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« on: Feb 27, 2013, 07:23PM »

I'm just curious, since I'll probaly never bother to get one, but are P-bones worth it. It seems to me like they would be better for the aerage beginer then most student horns
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 27, 2013, 07:30PM »

If you're in a pep band, marching or field band, or anyplace where there's a possibility of getting your horn bent? Yeah ....I rather have it happen to a pBone. -For such an occasion ...yeah I would say they're worth it.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 27, 2013, 08:10PM »

I say they're worth it. I love my Pbone. I don't use it regularly, but it's great to bust out from time to time and get a few laughs.

In my opinion it plays like a student model horn, but it sounds like a trombone, and that's good enough for me.
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 27, 2013, 09:49PM »

Yup. If you play any kind of rowdy gig, there's no substitute.

I played in a rap band recently where my Conn would have been destroyed- Pbone just need some super glue.
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 28, 2013, 12:21AM »

Yup. If you play any kind of rowdy gig, there's no substitute.

I played in a rap band recently where my Conn would have been destroyed- Pbone just need some super glue.

Damn, what happened to it? Pbones can stand a lot of abuse!  :-0
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 28, 2013, 05:23AM »

Give it a couple of years and there will be a flood of them on Ebay. There are a few there already. Fun for a while but limited in use. Probably best as a teaching aid. The recent price rises have now placed it where you can actually buy a cheaper one in brass.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 28, 2013, 05:35AM »

Yup. If you play any kind of rowdy gig, there's no substitute.

I played in a rap band recently where my Conn would have been destroyed- Pbone just need some super glue.

They're also great for travel, and feather light in case you need to carry them a long way or have some injuries that make holding a heavy horn difficult. 
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 28, 2013, 11:45AM »

Damn, what happened to it? Pbones can stand a lot of abuse!  :-0

I, uh, threw it a few times. The bell seam (halfway down the bell) broke a little.
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 28, 2013, 12:55PM »

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 28, 2013, 06:11PM »

Depends on your definition of "worth it." Good for a few laughs, and vacations and things in which you want to be able to practice, but have no urgent need to, and therefore would rather not risk breakage of a $2000+ investment.
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2013, 12:39PM »

I can see the value in one, although I will probably justify the cost.

Here's a short list:
camping
the beach
deep sea fishing
camping at the beach
family reunions
ball games (any kind of ball)
4th of July neighborhood celebrations

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 04, 2013, 03:27PM »

Nope.
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 04, 2013, 07:21PM »

For me personally I'm not really at a point where I can shell out 2k or so for an alto trombone but I still want to learn my way around it, so I'm extremely interested in buying a pbone mini because the price is definitely right for learning my way around the instrument.
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 04, 2013, 07:22PM »

For me personally I'm not really at a point where I can shell out 2k or so for an alto trombone but I still want to learn my way around it, so I'm extremely interested in buying a pbone mini because the price is definitely right for learning my way around the instrument.

My thoughts exactly.

I'll never actually have an occasion to need an alto, but I'd like the challenge.
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 05, 2013, 05:46AM »

For me personally I'm not really at a point where I can shell out 2k or so for an alto trombone but I still want to learn my way around it, so I'm extremely interested in buying a pbone mini because the price is definitely right for learning my way around the instrument.

I'm not sure it's the best choice for learning alto. If you check the video on Youtube, it doesn't play well in tune with itself and it doesn't appear to be able to play at A=440.
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« Reply #15 on: Mar 06, 2013, 04:05AM »

Hi I think they are great for schools. I teach school bands and when a pupil comes along with a bent slide that won't work and says my little brother got hold of it and bent it, I think the plastic ones are ideal because the parents don't have to outlay big bucks for a horn that dents easily. Sure they will break as well but are easier to fix and I find that the kids tend to practice more because of the novelty. Just my thoughts Max
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« Reply #16 on: Mar 06, 2013, 04:15AM »

For me personally I'm not really at a point where I can shell out 2k or so for an alto trombone but I still want to learn my way around it, so I'm extremely interested in buying a pbone mini because the price is definitely right for learning my way around the instrument.
I played one at TMEA and I think you would be better off with a chinese alto. The pBone minis were worse then the chinese ones. Pretty much the same price too

It doesnt have an alto sound and feels very dead and stuffy as compared to both regular pBones and chinese altos. Also using different mouthpieces than the one provided didnt help improve it much

It wasnt a fun trombone....  :cry:
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« Reply #17 on: Mar 06, 2013, 05:12AM »

Despite my previous comment I have just ordered a PboneMini (Eb alto)!!!
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« Reply #18 on: Mar 06, 2013, 05:15AM »

I played one at TMEA and I think you would be better off with a chinese alto. The pBone minis were worse then the chinese ones. Pretty much the same price too

It doesnt have an alto sound and feels very dead and stuffy as compared to both regular pBones and chinese altos. Also using different mouthpieces than the one provided didnt help improve it much

It wasnt a fun trombone....  :cry:

I have a red pBone alto on order.  I don't care how bad it is.  Just something to mess around on from time to time.

I used my pBone for an entire rehearsal last night as kind of a joke.  It began to suck after about half an hour - big mistake not to bring my real horn.  I thought it sounded terrible from behind the bell.  A guy in front of me who works at Shires turned around and said, "You know, that thing actually doesn't sound too bad!"  Probably more of a testament to my playing rather than the pBone's greatness.  I hope.

The deadness of the horn was making me tired more quickly - I don't get this tired on a real horn.  I think it's ok to use it on a few tunes, but definitely not for a whole gig.
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« Reply #19 on: Mar 06, 2013, 06:58AM »



"I dislike playing my P-bone, but I need another one?"

"I said earlier that it's really not a good time to buy one and they're limited in use, but I bought another one anyway?"


I think they're putting something addictive in the plastic.  Evil Maybe when they come out with the P-bone micro, it can come in a little rectangular packet with 20 inside.
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