Bass Sackbutt in F

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by MoominDave, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    On the off-chance that anyone here might be in a position to help...

    I've been booked for a gig on bass sackbutt [that's a Renaissance-style bass trombone for those who may not have heard the word before] on Friday 5th March in Oxford. The catch is that we are having difficulty sourcing an instrument - there are not many around!

    Last week I thought we'd solved the problem when a local player was found who had one and was willing to lend it, albeit under difficult conditions, but, after a week's delay, he's just told me that he's now unwilling to lend it, frustratingly.

    Ideally, we would be looking to borrow the instrument from now until the concert, but this is flexible - I can use a narrow-bore G bass for rehearsals in the absence of an authentic instrument. A small amount of money is available for hire, should it be needed - in the region of £50 only, I'm afraid. Obviously insurance would be taken out to cover the instrument while it was in my possession.

    Any ideas, please drop me a message or ring me - 01865 717765.

  2. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Email sent!


    My friend,Derek Roebuck (ex G Trom Brighouse,Mirlees and Ferodo ) told me that a local instrument dealer bought all the G troms he could get and converted them to sackbuts. Don t ask me why or how but its true.
  4. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    local to where?

    That sounds helpful......

    I've got an F bass trom in high pitch you can borrow if it's any use.
  5. basebonetone

    basebonetone Member

    bass sackbutt

    I know that huddersfield university have a set of sackbutts that they regularly use for renaissance performances if any use?
  6. Trum

    Trum Member

    The bass sackbut at hudds is in C so not any good. Not to mention ****** awful.
  7. basebonetone

    basebonetone Member

    sounded alright when i played it ....... lol


    Sorry...local to us in Huddersfield area...just pointing out that hundreds of these things are in circulation...It s criminal Sawing up all the Gtroms to make sackbutts...should be a hanging offence !
  9. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    On that we can agree....
  10. Trum

    Trum Member

    Nout wrong with the sound but the design is appalling for holding, jagged metal does not a good handle make
  11. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Problem solved, Duncan's suggestion came good. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions!

    Is the Huddersfield university one in low CC, then? Wouldn't that make it a contrabass?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2010
  12. Mujician

    Mujician Member

    My friend has one in F, and its a very good one. He would hire it out Im sure.
  13. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the contact, but I'm sorted now - I've got the free use of one that lives only 5 miles away - a lucky outcome!
  14. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    They should be sent to the Oxford Retirement Home for Underappreciated Trombones. My four are getting lonely.