety of accessories to enrich your playing experience. Here is a selection of accessories created especially for the Venova. Please give them a try.

Part Name Features / Usage

Swab for Venova Best for cleaning and drying inside of the Venova.

Resin Reed for Venova This is a resin reed for the Venova.

Mouthpiece Patch (S) Helps stabilize your embouchure and pro

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