My Trombones

These are the instruments Keith is using at the moment, with his comments about each.

Rath R9DST Bass Trombone

Rath Bass "I use this for orchestral work. I have found adding a 10.5 inch bell to the standard configuration has made quite a difference for certain pieces although I retain the standard 9.5 inch bell for lighter work. Bronze slide, red brass bell."

Elkhart Conn 88H Tenor Trombone

88H Tenor "This is my orchestral tenor. Built in the 1960s it has stood the test of time."

Olds Self-balancing Tenor Trombone

Olds Tenor "This 1920s jazz instrument is extraordinarily versatile. In addition to playing jazz on it I have use it for alto trombone work. It was particularly effective used to play the Albrechtsberger concerto."

Besson International G/D Bass Trombone

Besson G Bass "No pea-shooter this! I recently played Beethoven 5th on this and, although totally unauthentic in theory, in practice it made the sound the conductor was looking for. I've had an extension slide made which lowers the valve to C when required."

Amati-Denak ASL 601 Alto Trombone

Amati Alto "This is essentially a copy of the Bach 39 and is one of the better models from this Czech manufacturer. Pitched in E Flat, the Amati gets used on the odd occasion. I find it a little too trumpety for most orchestral use and so play the Olds (above) if required to play 1st in the likes of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann."

Wessex JBSL-850L Contrabass Trombone

Wessex Contra "This monster is pitched in F with valves to D and to BBb (which together make approximately AAb, although that's not used much). It is a formidable beast, giving those low notes in the Strauss Alpensinfonie and Mahler's 6th Symphony that authentic sound without having to resort to pedal tones. It also proved essential in a production of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder although there was a section there that required pedal tones even on this! The picture doesn't really give an indication of the sheer size of this trombone, nearly half as long again as my bass trombone and almost as tall as me!"

Wessex Sackbuts: Alto in Eb, Tenor in Bb, Bass in F

Sackbuts Having decided to start working in the field of early music for the first time in many years I was surprised to find this set of affordable sackbuts were available so that I didn't have to just specialise on bass. Much as I prefer the bass instrument it is good to be flexible, particularly when some pieces require doubling. The quality of finish of these instruments is very good for Chinese make but having already used the Wessex Contra above I suppose I shouldn't have expected any different.