The YEP-201 is an excellent alternative for younger players, or when budget is a strong consideration. It is lighter weight than more advanced models making it easier to hold and play, but still features a big full sound, and easy response. The precise fit between valve casings and pistons after honing means no air leakage. Perfectly rounded tubing results in less turbulence and a smoother air flow, thus allowing for an excellent scale and reduced resistance. A high-energy laser fuses the brass together for a virtually seamless bell, which allows continuous even vibrations. The excellent intonation of the YEP-201 helps to foster a feel for correct pitch in beginning players. The responsiveness of the YEP-201 assists beginning players in learning the phrasing of the euphonium. The student euphoniums are lightweight, making them easier for younger students to handle.