The King 2103 3B Legend Professional Trombone has been the preferred trombone by studio musicians and professional jazz players for decades. The King...Click To Read More About This Product
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The King 2103 3B Legend Professional Trombone has been the preferred trombone by studio musicians and professional jazz players for decades. The King 3B features a .508 bore and nickel silver outer hand slide for excellent tone and quick response. The 3B Legend is available with a yellow brass bell (2103), gold brass bell (2103G), Sterling silver bell (2103S) or Sterling silver bell with gold trim (2103SGX). The 2103 3B is also available with an optional F attachment valve. This instrument merits serious consideration by any serious player seeking to find a horn they can live with for a long time.
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This horn is amazing, granite iv been playing my olds since 6th grade and it's pretty beat up, but out of all the other horns iv ever played on this one has the best slide action, a perfect pop to it, and with the right practice hits the high partials with ease, i can slot the 2nd Eb above the staff as a partial, which has always been a problem past the c/d partial. I highly recommend this horn to any serious jazz player!
I began playing the trombone at 12 years of age with an olds student horn and at 18 traded it in for a brand new king 3b and 45 years later has never failed me the horn has never been in the shop the slide has the crome in tact a little worn in the 7th postion but but even then there is no friction the secret is before I put on the cream I rub the stocks up and down till there hot and apply the cream it gets into the pours of the slide for smoother work manship I done many solos across Florida, played for word of life in New York and many others places in the south and has never let me down and still playing solos today.
The 2103 (3B - sterling silver bell) trombone is well worth the investment. Far superior to my other awesone trombones (Martin, Bach 36, Bach 42T, and Olds Symphony), the 3B produces exceptional sound, responsiveness, and control. If you take good care of it, it will last for ever - my 1964 3B sounds as bright and clear today as the day I bought it.
I've had my Blessing B88-O for a year and love it...but the King is a monster! My bro started playing trombone for jazz band (baritone player) and since I'm off at college we needed another horn for him to play, so we got this one. I never realized I could shake walls with a horn before...and keep intonation. The slide is the best slide I have ever felt, you just have to be very careful to not over grease the slide or it will stick, it's that close of a fit. Properly lubed, it is frictionless. This horn also makes for effortless lip slurs. My only peeve with it is the bell/slide bolt comes from the slide and my hand sometimes knocks it loose while playing. Also, its not that it doesn't blend easily, but it is easy to blast out your section with it if you aren't paying attention. Oh yea, and the tuning slide is rather tight, but not stuck, just takes pressure.
Of all the horns I have own, which is considerable, I've found my 2103 3B to have the best slide action of them all. I like the light weight feel of the horn, and it is my horn of choice for recording.
I used to play on a Bach LT16M. Don't get me wrong, it's a great horn, but I didn't realize what I was missing until I broke the Bach and had to borrow a friends' King 3B for rehearsals while it was getting fixed. The 3B has the versatility to pop out low notes, while still being able to soar through the upper register where the Bach got cloudy and resistant. Double High F's are a cinch. With such an easy-blowing horn it is incredibly easy to float on top of the section, or bury the whole band, if you're so inclined ;) I had tried a 2B Plus, and felt like I was blowing through a straw into a soda and making bubbles, but with the larger bore of the 3B, you can darken your sound in section playing. But the part I like best is how easy it is to get the perfect laser-beam lead trombone sound i've spent years trying to obtain.
I am a 78 year old piano tuner who plays trombone any chance I get. I owned a Conn 88H for a number of years, but did not ever get that good feeling of accomplishment with it. I managed to get by with student grade horns and antiques for a number of years, but always wanted to get a "really good" horn. After much research, I decided there is only one way to decide which horn fits me. I went to a music store where they had a number of professional grade horns to try them all. The 3B was actually last on my list to try, but the minute I ran the scale down to low F, I knew this was the horn. It is a sweet sounding horn in the highest register and a really mellow low tone horn. I am very happy with the King 7c mouthpiece, although I am also using a Schilke 47 with nearly equal tone and range. I would recommend that anyone in the market for an instrument with easy range and great tone coupled with a velvet smooth slide consider this horn.
As with another review, I too used the Bach LT16M for 20 years for jazz and dance band. Upon reading some discussions and reviews of the 2103 3B, I tried this horn and decided to change trombones. I found the 2103 3B easier to control in the high register, easier to control dynamically and easier playing lip trills. But most importantly, the tone was sweeter and less focused yeilding a warmer timbre. This enables me to blend better in a jazz sectional yet I can still project forcefully during solos.
Played horn out of the box at dance band rehearsal...was awed with the ease of playing all registers; didn't much like the 7C mouthpiece, too harsh tone, squealing highs robust but very harsh.
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