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Yamaha Venova YVS-120 Owner's Manual
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Owner’s Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Yamaha Alto 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. With its mellow alto sounds, the Alto Venova lets you enjoy performing music in a wonderfully new way.
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
Owner’s 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 Alto Venova. Please
refer to the separate booklet “Let’s 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.
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:
Handling caution
• 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.
• Do not swing the case or the case strap. Doing so may result in accident or injury.
Yamaha cannot be held responsible for damage caused by improper use or modifications to the instrument, or data that is lost
or destroyed.
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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.
• 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).
* The illustrations as shown in this manual are for instructional purposes only, and may appear
somewhat different from those on your instrument.
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Joint part
The instrument is supplied
with a mouthpiece equivalent
to Yamaha 4C.
Joint part
Octave key
Upper body
Hook hole
The hook hole can be
used for attaching a
string, etc., to temporarily
hang the instrument up
when not in use.
Lower body
Joint part
F/F# key
Thumb hook
E key
D key
D# key
C key
C# key
Main keys
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 Accessories
• Mouthpiece cap ×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.
• Special case ×1
• Carrying strap for the case ×1
The illustration shows the
case with its strap attached.
• Special cleaning swab (with ball chain) ×1
• Owner’s Manual (this booklet) ×1
• “Let’s play Venova™ !” (another booklet) ×1
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.
The end of the strap should be at least
5 cm long from the plastic fastener. The
end of the strap often becomes shorter
during use, so re-fasten the strap regularly to maintain proper length.
More than 5cm
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Before Playing
 Attaching the Mouthpiece
 About Tuning
Use a cloth to remove any dust or foreign
substance from the neck joint before
attaching the mouthpiece.
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.
1 Grasp the mouthpiece firmly, and
slide the mouthpiece straight onto the
neck joint until it stops at the body.
• 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.
• Take care not to pull the mouthpiece
too far out. Pulling too far can result
in poor pitch balance making it hard
to play.
Slide this out to lower the pitch
(but avoid sliding it out too far)
 Laying the Instrument Down
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.
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.
Place the instrument with the
keys facing up, to prevent them
from touching the surface.
For more detailed instructions on attaching
the reed, please refer to the accompanying
“Let’s play Venova™ !” booklet.
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After Playing
 Instrument Maintenance after
For the upper body
 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.
• 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.
 Before cleaning inside the instrument,
the body should be separated into two.
Clean the inside the instrument with the
supplied cleaning swab.
• To separate the body, twist the lower
body off the upper body. If you try to
separate them without twisting, the
rubber parts may break.
Using the Cleaning Swab
1 For the upper body, insert the end
of the ball chain from the neck joint.
For the lower body, insert the end of
the ball chain from the foot of the
2 Gently shake the body 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.
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Neck joint
For the lower body
Foot of the
4 Use a soft cloth to wipe off the joint
5 Join the upper and lower bodies. Make
sure that the markings on the upper
and lower bodies are lined up.
• Twist the upper and lower bodies to
join them, as the same way as for
when separating them.
 Use a soft cloth to wipe the instrument’s
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.
After Playing
 Putting the Instrument in the Case
 Storage Precautions
 When placing the instrument in the case,
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
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.
 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.
When placing the instrument in the case for
storage, make sure that the instrument is in
contact with these marked areas of the case.
 Rubber parts on joints
The rubber parts on joints may become
loose or broken depending on usage. In
such cases, replace with new ones.
• Make sure that the mouthpiece is
attached straight onto the body.
 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.
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 Alto Venova. Please give
them a try.
Part Name
Swab for Alto Venova
Features / Usage
Best for cleaning and drying inside of the Venova.
Resin Reed for Alto Venova
This is a resin reed for the Venova.
Mouthpiece Patch (M)
Helps stabilize your embouchure and protect mouthpiece
wear from your teeth.
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© 2019 Yamaha Corporation
Published 04/2019 2019年4月发行
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