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« on: Apr 05, 2017, 12:29PM »

I saw a jazzbone a while ago and was wondering if it was any good to play. I am traveling around and want something light and compact to bring with me.
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 2017, 01:33PM »

You mean one of these?
http://trombainstruments.com/products/tromba-jazzbone/
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 05, 2017, 01:51PM »

I tried one of these recently; it was an interesting experience.

Firstly, I am used to playing slides of different lengths, tenor, alto and descant, so I switched to descant mode and coped very well with the half length slide and positions.
The slide was like any other plastic trombone slide; it needed work.
The biggest problem was the fact that high F  Tenor Clef was a very strange, unfocused note. It was fine in #4 but not in 1st.
The other problem for me was the ergonomics of the thing. The double slide is built so that in cross section the slide tubes are at the angles of a rhombus instead of a rectangle. This reduces the room for the fingers of the left hand and felt very uncomfortable. I tried to hold it with all the left hand fingers going over to the mouthpiece receiver but it didn't help.

Would I use one? Possibly.
Would I recommend one? Only if the player has tried to play a descant trombone already.
Would I buy one? I am still thinking about it. The sensible half of my brain says "Don't be stupid" but the crazy half says "Why not. Have some fun" Problem is that the crazy half of my brain is twice the size of the sensible half and growing with advancing years. :(

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 05, 2017, 02:35PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XcNWBHiEak


BTW, the reason the plastic extends beyond the stockings on two of the inner tubes is to help you re-assemble the slide.  Good!

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 14, 2017, 10:50AM »

I got a Jazzbone last year and spent a month trying to get comfortable with it. As mentioned above, the ergonomics are pretty awful. I even surgically removed some of the material on the left hand area to make it more comfortable. It didn't help much. Intonation is difficult to maintain, especially in the upper register. My overall opinion is not to waste your time or money on a Jazzbone. It's a great concept and if they'd make it correctly (out of brass perhaps) I would be very interested in buying one.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 14, 2017, 02:20PM »

Wow, performing surgery on your left hand to make a horn fit better - that's dedication!

Did you do it yourself?  Did you use anesthetic?
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 20, 2017, 08:45AM »

Wow, performing surgery on your left hand to make a horn fit better - that's dedication!

Did you do it yourself?  Did you use anesthetic?

I assume you've heard of The Mayo Clinic?
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 20, 2017, 09:03AM »

After seeing it, I wouldn't buy one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XcNWBHiEak
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 20, 2017, 10:10AM »

Has anyone actually seen these played out in the wilderness? Perhaps comic effect/show factor one-offs at actual gigs and stuff? I was highly interested in them when they were first introduced, but I haven't heard of many players actually out there using them at all besides Trent and the few guys around here.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 21, 2017, 07:02AM »

Looks like a duff copy of a DEG Quadro Bone


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