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The Holton TR181 Professional Independent Double Rotor Bass Trombone has been a standard of professional players for many years. The TR181 features a .562 bore with an inline independent double rotor system in the key of Bb / F / Gb / D / G / Eb. The TR181 also features a 10 Rose brass bell for outstanding resonance and projection. The Holton TR181 Professional Independent Double Rotor Bass Trombone inlcudes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer finish.
  • Key of Bb
    10" hand-hammered red brass bell
    Chrome-plated nickel-silver inner slide; nickel-silver outer slide
    Traditional wrap with F tuning and G/Gb slide
    Inline independent dual triggers with ball-and-socket linkage
    Lacquer finish
    Proficiency Level: Professional
    Valve: Double

Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone
The Holton Model TR181 Bass Trombone is in the key of Bb. .562" bore, 10" hand-hammered red brass bell, chromeplated nickel-silver inner slide, nickel-silver outer slide, traditional wrap with F tuning and G/Gb slide, inline independent dual triggers with ball-and-socket linkage, lacquer finish. Holton includes mouthpiece and deluxe wood shell case with the TR181 Trombone.

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"A good horn for the money, best for a new bass-trombonist"

by Jeremy - 7/10/2009 7:43:36 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
student/teacher/performer Jazz, Orchestra, Wind Band Wichita, KS
10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

the TR-181 of today is a little bit different than yesteryear. Once upon a time they only had a 9 inch bell, not a 10. Bear that in mind with the reviews you see here (it is more difficult to produce a focused sound on a larger bell than a smaller one) I cannot reccomend the TR-181 as a professional horn, and here's why... it's still (after all these years) a closed-wrap horn, which means it offers a lot of resistance when you play with the valves down, and secondly the plastic linkages on the valves (although quiet at first) eventually wear out after a few years and create a lot of noise. This is an excellent horn for someone first learning the dynamics of the bass trombone.. and the option to set the second valve to G is very nice. It is capable of producing a very quality sound, but there are so many other horns on the market that do it easier.

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"Awesome Bass Bone!"

by Chris - 6/21/2012 1:19:01 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist Orchestral, Jazz Sparks, NV
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This bass trombone is a wonderful instrument. The ability to switch between D and Eb by removing the extension on the second trigger has been helpful in pieces I've performed. It is a beautiful instrument and can pack a powerful punch!

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"Best instrument I ever played"

by Robert Halseth - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Player, teacher for 40+ years Symphonic, Big Band, Quintet Sacramento, CA
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

40 years ago, I bought my Holton 181 for use with the San Diego Symphony. Since then, I've used it in a variety of contexts, including band, orchestra, big band, brass quintet (trombone or tuba part), Broadway shows, etc., and in all ways it has proven to be wonderful. I've visited trade shows, played the newest products, and feel great that my instrument still sounds better than the newbie?s. It has been a great horn for me, still going strong after all these years.

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"Holton TR181"

by Aaron - 1/27/2012 10:57:37 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Amateur jazz, symphonic, marching, pit orchestra Northville, MI
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

i had wanted a bass trombone for a long time and came across an old, used holton at a pretty good price. how old? 34 years old. but that means absolutely nothing, except i have played other examples of this horn and i feel the older holtons feel and sound much better than any brand new holton bass. the person i bought it from told me this was originally mike suter's horn, which i didn't believe until my band director told me that he has played alongside mike suter and that this isn't the first time he's seeing this horn. the sound that comes out is huge, warm, and beautiful. i am told this is one of the standards for big band, but i think it would equally fit into any orchestra, as it can produce a very rich sound (or bark) when you want it to. it is quite heavy, but then again i have mike suter's D slide on the second valve, as i obtained this horn without the stock G(b) slide. although it is nice never needing to play through both valves. being 34 years old, a some of the chrome is missing on the stockings, but the slide action is still pretty good.

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"Rotors Are Shakey"

by Micheal - 10/25/2011 12:34:59 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Teacher, Performer Big Band, Orchestral Jacksonville
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

This horn has a great sound, but the rotors are sub-par. They expectantly loosen, and the screws fall out. when it is oiled, the action improves, but the screws come out faster. I've talked with several people that play this horn, and say similar things are happening. It may be a uncommon thing, but this is happening to 10+ year old horns. Without the rotors, the horn has a good sound slide.

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Im trying to decide between this horn and the Getzen 1052FD Eterna Series Bass Trombone. Which do you reccomend more?
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Would a professional Bach bass trombone slide with leadpipe fit a Holton TR181 bell section?
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