What kind of trombone do you play?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by MoominDave, Dec 5, 2007.


Which trombone?

  1. Tenor: Conn 88H (.547" bore)

  2. Tenor: Bach 42 (.547" bore)

  3. Tenor: Yamaha Xeno (.547" bore)

  4. Tenor: Yamaha 447G (.547" bore)

  5. Tenor: Rath R4 (.547" bore)

  6. Tenor: Bach 36 (.525" bore)

  7. Tenor: Besson Sovereign (.547" bore)

  8. Bass: Besson Sovereign

  9. Bass: King Duo Gravis

  10. Bass: Yamaha 613

  11. Bass: Yamaha Xeno

    0 vote(s)
  12. Bass: Bach 50

  13. Bass: Conn 112H

  14. Bass: Conn 62H

  15. Bass: Holton TR181

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Most other band instrument owners seem to be content with the traditional band line of Besson/B&H derivatives, but the trombones often show an independent taste. If you're a trombonist, what make and model do you play on? Have you deliberately selected that instrument? What bore size is your instrument? Have you consciously selected that bore size? Why?

    My advance guess for the poll winners is:
    Tenor: Conn 88H, with Bach 42B in second place
    Bass: Holton TR181 (but not by a large margin)

    For my part, I play tenor on an 88H (.547" bore - large size), and bass on my shiny new Conn 62HCL (.562" bore - bass size).

    There are far more available options than a poll can show - so please add a post, and if the poll becomes unrepresentative, then I can tally up the results by hand.
  2. Bones

    Bones Member

    Greenhoe Conn 88H Thinwall Bell. Convertible .547 bell

    Bit of a Conn freak. This is the best one I have found in my humble opinion.......

    For commercial work, a King 3b, 1960's model.

    I've got others but it would take too long to list.
  3. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Took me a while to get the poll up...
    The options might turn out a bit unbalanced, I know.

    I know what you mean about Conns - you can make music rather than play the trombone. I'm very pleased with my new acquisition.
    And also what you mean about a long list! We've got 16 loitering behind the piano.
  4. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Mods - why did the poll disappear after I voted?
  5. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Conn 8H with Bach 4G m/piece- not the world's best slide, but the nicest blowing instrument I've tried.
  6. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    Rath R4 convertible when I want to sound modern,
    1960 88H when I want a more traditional sound.

    What a choice!
  7. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    Yamaha 697Z with Bach Mt Vernon12C

    This horn was owned by Don Lusher.....

    prior to this it was an HN White 2b 1945 bell with a 1967 slide
  8. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    In a brass band?
  9. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    Sorry should have stated that....but No !!!!

    but of course if you really wanted the traditional brass band sound then why not????
  10. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    A 2B might even be a bit large!

    I should make it clear that I want to see which instruments get used in brass bands, not in other ensembles - though that is also most interesting...
  11. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    Afraid I haven't played in a Brass band since early 1996 when I played an elkhart 8H
  12. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    A Courtios 500 RL with a Schilke 58 mouthpiece.

    The bone belongs to the band. I don't particularly like it, for me the bell's too big, which to me makes it feel as if there is a slow response somehow.

    As soon as I can afford one I'm going to spend time finding the right instrument for me, although that may be a while yet.

    I also have a 1908 Besson A Prototype bass trombone in high pitch F, although I've not really used this one in band much.
  13. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Most people know what I swear by but here goes:

    Conn 88H (1970, one of the last Elkharts) as my main workhorse
    Conn 8H (about 5 years old, made into a convertible Bb/F using a Bach F section) as my spare

    Conn 39H (the one with the plug)

    Small bore
    King 2B (very old, from the 1930's)

    Yamaha (the one before they started calling them 'Maestro', but identical)

    Bass Trumpet:
    Alexander model 19 (see my Avatar)

    In 'the business' pretty much every tenor player uses a Conn 8/88H. I think that it's generally for uniformity of sound, especially amongst freelancers who need to be able to 'slot in' to an existing section. A few pros use Bach (Byron Fulcher a good example), but not many.

    I did a purge some time ago and sold off about 5 88H's (one of them went to a certain Mr Walker), so I now have room under the stairs! I keep looking at ebay and my wife keeps unplugging the internet!
  14. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Conn 88h and a Rath R4 for me guys.

    The Rath I like but my teacher doesn't. *Sigh*
  15. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    I thought the Conn Eb/Bb alto was the 36h?


    Bass - Getzen Custom, 9 1/2in rose bell (lovely instrument...)

    Tenor - Yamaha Xeno Large bore thing. Don't actually like it. Sounds too thin, slides is sticky, feels like its going to fall apart in my hands. Good job I didn't buy it!
  17. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Might be, I haven't looked!
  18. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Was gonna say, a guy at college has one and it says 36h on the bell.

    I forgot to add my Amati Alto a well :tup
  19. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Yes, I've just checked it's a 36H. Shows how often I play the Alto. Saying that, I've got a pearly Alto date in for Saturday; Mendelsohn Hymn of Praise and a couple of new pieces. Should really show willing and scrape the fungus off it before the gig!
  20. Hello,

    I've got a Holton Bb/F Tenor and I'm playing Emley's Holton TR181 Bass trom.

    I was playing a TR181 at Wetherby too, they seem quite popular.

    I guess it's a good time to be buying US instruments with the strength of the £ against the $.

    Of course, Tim Sidwell tries to sell me a Rath at every oportunity... Maybe he'll succeed one day!

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