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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 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.
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
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.
Tried one of these at ITF in Nashville - sound is surprisingly in most of the range, begins to weaken above g4. Bought a blue one and I've played it in my dixieland and polka band.
To the guy that said he would never let one in his classroom: Man, I'm glad you weren't my band director! I assume if Bones Malone or Jiggs Whigham walked in, you'd kick them out?! What a downer!!
I am a middle school teacher and needed something to help me learn trombone better. This works great for me. As a beginning band teacher I would not tell my new 5th grader to go get one because you can't repair it like a typical brass trombone. I think it is great and plays well for what it is. I have seen the extreme registers to be harder to play then a brass trombone. I think this is a fun instrument to mess with or to take into a pep band setting. I think this is a great product, but remember that is a plastic trombone. Well done pBONE
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