Summerhays Music has a wide variety of Beginner and Performance Trombones to choose from. The following are just a few of the Trombones we regularly keep in stock.

Accent Trombone
Model: 781
• Large bore F-attachment trombone with open wrap
• Hand-lapped valve with stainless steel rotor
• Direct action, ball and socket linkage for smooth transition to the F side
• Nickel silver outer and chrome-plated inner slide tubes resist corrosion
• Intermediate trombone

Accent Trombone
Model: 959
• Tenor trombone with F-attachment
• Stress-free soldering and eye annealing assure highest quality craftsmanship
• Nickel-silver outer, chrome-plated inner slides
• German-made rotor with 3B linkage
• Single-seam hand-hammered bell
• Professional trombone

Yamaha Trombone
Model: 610
• F-attachment trombone
• Gold brass leadpipe, yellow brass body and yellow brass two-piece bell
• Chrome-plated nickel silver inner slide
• Drawn brass outer slide

Yamaha Trombone
Model: 630
• Tenor trombone (no F attachment)
• Gold brass lead pipe, yellow brass body & bell
• Chrome-plated nickel silver inner slide
• Drawn brass outer slide

Yamaha Trombone
Model: 448
• Intermediate tenor with F-attachment
• Yellow bras leadpipe and body, gold brass bell
• Chrome-plated nickel silver inner slide
• Drawn brass outer slide
Yamaha Trombone
Model: 697
• Intermediate trombone, great for any jazz player
• Gold brass leadpipe, yellow brass bell & body
• Chrome-plated nickel silver inner slide
• Drawn brass outer slide
 

Thoroughly clean and re-lubricate the slide once a week (or more if necessary). Both the inner and outer slides should be flushed out with lukewarm water and liquid dishwashing soap, and then swabbed out (scrubbed) with the flexible “snake” brush. Rinse them out with clean water and wipe them dry with a clean lint-free cloth. (Always be careful when handling the inner and outer slides not to bend, bow, or dent them in any way. It is costly and time-consuming to repair bent, broken, bowed, or dented slides.)

Re-lubricate the slide before reassembling it. Because of the great variety of finishes used on trombone slides and the variation in the amount of tolerance used in fitting slides, it is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding lubrication. If slide cream and water is recom¬mended, have a Summerhays repair technician show you how to apply it. If instructions are not available, it is gener¬ally accepted as safe practice to use a few drops of trombone slide oil on the stocking of each inner slide. Work the slide in and out to thoroughly distribute the oil over the entire surface of both inner and outer slides.

 
 

The trombone is one of the most recognizable instruments in the brass family. It is pitched lower than the trumpet, and higher than the tuba. It is a simple, yet unique instrument in that it uses a slide to change from note to note, rather than valves. The trombone has been in existence for centuries under various forms and names, but has remained relatively unchanged for many years. It dates back to the mid 1400's, where it emerged from England & Belgium and was called a Sackbut. The exact etymology and meaning of the term “sackbut” is not certain, but is thought to be a derivation of the Old French term, sacquer, “to draw out.” The Trombone, as it is called today, is simply the Italian Tromba (trumpet) with the suffix one, meaning 'big trumpet'.

The modern trombone is not very different from its medieval ancestors. It still has the distinct s-shape, but is in general larger in bore than it's predecessors. Its characteristics are a cylindrical bore, meaning that the diameter of the tubing stays relatively the same throughout the length of the horn, a handslide, and a bell section that extends out proportionately about 1/3 of the length of the slide when assembled. The bell section is different than that of the early trombone. The flare is now more sudden and closer to the end of the bell section, rather than being funnel-like.

There are several different types of trombones in use in today's ensembles. The three types of trombones most often used are the alto trombone, tenor trombone, and bass trombone. Of these three, the most common is the tenor trombone.

Mutes
A variety of mutes can be used with the trombone to alter its timbre. Many are held in place with the use of cork grips, including the straight, cup, harmon and pixie mutes. Some fit over the bell, like the bucket mute. In addition to this, mutes can be held in front of the bell and moved to cover more or less area for a wah-wah effect - such as the "hat" and plunger.

Mouthpieces
The mouthpiece is actually a separate part of the trombone and can be interchanged with similarly-sized trombones from different manufacturers. Mouthpiece dimensions vary in length, diameter, rim shape, and cup depth. Each variation affects timbre (tone quality), and is a highly personal decision of advanced trombone players. Typically, a symphonic trombonist will choose a mouthpiece with a deeper cup length and sharper inner rim shape in order to produce a rich, full-textured tone quality that is desired in most symphony orchestras. A jazz trombonist, on the other hand, may choose a shallower cup in order to achieve a thinner, less Teutonic tone quality. However, these decisions vary from player to player.

 
 

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