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Topic: Which trombone?
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posted: 11/25/2007 at 12:03:31 AM ET
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My high school aged son is ready for a new trombone, he will be marching and playing in the jazz band. Should I get a trigger type? Fast or slow taper bell? "Yellow" or "Gold" brass or silver?

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posted: 11/25/2007 at 11:34:38 AM ET
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All of the questions you asked are important, but not the most important. The most important is how does he feel when he plays on each individual horn. Your subtitle says for marching and jazz. That is a big risk to take. A marching instrument will take a beating and it may be a good idea to borrow an instrument from his school for marching season and use his good horn for jazz and concert season.
As far as whether or not to get a trigger, I would most definitely purchase a horn with an F attachment. What you are looking for now is the bore size. I personally have a small bore beginner instrument with no F attachment, a medium bore instrument that I use for most everything, and a large bore instrument that I will on occasion use for concert or orchestral playing. I prefer the medium bore because I like the way it feels when I play it and it is more versatile, able to play in a horn section for a cover band in a bar on Friday, and then in a brass ensemble on Sunday.
Some models you might want to look at are: Bach 36 (medium bore) or Bach 42 (large bore), Getzen (I believe it is a model 1036, but don't quote me on that), and Conn 88H. All are good horns. The Bach instruments are available in an open wrap or a closed wrap, and I prefer the open wrap because it has a freer flow of air.
Well I think I just gave you a lot of information. Now go out and do your research and then when all of that is done, the absolute most important step is for you son to play on each of the horns you are considering and see how each of them feels for him. The Bach is heavier than the Conn, for example. It is somewhat similar to test driving a car. This step MUST be taken before buying a horn.
Good luck and let me know if I can help with anything else!

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