The trombone is a very unique musical instrument. It is traditionally made out of brass and formed into a sort of long “S” shape.
The sound is created by vibrating one’s lips in the mouthpiece and altering the length of the telescoping tube slide.
Although most trombones use a slide, valve trombones have three valves like a trumpet instead of the slide.
The two most popular types of trombones are the tenor trombone and the bass trombone.
The Trombone is no doubt one of the best beginner instruments for anyone wanting to get into music.
However, with so many options it can be very difficult to find which one is both quality enough to perform with and affordable enough to not break the bank.
Over here at Brass Instrument Warehouse we have took the liberty of narrowing down the once vast array of choices to just five of the best for you to choose from!
Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone
Manufactured by a very trusted company, Mendini, this is a #1 best seller and we can see why.
This beautifully crafted, gold trombone comes complete with a one year warranty, tuner, pocketbook & more.
With over 155 verified customer reviews and a nearly 5 star rating, you really can’t go wrong with this one!
”Just starting off on Trombone. It’s a great instrument to play around on and learn with. After playing woodwind instruments my whole life I have really enjoyed playing on this trombone. Great quality for the price.” -Aaron Nelson
- Gold lacquer B Flat tenor slide trombone
- 500″ medium bore, 8″ bell
- Balanced weight distribution
- Includes: Cecilio 92-D chromatic tuner, pocketbook, pro-deluxe durable hard case with backpack straps, a pair of white gloves & cleaning cloth
- 1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer’s Defects
Tromba TRB-SL Plastic Trombones BB Tenor
Affordable and reliable.
This trombone might not come with the fancy add-ons like other kits do but you can most definitely count on it to hold up for many years to come and look good doing it.
This is another one of those products that you simply cannot go wrong with because of how trusted it has become in the industry.
- Color: Silver
- Tone: BB tone
- Bore: 0.500″
- Bell size: 8.5 inch
- Mouthpiece: 12C sized small shank matching colored
pBone PBONE1B Jiggs Plastic Trombone
Not only does this colorful instrument stand out among the crowd (It is also available in orange, pink, black, white, yellow, purple & red), it is one of the easiest trombones to carry around with you.
Weighing only 1.8 pounds it is absolutely perfect for someone younger who is just getting started in the art!
And of course, it comes with the convenient carrying case to top it off.
- Lightweight – only 1.8 Lbs
- Ergonomic Design
- Fabric Carry Bag
- Matching Mouthpiece
- Pitched in Bb
- Durable ABS Plastic
- Glass-fibre Lockable Slide
Glory GTD-2 B Flat Brass Trombone
Mainly for the simplistic beginner, this kit comes with the essentials such as a 12C mouthpiece and a deluxe hard case carrying bag and a care kit.
If you are trying to save the most amount of money, this is the product for you!
- Gold lacquer Finish, tenor trombone,Durable High Quality Brass Body
- deluxe durable hard case
- Bb/F Key
D’Luca 750L 750 Series Brass Bb Tenor Slide Trombone
Hands down the best in the industry.
Every D’Luca trombone is quality inspected in LA to ensure standards are met.
This kit comes with everything you could need when performing such as a lightweight case, swab, full set cleaning kit which includes slide oil, polishing cloth, trombone snake, mouthpiece brush, tuning slide grease & even spit corks.
As if it needs anything else to top it off as #1 on our list, it also comes with a 1 Year D’Luca Limited Manufacturer Warranty!
”Instrument came on time. It’s well made, sounds great, and was cheaper than renting. Excellent choice for my 5th grade beginner. Plus confirmed as a good choose by his music teacher.” -CJ
Buying Your First Trombone: Brass or Plastic
The trombone belongs to the brass family of instruments and has been around since the 17th century.
Recently though, there has been developments with building trombones out of plastic instead of brass.
Many claim that these plastic trombones are extremely similar in sound to their brass predecessors.
These new plastic trombones can be great for students, playing in a marching band, or for traveling with.
Let’s take a look at some of the differences between plastic and brass trombones.
Plastic Trombones versus Brass Trombones: Cost
When it comes to cost, trombones can get a little pricey for a beginner.
The accessories that you will need will add more to that total as well.
Some of the accessories that you might need are a case, a bow protector, a maintenance kit, and slide cream.
Traditional brass trombones can cost anywhere from $200 to $600 not including the accessories.
The new plastic trombones on the market are a bit more inexpensive costing about $150 for a brand new one.
I would definitely recommend a plastic trombone for a beginner who wants to keep their cost down.
Plastic Trombones versus Brass Trombones: Ease of Playing
When it comes to the difference of playing a brass trombone or a plastic trombone, they are almost exactly the same.
The only difference that I am aware of is that the slide on the plastic trombone has a different feel to it that takes a little getting used to.
It will get smoother with use.
Since you will just be starting out playing the trombone, this should not be an issue though.
Plastic Trombones versus Brass Trombones: Quality & Style
When it comes to style, traditional brass trombones pretty much all look the same as they have for a really long time.
If you are looking for something a bit more modern, the plastic trombones are the best way to go.
They often come in different colors and will really stand out in a crowd!
So Which Kind of Trombone Should You Start Out With?
When it comes down to making your final decision about choosing a brass or plastic trombone, there really is no clear winner.
It really depends on which one you would prefer.
If you want to play traditional trombone music in an orchestra or band, you might want to consider choosing the brass trombone.
If you would like a more inexpensive instrument, one that is good for travel, and one that looks more modern and unique, a plastic trombone might be the best one for you.
Whichever one you choose, have fun playing the trombone and remember … practice, practice, practice!