Who makes the best bass trombone?


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Do not, repeat do not, buy a cheap Indian trombone. You're quite likely to receive something with a non-working slide. Or non-sealed joints. Ditto for other brass instruments. I don't really understand what's in it for anybody to produce such junk... It's as if someone just needs to go to the factory and say "Hey, do you realise that if you did these few extra simple things, you could clean up here rather than get a terrible reputation?", but nobody's done it yet...

If budgetary constraints are severe, go to someone like Wessex Tubas, who have their manufacturing done at the Jinbao factory in China, but do their own QA and commission their own designs. Good trombones, many of them (always try before you buy if you can with anyone, even the top notch boutique makers). But there's always a certain amount of squaring with one's conscience the undercutting of more local workers involved when one goes for cheaper prices in this fashion.
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2nd tenor

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The best instrument could be made by anyone. I've heard if if very expensive well known brand instruments that have been unplayable, and the occasional cheap beginners instrument that has played and sounded very good.

It all depends on what you want in an instrument. If the cost is a factor, the answer would be very different. The best all round would probably be something like a Yamaha or Jupiter, in my opinion, but if your priority is cheap rather than quality then the best for you might be be a cheap Indian instrument, especially if tuning isn't important to you. If money is no object then there are much more expensive instruments at the top of the scales but the question is if you pay ten times the price of a mid range instrument, is it ten times better? Usually not, so it's not going to be the best instrument overall when cost is considered.

I think that I understand the point you are trying to make and it does all depend on what you want as to what’s best for you at any point in time. For some nothing but a Shires will do (loads of money) and for others something from India is fine, I don’t think that I’d ever buy either as for me one is ‘over kill’ and the other is very likely to be only a ‘Trombone shaped item’. I don’t play Bass Trombone and don’t play (Tenor Trombone) that well, for me an old single trigger Yamaha would more than ‘fit the bill’. Whilst it wouldn’t be the ‘best Bass Trombone’ for a better player it’s still within that group of instruments that is, for making music, a credible choice.

I think #3 above clarifies what the OP was after. I would say I think that the YBL 3XX is the best for me is because it’s relatively affordable (I usually own the instruments that I play), the brand has a good name, it sounds more than sufficiently good for the groups that I play in, I like its valve and F section, it isn’t as heavy as a two plug Bass and it doesn’t have a second plug which I’d mostly find confusing at the moment.
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Wow bass bone thank you very much for your reply to the thread. A lot to chew on there and much appreciated. I will bare your wisdom in mind. Thanks.
I have both a Conn 62HCL and a Rath R9. I bought the Conn first, trying also a Vincent Bach and Edwards bass trombone at the same time. I loved the Conn's sound, but that is probably my own preference. We all have our own preferences. I play a lot in orchestras and felt that the Conn's sound matched the type of pieces I typically played.

The Rath also has a great sound. Its advantage is that it is more responsive across the range. I took an opportunity to try out lots of Rath customisation options.