There are many ‘beginner’ trombones on the market, and this results in the proverbial ‘minefield’ of how to choose one. Well fret no more (definitely no frets!). I’m here to help you!

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. But it is when you first blow it when the true astonishment arises. It sounds amazing! 
  • 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.

The pBone Mini

  • There is also the pBone Mini which is a much smaller Eb, 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 it and causing horrible dents 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.
  •  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.

Montreux Trombone Bb

  • When I first encountered the premium quality starter Montreux Trombone, I was literally ‘blown away’ at how good it is and how affordable it is for beginner trombones.
  • A bright tone with a superb projection produced by its yellow brass construction, a great, smooth slide making for excellent articulation, plus all kept safe in in high quality case. Perfect!
  • Many student instruments have a limited life-span when it comes of their capability. However, the Montreux Trombone is more than capable of achieving the highest results of performance.
  • I recently met a student who achieved Grade 8 on one! I can get a clean ‘super F’ on one! You should simply ‘get one’!


Elkhart 100 Series

  • An excellent quality entry-level trombone, the Elkhart 100 Series offers great value for money. Manufactured by the renown Conn-Selmer Group, this instrument is highly responsive, enjoyable to play and produces a really nice tone.
  • Purchased in high numbers by our local Authority Music Services, they are particularly encouraging for the younger player. It includes a quality soft case that is lightweight yet robust, a mouthpiece and cleaning accessories.


Yamaha Bb Tenor Trombone

  • The Yamaha YSL354 Bb Tenor Trombone features many of the qualities of their top professional models yet is available at a surprisingly affordable price.
  • The response is quick, the intonation accurate, and the sound both rich and full. A statement that I can verify from my own personal experience using this model in Wind Bands, Brass Bands and Big Bands.
  • The bell section is made from yellow brass, giving a tone that is both warm and sweet, yet can be bright enough in the higher register to pierce through the music without over-blowing.
  • Yamaha never cut corners when it comes to the finishing of their instruments, and the quality lacquer and one-piece bell construction of the YSL354 is no exception.

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