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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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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 recently tried a pBone at college pep band gig. I was very impressed! It's light as a feather and, with a metal mouthpiece, sounds good throughout most of the instrument's range The sound breaks down a bit in the the extreme upper and lower registers. Perfect for the beginning trombonist or for marching bands and other outdoor playing situations.
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 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
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.
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
Our orchestra's principal trombone brought his pBbone to our last concert and the whole section played around with it. I was astounded by the quality of the sound and, blindfolded, would not have been able to tell it was a plastic trombone. I'm guessing the guy who said he'd never let one in his classroom never played (or heard) one. My lead trombone player in my top jazz band at school is still playing her student horn. I'm definitely going to be buying a pBone to give to her! (and maybe one for me)
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!
As a professional trombonist, I'm impressed. Sounds great from pedal tones to extreme high register ( I got a nice Bb one octave above 4 ledger lines). Also the horn can handle extreme dynamics, being really responsive in the pianissimo range and minting a consistent high quality sound through the fotissimo range (and I play loud). My only complaint is the slide... Of corse it doesn't compare to my Custom shires, but the idea of it getting better with time... Nice! Seriously this guy new "bar gig" , "camping" and low impact horn!
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