Bass trombones with resistance

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PhillyG
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Bass trombones with resistance

Post by PhillyG » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:49 pm

I don't like a free blowing bass trombone as I have a relatively small breath supply. Thus, I seem to do better with an instrument that has more resistance in it's playability. What should I be looking for?

Thoughts?

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Re: Bass trombones with resistance

Post by pompatus » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:55 pm

King Duo Gravis may be a good option for you.
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Re: Bass trombones with resistance

Post by Burgerbob » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:25 pm

In the end, the resistance comes from you.
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Re: Bass trombones with resistance

Post by GabrielRice » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:50 pm

A bass trombone is a bass trombone, but stick with a single bore slide and rotary valves. An old-school Bach 50B2 or 3 with closed wrap has some nice resistance, actually. The Yamaha 613H (no longer in production) is a nice horn that doesn't feel big but can make a big sound.

I would be more concerned about the mouthpiece. Hopefully you're already used to something on the smaller side, but stay away from wide open throats. I play a big mouthpiece - a Doug Elliott XB more or less equivalent to a Schilke 60 - but Doug's throats are quite small compared to other mouthpieces in that size range, and it helps me play longer phrases and keep a full sound without overly stressing my breathing.
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Re: Bass trombones with resistance

Post by Redthunder » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:49 pm

Burgerbob wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:25 pm
In the end, the resistance comes from you.
This took me a long time to figure out.
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Re: Bass trombones with resistance

Post by Crazy4Tbone86 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:27 pm

Burgerbob wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:25 pm
In the end, the resistance comes from you.
That sounds like advice that Yoda would give to a trombone player!
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