Hi there, I wonder why so many Bass Trombonist playing in Brass Bands switched to Rath Bass Trombones and did not stay with an Edwards or buy a Shires? Is it a different and more "modern" sound that is currently wanted and provided by the Raths? What might be the reason for that? In my opinion both Edwards and Shires have good quality and work reluctantly. All three of them (Rath/Edwards/Shires) are in about the same price range. So, can't be the price and quality, I suppose. So, what might be the reason for that? Since, I am in the market of maybe buying a new Bass Trombone - does anybody have experiences with a Rath R9, Nickel Silver bell, Dual Bore Bronze Slide, Hagman (heavy caps), Yellow Brass Tuning Slide? How open and free blowing is it compared to Edwards/Shires? Is it a darker/brighter sound compared to the other brands or a more sonor sound? Could anybody provide some details and impressions? I am looking for an instrument with very good response, not only in loud but also in soft dynamics. I don't know how it is with such a Rath, but Edwards/Shires need more effort in soft dynamics to respond, but do not provide the full and rich sound. But they do on loud dynamics and don't break up an becoming nasty too quickly. I know it's always they same, choosing thicker bells, keeping the sound together on loud dynamics, but need a lot of work to get started on soft dynamics. So how is it with the Rath setup from above?