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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.
Some people have complained about the slide. After 2 weeks with a sticky slide I decided to clean it. I wiped the inner slide with an old white tee shirt and it turned black. I then cleaned the inner slide with a flexible trombone snake and small pieces of tee shirt. Black again. I repeated this until the white cotton came out mostly white. Now it is like a different instrument. I don't use any lubricants or water, just my saliva. I use a 7C Bach mouthpiece that gives it a decent range and sound. I noticed it sounds more like a french horn than a brassy trombone but I like it. Don't force a mute into the bell as it might split the bell. People are always asking me about my purple pbone.
I got this pBone because of all the awesome reviews I have read about it. I use mine in some rehearsels but not all. I always use it in parades (marching) because it is very lightweight. It plays much like a brass one but is much lighter. The only trouble I have is hitting the low and high b. I would not recommend this unless you are experienced with a normal trombone. Also make sure to use your own mouthpiece because it improve the sound by a lot. I am by no means a professional, I am only 12 and I'm currently in my second year of playing.
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.
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.
This is one amazing instrument as a professional, i think the pianissimo and fortissimo dynamics and the range(in the upper register is astounding). i live for jazz therefore this pbone was an amazing dream come true. however i love as a bass trombonist i love pedal tones and other lower ranges(even in my jazz i use pedal tones like marshall gilkes). this horn even with a metal mouthpiece is fighting low register. i would suggest all jazz playing bass tbones should buy this for one half of their spirit and keep the bass trombones to satisfy the other half.
This is a really great trombone. Whenever people saw it they had to hear it and every time they were all surprised. It sounds just like a brass trombone. The only differences are it's somewhat quieter and when you're trying to play loud it doesn't quite have that brassy sound to it. I'm in the Michigan Tech Pep Band so I got the yellow trombone and it stands out quite a bit from the rest. You can't beat the price, either. I would recommend this to beginning trombone players or anyone wanting to stand out in the trombone section.
I got the pBone so I could learn how to play trombone on a budget. Its perfect because I can take it to class without having to worry about it denting or being damaged by other students!
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!!
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