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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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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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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
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