I know there are a lot of Bass Trombone fanatics on this forum, so I would like to pick your brains/thoughts etc.
I have today on a whim (the devil does indeed make work for idle hands) bought myself a 1980's Holton TR180. I have been looking for another instrument for some time as I currently play an Edwards which is slowly killing the entire left side of my body. Whilst it's a great sound, for the playing I do these days it really does feel a bit heavy duty.
I have always been a fan of the vintage instruments (Conn 62H, Holton 180, King Duo Gravis etc.) but never owned on, so hopefully this one is not a dud (I will find out in about a week when it arrives!).
If it's not a dud (it was owned by a pro so should be alright...), the plan is to get it customised. It looks in good condition all round and is totally original (with a Glanz bar *cringe*) and the all important D slide. So my mind is now on to possible customisation;
What are your views on this? Should an instrument like this be kept as original as possible, or would you modernise it?
My thoughts are firstly to have the triggers split to the modern configuration, and then possibly open up the valve wrap. Has anyone had this done and do you know roughly how much it would cost?
Appreciate your views...