As my user name indicates, I am looking for a used trombone for my son. He is 14 years old, and has played trombone for 3.5 years. His private teacher recommended him to upgrade his horn. We have been keeping an eye on a used one locally. Here is some options:
1. used Bach Omega with F trigger ($400), older, hands down horn, no dings.
2. used Bach Soloist with F trigger ($750), 3 years old.
3. used King 607F with F trigger ($325), some small dings, ~10 years old?
4. NEW Eastman Trombone with F-Attachment, $1160
5. New Jupiter 1236L-O with F trigger, $1739 (out of our price range though).
My son tried some of them, he likes mos of them, we are not sure which one is has the best quality/price value? I went through some old posts in this forum, it seems not all fit a 14 years boys need.
Any comments will be greatly appreciated! I don't play any instrument, so I got no clue at all.
I have a Bach Omega, and I love it. I can't say much about the others, but I've heard a lot of bad things about Blessing horns. I'd say either get one of the two Bach horns, or the King, provided you fix the dents.
Steve, Erik, or anyone else who knows more than me, please add to or correct what I'm saying.
Sorry to disagree with you, but the Omega is NOT a large bore horn. It's a .525 also.
Keep your eyes on the Trombone Forum Classifeds http://classifieds.tromboneforum.org/
The decision to go small/med/large bore is not one to be taken lightly and should be discussed with his teacher.
The Blessing, if it's the horn I think it is, is their copy of a Conn 88H and isn't a bad horn. Not a great horn either. Honestly, I'd keep looking until you find an OLDER Bach 36 or 42. The newer ones just aren't what they used to be, but the older ones tend to be real players.
Don't worry about cosmetics too much. My 42 is pretty ugly, but it sure does play nice.
Thanks for all the comments. I will keep an eye on claasified.
I am thinking to find one before he goes to audition in Oct 20. He really wants to make all state band.his private teacher is having him to try several new jupitors now, but I am thinking if we can find a good used one will be better than a low to middle price range new one.
for the two Bach, which one is better? is the Omega pretty good one? I read an older poster here to compare omega with others, but how about with soloist?
Again, I have an Omega, and I really like it. The slide drops after you tilt it about 1/2 an inch from parallel. It also has a great sound. I've never played on a Bach Soloist before, so I can't make a comparison. But anyway, when in doubt, listen to Steve. He knows a lot more than I do.
I know know that Bach 36 and 42 might be the best. but the price might be the best too. I have talked the the local owner of Bach omega, my son can try that out this Sunday. I am thinking the bach omega is a great upgrade for him for now, if he can stay with trombone, he can upgrade to another level later. also this bach omega sounds a good deal ($400), no dent, no dings, the case looks old from the picture, the owner does not know the year made. well, if my son dose not like the omega sound, I have to looking for 36 or 42 then. I talked with his tutor, he said omega is ok for him now.
I will keep you guys posted if I found good 36 and 42 deals, and I will let you know about this bach omega Sunday afternoon after tryout.
we bought that bach omega last Sunday, and we brought it to his private tutor to take a look tonight. this trombone is omega 200, not as good as 100 model, but his tutor said that was a very good instrument, and good enough for my son go through high school. and of course he would need another one if he goes to music major in the college.
well, we still could find the date made of this trombone, the serial number dose not match the number from the website Le-tromboniste recommended.
we will have this trombone serviced, and buy a large mouthpiece, and it is ready to go. my son is happy with it.
You guys are awesome. Thanks all the input. I really appreciate that.