Plastic Trombone – The pBone
Warwick Music Group’s first 100% plastic instrument was the pBone. Naturally, it took the world of musical instruments by storm, especially when the great Jiggs Whigham endorsed it! Its popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down either as more and more beginners and professionals give it a go.
Of course, the first attraction is the array of fun colours the instrument comes in. Next, you’re astounded by how lightweight it is. When you first pick it up, you’ll no doubt put a bit too much muscle into it so be careful you don’t go throwing it over your shoulder…
The much lighter weight of 1.8lbs makes it easier to play, especially for a beginner. There is also the pBone Mini which is a much smaller alto trombone. This is ideal for young players and a great way to dive into learning the craft; as a brass trombone can weight around 7kg plus!
Another key feature is how incredibly robust and durable the plastic instrument is, in comparison to its brass counterpart. You don’t have to worry about dropping and causing horrible dents as much and best of all, being completely waterproof means no water damage! Of course, the traditional brass trombones are designed to last much longer and when carefully looked after will stay in great condition; but the pBone offers you the added bonus of being more easily transportable due to its featherweight.
What About The Sound?
Most importantly, this plastic trombone sounds superb! With a .500” bore and 8” bell the pBone offers a consistent sound quality and is versatile enough to offer a high or low register. You will find the pBone to be a well-balanced, mature and rich sounding instrument; that offers a great taste into what can be achieved when developing their trombone playing skills. It comes with a plastic mouthpiece but for those that have a favourite brass mouthpiece that they can’t do without, you are able to use it with the pBone without affecting the sound.
The pBone is a fantastic choice for a beginner looking for a budget buy in the brass family. It is great value for money to get you started or a fun addition to an experienced players’ repertoire.
Take a look at the pBone in action!
The Recorder Got a Makeover – The pBuzz
The pBuzz is aimed at younger children and is a new and fun alternative to the good ol’ recorder. Technically the pBuzz is a super simplified version of a trombone so it’s a great first stepping stone to diving into the world of brass music.
Learning the basics can be tough at a young age so the fun design aids in keeping your little one interested and excited to see what the instrument can do.
The six note range shown on the coloured paper insert makes it easier to teach children a few different ways. Made to withstand the wild whirlwinds children can be, the pBuzz has been designed to be robust and lightweight; perfect to teach a class full of children.
Andy, our Director here at Normans, is a brass player himself (and clearly has ulterior motives). He decided to road test the pBuzz with his five year old to see if it would interest him to follow in his dad’s footsteps (or music notes…).
Click here to get the full verdict!
Plastic Trumpet – The pTrumpet
Since the pBone had been so successful, the next step would be to have the trumpet follow in its footsteps. Thus, the pTrumpet, the very first 100% plastic trumpet was born.
Not to mess with the good thing they had going on, Warwick Music Group continued to keep the key features the same: lightweight, robust and affordable, without compromising on sound quality.
At only 500g, half the weight of its brass cousin, you can take it anywhere you want to play without having to build up to lugging it around with you. The pTrumpet also comes with a soft, fabric carry case which will help with transporting it around.
Like the pBone, the pTrumpet has a super sleek design and comes in a rainbow array of colours. The fun looking instrument is an obvious eye-catcher and a lot less intimidating to play for beginners looking to develop their skills. It would also be a fun addition to an experienced professionals’ collection of instruments.
An Instrument For All
Design wise, the valves are interchangeable. They have kept the traditional design, unscrewing at the bottom, and the springs have a good resistance. Ergonomically, this plastic instrument is a dream. The shape promotes good posture and good hand positioning; allowing people with different hands size and shape to comfortably grip the instrument. Check out Alison Balsom’s reaction to her first play!
Durability will always be a huge plus to having one of these plastic instruments; makeing it the perfect musical travel companion. The pTrumpet is able to withstand impact that would destroy a traditional trumpet; less dings, less dents, less worry!
This also makes it popular with educators who are looking for an affordable instrument that will be strong enough to withstand many players using the pTrumpet frequently. Children love the immediacy that the pTrumpet brings to the learning experience. Being able to hold the instrument without getting tired by the weight and instantly being able to produce sound, on what is known to be a sophisticated instrument, makes the learning experience that much more engaging and fun.
So, what are you waiting for!? Get your pBrass instrument HERE!
Find out a little more about the plastic instrument creator, Steve Greenall here, when he was interviewed by The Vault magazine.