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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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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)
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 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.
The price itself is what gives this five stars. I will say the slide is hard for me to keep slippery and the tone is slightly distorted. I have also noticed that for some reason it is harder to hit certain notes on the P-Bone, but other than that, this thing is awesome. Stays in tune very well, durable, and the sound is just different, not neccessarily in a bad way.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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