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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 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 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
It's a plastic trombone. It is not going to play the same, blend the same or perform the same as a real trombone made by a real brass company. It's an instrument shaped object. I will never allow these in my classroom.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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