To give a little backstory, before Christmas I damaged the slide of my trombone slide at a concert. After the instrument repairer tried repairing it, he wasn't able to get it back to 100% working condition such was the damage. So he suggested that I get a new slide for it via the insurance. It then became apparent that nowhere in the UK supplied Conn slide assemblies on their own, and that to get just the slide assembly I'd have to ship one over from the States, which bumped the cost dramatically and could take up to 6 months! so it was decided in the end that a brand new complete trombone was the cheapest thing to do. Anyway, after much deliberating and delay on the insurance company's end, they did pay out. Now my initial thought was to replace my Conn 88H with a straight up replacement, BUT, another model from Conn caught my eye; the Conn 89H. Now here's where I'd like some help. Does anyone here have any experience with the 89H model and know if it's as good as the 88H? For those who are just passing by this thread, the 89H is essentially a 88H but the trigger section is detachable, and it can be converted into a straight tenor trom. The reason I'm considering getting this model is because I play with a jazz band, and I'm also in an Oompah band who gig regularly around the North Wales area. I feel much better playing these jazz stuff and most of our Oompah set with a straight tenor trom because of the high register, but the current straight trom I have is really hampering my high register. It's a Benge (not sure of the model), and though I use my regular Conn mouthpiece on it, I find that my high register is grossly limited on it for some reason, with me struggling to hit top C's, B's and even A's by the end of sets. On my regular Conn 88H I can easily hit these notes, and can venture up as high as super G with relative ease (even beyond that on good days!). So I thought by getting the 89H I could get my new trigger trom and a straight trom, in one, for the price of just one (from the research I've done the 89H costs virtually the same as the 88H). My main concern with getting an 89H would be that the places where the trigger section/straight section is screwed on/off vibrates or leaks air and such. I'm basically worried that it's not a sound design! So yeah, I'd be very grateful if anyone has any info on the 89H model of the Conn, and also if anyone knows of anywhere in the UK supplies them, as so far I've had no luck in finding anywhere. Thanks!