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Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone   

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This instrument has the reputation of having established the true bass trombone sound. The red brass bell has been styled to maintain a consistent, w...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Bass Trombone Standard!

This instrument has the reputation of having established the true bass trombone sound. The red brass bell has been styled to maintain a consistent, warm timbre at low and high dynamic levels.The Valve System
The unique G/Gb attachment can be reconfigured to the player's taste for setting up low C and B natural when desired. The bore design assures proper reinforcement of the lower partials.

FEATURES
  • 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
SPECIFICATIONS

TR181 Series Bass Trombone

  • .562" bore
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HoltonTR181 Series Bass Trombone
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass Bone!

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from Sparks, NV

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass Bone!

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from Sparks, NV

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb bass trombone value!

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from Stafford VA

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

As I recall, Holton was the first company to produce double valve bass trombones in the 1970s, and the two bass trombonists in the Stan Kenton band most ably demonstrated this great product throughout the US. Right off the shelf - these were the positives of my recently purchased TR181 from Brasswind: 1. Absolutely flawless workmanship out of the box. I have owned many trombones in the last 50 years, but never tried one that didn't have at least a hairline scratch somewhere on the surface. Bravo to both Holton and Brasswind! 2. Fantastic slide - very quick for a large bore - only my small bore Martin is faster. 3. Smooth and even action from both valves...it helped when I ran some light valve oil through the valve tubing when I first took it out of the case. 4. Surprisingly good responsiveness in the upper bass trombone range (through high Bb and above). 5. Good, clear sound quality in all registers. I believe it is a great bass trombone value when comparing price with Holton's outstanding reputation for producing professional level instruments. This bass trombone has traditional wrap for the valves, and unless your technical performance level is above university graduate (MM), the response/resistance performance efficiencies between traditional wrap and open wrap are negligible. I have two open wrap trombones myself - very good instruments - and great marketing on the part of those companies that produce them. The true key to performance quality is the dedication, diligence and discipline of the player - and the TR181 will enable any bass trombone player to reach their full potential.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb bass trombone value!

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from Stafford VA

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

As I recall, Holton was the first company to produce double valve bass trombones in the 1970s, and the two bass trombonists in the Stan Kenton band most ably demonstrated this great product throughout the US. Right off the shelf - these were the positives of my recently purchased TR181 from Brasswind: 1. Absolutely flawless workmanship out of the box. I have owned many trombones in the last 50 years, but never tried one that didn't have at least a hairline scratch somewhere on the surface. Bravo to both Holton and Brasswind! 2. Fantastic slide - very quick for a large bore - only my small bore Martin is faster. 3. Smooth and even action from both valves...it helped when I ran some light valve oil through the valve tubing when I first took it out of the case. 4. Surprisingly good responsiveness in the upper bass trombone range (through high Bb and above). 5. Good, clear sound quality in all registers. I believe it is a great bass trombone value when comparing price with Holton's outstanding reputation for producing professional level instruments. This bass trombone has traditional wrap for the valves, and unless your technical performance level is above university graduate (MM), the response/resistance performance efficiencies between traditional wrap and open wrap are negligible. I have two open wrap trombones myself - very good instruments - and great marketing on the part of those companies that produce them. The true key to performance quality is the dedication, diligence and discipline of the player - and the TR181 will enable any bass trombone player to reach their full potential.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holton TR181

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from Northville, MI

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holton TR181

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from Northville, MI

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rotors Are Shakey

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from Jacksonville

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rotors Are Shakey

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from Jacksonville

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(12 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

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from Wichita, KS

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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(12 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

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from Wichita, KS

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Comments about Holton TR181 Series Bass Trombone:

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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