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Jiggs pBone Plastic TromboneThe Jiggs Whigham pBone just had to happen. The trombone is a unique instrument, capable of rendering thrilling orchestral passages, exquisite jazz soloing and ensemble work, and tremendous comical effects. the breadth of its vocabulary is practically unrivaled by any other instrument. Now with the Jiggs Whigham pBone, the trombone is within the financial grasp of almost any musician.Inexpensive and yet entirely playable and reliable, the pBone brings a fun and intriguing twist to the traditional trombone. With its plastic construction, this lightweight instrument sounds remarkably like a brass trombone. The pBone features a .500-inch bore design with an ergonomic grip for comfort and an overall weight of only 1.8 pounds. The pBone features a fiberglass slide with brass slide stockings on the inner handslide to keep the slide moving freely. The handslide with feel smoother the more you play the instrument, and you can even play the instrument without the need for slide lubrication. The Jiggs pBone includes a plastic mouthpiece and carrying bag and is available in red, blue, green and yellow.This instrument has been favorably reviewed by very discriminating players and has been embraced as a fun addition to any serious trombonist's collection of instruments, as well as a great way for musicians on other instruments to enter into the trombone world. Get one. They're inexpensive and fun, and just breaking one out makes people happy.
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I am a teacher and professional trombone player and I have given this horn a good work out with different mouthpieces. The high range on this horn sounds very comparable to a brass trombone, however, the low range is much more stuffy and difficult to play and the slide was very difficult past 4th position. Again, I am a teacher and will not allow these in my class because these low notes are the first they learn. They need as good a chance as they can get so they learn as easily as possible and don't get frustrated. Also, if it cracks or breaks, there is no way to repair the instrument that I know of. And living in a cold climate, and given the warning about extreme temperatures given with the instrument, I don't want to put my students and families in a position where they have just wasted money on a horn they can't fix. If you already play the trombone and want a unique, fun, cool toy, albeit, a really good sounding toy, for a parade or pep fest, by all means buy it. If you are looking for an instrument to start a beginner on, I would steer clear.
So, I've had my pBone now for a year and a half. I teach privately and play semi-professionally (I get paid some but not enough to live off). I bought one right after they came out in the US. I first saw it, I didn't expect the playability. I was amazed. The only drawback to the instrument is the mouthpiece. Not worth including in the horn. Toss in a standard metal mouthpiece and it's great to go. The low end is a little iffy, but that is mitigated quite a bit with a good mouthpiece. I do recommend it for beginning students in some cases, let me explain why. The slide requires no care and is pretty durable compared to it's brass brother - I've had so many really young players eat their slides up. It's lightweight - ask me about the slight scoliosis I have from carrying a horn bigger than me to and from school during my growth years. The cost is a low entry point for kids who may not otherwise have an opportunity to have an instrument, not to mention may decide not to keep playing. Kids may use a school horn and have a pBone at home to practice so they don't have to carry a horn back and forth (in addition to backpacks full of books - it's ridiculous the load they have to carry).
For older students, a great horn for marching and pep bands (can you say school colors) etc. I like to use it when I play in ska bands (now that they have black and white I may buy both and mix the parts for a two tone horn) - it's durable in a rough environment (I can tell you about the guitar player who knocked over my bone at a gig and I spent the night repairing my horn rather than playing) and is a bit more fun for the audience.
It's not a brass horn, and not equivalent to a pro horn, but it's a pretty good replacement for a student horn.
I found the key points of other reviews to be accurate, i.e. it is good for what it is, a plastic trombone, and it is not by any means the equivalent of brass. The information with the horn said the slide would break in over time but it never did work in for me and I found it to be incredibly stiff. I also found the instrument to be quite a bit less responsive than brass in the lower register. Net is that it's a nice novelty and I can imagine it as very nice for a high school student playing cold weather football games, but for regular outdoor concert work, it just doesn't quite make the grade.
Got the opportunity to play this horn at the DCI World Championships 2011. I was suprised by how well it played. I wish i would have had this when I started playing 40 years ago. Great price for a starter horn and light weight for the small musician. I would recommend this to any school begining band program.
I tired this out at a music shop that had one on display. I am a band teacher, and really thought of these as a joke. When I played it, though, I was a little shocked at how much it behaved like a brass trombone. The main worry I had with the slide, but the fiberglass inner slide with the metal pieces at the end made for a decent smooth slide.
I think the best place to use this P-Bone would be in pep band or marching band situations, where you didn't want to worry about your more expensive "concert" trombone.
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