Trombone Buyers Guide
from the MMF! Music Library
Student trombones are machine made and built for durability and budget-minded families. A student model is commonly a tenor trombone. Student trombones are built with a small bore which is important for a beginners, because it doesn't take very much air to produce a quality tone. Most student trombones are made of yellow brass. Some student models that are made of rose brass to give the trombone a slightly darker tone color.
Intermediate trombones are built with a medium-large bore. Intermediate trumpets are designed for students that have been playing for at least 2 years, and have acquired basic playing skills. They are typically based on high-end instruments, but are built with less expensive manufacturing techniques, and are more often made of rose brass.
Professional model trombones respond more freely and offer improved tone quality. High-end trombones are recommended for high school students and above. Parents desiring to save a little should start with a student trumpet and transition into a professional line trumpet in high school, by passing the intermediate level instrument.
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