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The Steve Turre Collection - Artist Transcription for Trombone
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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 went to the 2011 ITF in Nashville and saw the Pbone's for the first time. Everyone that tried it came away with a smile on their face. It really plays well for what it is. I had to have one so I placed an order and just got it in September of 2011. I took it to a big band rehearsal and everyone flipped out. I used it on several charts and was amazed at how well it played. Use your own mouthpiece, though, not the plastic one included with the horn. A great horn for jazz if you are not trying to play too loudly. Worth every penny it costs. And, it is so light. It responds remarkably well. It makes my 2B feel like a tank, weightwise. Every trombonist should own one, just for the fun of it. Oh, and by the way, it floats in my pool, too.
If you are in a marching band, and you play trombone, you need this horn. It's 2 pounds! I march every year in some long (and short) parades, and I have never felt better at the end of the parade. The sound is just fine; you do want to upgrade the mouthpiece for a better tone, but I didn't hear any complaints from the 20 other trombones with me (some of whom also had P-Bones!). I have also played in a duet with a trumpet, and people couldn't believe the sound. And, one of the best parts: it got knocked over a couple of times...no dents!!! I do wish that they will come up with a lyre one of these days, but the clamp-on ones work fine.
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.
I recently purchased one of these horns, and will readily say that it is a very playable horn, despite not being brass. It is extremely lightweight and the upper register (C and up) responds very well. My only real problem with the sound is the pedal tones. I HIGHLY recommend using your brass mouthpiece with it, as this GREATLY improves the sound. The slide is noisy, but has already begun to run in after about two weeks, and moves very freely. I love playing this horn at sporting events and outside, and the color is a nice effect (mine is blue). I don't have to worry about denting the slide, or lubricating it. Overall, anyone who is willing to experiment and try something new should get one of these, as they're a LOT of fun.
HOWEVER, if you buy a pBone expecting it to sound like your Strad, it's obviously not going to. Why? Because.......
a) It's not a Strad, and
b) It's not brass
It's a plastic trombone. It is not going to play the same, blend the same or perform the same as a real trombone made by a real brass company. It's an instrument shaped object. I will never allow these in my classroom.
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