Best Trombones in 2020



Jean Paul USA TB-400 Trombone Review:


I got this for my son after we encouraged him to try out for solo/ensemble. He practiced his piece for weeks and as a reward I surprised him with this trombone right before his performance. He ended up getting superior (highest you can get). Coming from playing an Olds trombone in high school this one is pretty good for the price. I wouldn't say that it is the best that I have heard but it is good enough for a student trombone.
For what you get you can't go wrong.



pBone Jiggs Plastic Trombone-Blue Review:


I gave this 5 stars with a "but". It 5 stars isn't because its the best trombone in the world. It is just better than anyone would expect from a plastic and fiberglass trombone; especially from china.

Its light, the slide moves very freely. No sticking at all, even for its light weight. Rest the slide on the ground and yank the trombone up as fast as you can and the slide won't leave the ground. Lose your grip and it'll go flying. Best thing, when you pick up your just dropped slide, it still slides perfectly.

Its super light. I thought it would be a bit heavier. Feels a little fragile and I'm sure it is. But if you're used to treating your brass horn nicely, it shouldn't be a problem.

Ok, sound:
It sounds like its made of plastic. That is, the brass it doesn't have, doesn't ring. It sounds a little muted. You can still blare but it plays quietly. (i've been on a big bore horn for a while, it may be my imagination). I can play this quieter than any other brass instrument in my house (several). It sounds a bit more like a baritone/euphonium than a trombone. That's fine for around the house though.
The slide is noticeably loud. Its raw fiberglass (not gel coat) against brass and you can hear it. We'll see if that gets better over time. I'm getting some black "sludge" off the slide, and the brass ends are showing polishing, so it may be getting better.
Mouthpiece is a very small cup size. Not what I'm used to, but it seems to make the horn very playable.

I haven't had any trouble with any octave range like one reviewer said somewhere. Plays very easily. Very responsive. Maybe its the tiny mouthpiece more than the horn.

Other stuff:
The "jiggs pBone" and "made in china" logo are silk screened on and not the kind that flakes off easily with a thumbnail. Good for keeping the logos looking "good" but I was really hoping it would be a vinyl decal I could peel off and make it look like an enameled horn. Using a small hard plastic widget I was able to get the "CE" logo off the made in china decal with little residual marking. I'll continue on this and then hit it with some rouge and a buffer wheel and see if I can get the pBone label off later.

There's a seam that runs down the horn as well. Its not sloppy but its visible. They polished it off the inside of the bell, but its quite noticeable on the outside of the bell and down the spine of the horn. That slightly misaligned mold type thing. a right hand bump on the top, left hand bump on the bottom. Nothing to really do about it. It is thick enough where it could be sanded and buffed to make it unnoticeable, but why? It already says "pbone" on it.

Conclusion:
Worth a shot for a practice horn or just a conversation piece. I bet it would be nice for caroling or street playing in the cold. Packing it on your back on a bicycle etc. Super light, and the case is tiny and light too.

Just had a funny image of the "around the campfire" crowd. Instead of someone pulling out a harmonica or a small guitar... pull out your trombone and play some songs around the campfire. Just don't get too close, or your horn will melt.



pBone Trombone (PBONE1W) Review:


I gave this 5 stars with a "but". It 5 stars isn't because its the best trombone in the world. It is just better than anyone would expect from a plastic and fiberglass trombone; especially from china.

Its light, the slide moves very freely. No sticking at all, even for its light weight. Rest the slide on the ground and yank the trombone up as fast as you can and the slide won't leave the ground. Lose your grip and it'll go flying. Best thing, when you pick up your just dropped slide, it still slides perfectly.

Its super light. I thought it would be a bit heavier. Feels a little fragile and I'm sure it is. But if you're used to treating your brass horn nicely, it shouldn't be a problem.

Ok, sound:
It sounds like its made of plastic. That is, the brass it doesn't have, doesn't ring. It sounds a little muted. You can still blare but it plays quietly. (i've been on a big bore horn for a while, it may be my imagination). I can play this quieter than any other brass instrument in my house (several). It sounds a bit more like a baritone/euphonium than a trombone. That's fine for around the house though.
The slide is noticeably loud. Its raw fiberglass (not gel coat) against brass and you can hear it. We'll see if that gets better over time. I'm getting some black "sludge" off the slide, and the brass ends are showing polishing, so it may be getting better.
Mouthpiece is a very small cup size. Not what I'm used to, but it seems to make the horn very playable.

I haven't had any trouble with any octave range like one reviewer said somewhere. Plays very easily. Very responsive. Maybe its the tiny mouthpiece more than the horn.

Other stuff:
The "jiggs pBone" and "made in china" logo are silk screened on and not the kind that flakes off easily with a thumbnail. Good for keeping the logos looking "good" but I was really hoping it would be a vinyl decal I could peel off and make it look like an enameled horn. Using a small hard plastic widget I was able to get the "CE" logo off the made in china decal with little residual marking. I'll continue on this and then hit it with some rouge and a buffer wheel and see if I can get the pBone label off later.

There's a seam that runs down the horn as well. Its not sloppy but its visible. They polished it off the inside of the bell, but its quite noticeable on the outside of the bell and down the spine of the horn. That slightly misaligned mold type thing. a right hand bump on the top, left hand bump on the bottom. Nothing to really do about it. It is thick enough where it could be sanded and buffed to make it unnoticeable, but why? It already says "pbone" on it.

Conclusion:
Worth a shot for a practice horn or just a conversation piece. I bet it would be nice for caroling or street playing in the cold. Packing it on your back on a bicycle etc. Super light, and the case is tiny and light too.

Just had a funny image of the "around the campfire" crowd. Instead of someone pulling out a harmonica or a small guitar... pull out your trombone and play some songs around the campfire. Just don't get too close, or your horn will melt.



pBone Jiggs Plastic Trombone-Purple (PBONE1P) Review:


I gave this 5 stars with a "but". It 5 stars isn't because its the best trombone in the world. It is just better than anyone would expect from a plastic and fiberglass trombone; especially from china.

Its light, the slide moves very freely. No sticking at all, even for its light weight. Rest the slide on the ground and yank the trombone up as fast as you can and the slide won't leave the ground. Lose your grip and it'll go flying. Best thing, when you pick up your just dropped slide, it still slides perfectly.

Its super light. I thought it would be a bit heavier. Feels a little fragile and I'm sure it is. But if you're used to treating your brass horn nicely, it shouldn't be a problem.

Ok, sound:
It sounds like its made of plastic. That is, the brass it doesn't have, doesn't ring. It sounds a little muted. You can still blare but it plays quietly. (i've been on a big bore horn for a while, it may be my imagination). I can play this quieter than any other brass instrument in my house (several). It sounds a bit more like a baritone/euphonium than a trombone. That's fine for around the house though.
The slide is noticeably loud. Its raw fiberglass (not gel coat) against brass and you can hear it. We'll see if that gets better over time. I'm getting some black "sludge" off the slide, and the brass ends are showing polishing, so it may be getting better.
Mouthpiece is a very small cup size. Not what I'm used to, but it seems to make the horn very playable.

I haven't had any trouble with any octave range like one reviewer said somewhere. Plays very easily. Very responsive. Maybe its the tiny mouthpiece more than the horn.

Other stuff:
The "jiggs pBone" and "made in china" logo are silk screened on and not the kind that flakes off easily with a thumbnail. Good for keeping the logos looking "good" but I was really hoping it would be a vinyl decal I could peel off and make it look like an enameled horn. Using a small hard plastic widget I was able to get the "CE" logo off the made in china decal with little residual marking. I'll continue on this and then hit it with some rouge and a buffer wheel and see if I can get the pBone label off later.

There's a seam that runs down the horn as well. Its not sloppy but its visible. They polished it off the inside of the bell, but its quite noticeable on the outside of the bell and down the spine of the horn. That slightly misaligned mold type thing. a right hand bump on the top, left hand bump on the bottom. Nothing to really do about it. It is thick enough where it could be sanded and buffed to make it unnoticeable, but why? It already says "pbone" on it.

Conclusion:
Worth a shot for a practice horn or just a conversation piece. I bet it would be nice for caroling or street playing in the cold. Packing it on your back on a bicycle etc. Super light, and the case is tiny and light too.

Just had a funny image of the "around the campfire" crowd. Instead of someone pulling out a harmonica or a small guitar... pull out your trombone and play some songs around the campfire. Just don't get too close, or your horn will melt.



Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone, Gold with Cupronickel Slide, 1 Year Warranty, Tuner, Pocketbook and More, MTB-LN Review:


 I played trombone for three years in middle school and had some extra amazon gift cards so I decided to buy another trombone out of nostalgia. I'm really please with my purchase. The sound is great and the construction is very good. It comes with a mouthpiece, metronome, tuner, slide grease, and gloves (for cleaning I guess?). The case is light but hard - perfect for carrying the instrument to school or band practice. The slide is quick and all pieces fit nicely. Tuning sounds great. This probably won't cut it if you're trying to play in the Philharmonic, but is way more than adequate for a school band or anyone just wanting to learn the trombone.

See the video below - I can't find anything negative to say about this trombone. If you're looking for something to buy your kiddo for band, this really is a great trombone and is going to be better than anything you'll find at your local music store. It comes with everything you need to start playing.



Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone, Gold with 1 Year Warranty, Tuner, Pocketbook and More, MTB-L Review:


Wow- what a great package! Because we just received it, I can't comment on things like durability yet, but my initial impression on everything is extremely favorable. Well packaged, nice case, the instrument was well protected and flawless- no scratches or dings. I love the silver accents too- looks like a high end instrument! The metronome/tuner seems very cool and even comes with batteries.

The instrument assembled as it should, and even while dry, the slide and tuning end moved very well and smooth. When I properly lubricate them, I think they should be smooth and quiet.

Finally, I put it to the test. Haven't played one for 30 years, but still managed a reasonable scale that sounded great actually! That must say something about its construction/design. Impressive for something at this cost point.

I'll post again after about a month (birthday present for my son). My son going into sixth grade next year is going to love it!



pInstruments pBone PBONE1BLK Jiggs Plastic Trombone, Black Review:


I've played French Horn and some trumpet for many years. I've always wanted to play around with the trombone but couldn't justify the cost of buying one until now. I've been having a lot of fun with the pBone since getting it a couple of weeks ago. It came with two plastic mouthpieces which were good for getting started. A lot of the comments that I read suggested getting a good metal mouthpiece which I just did. It makes the instrument sound much better, even at my current level of playing. The slide works well. It never was as noisy as some people have said but it has gotten smoother and quieter after a couple of weeks of playing. I especially like how light the instrument is.



Eastar ETB-330 Bb Tenor Trombone Brass with Hard Case Mouthpiece Cleaning Kit & Care Kit Standard Student Beginner Trombone Review:


 Overall construction, fit, and finish are excellent for price-point. Very lightweight but robust enough to withstand handling by a young beginner. Tone is midrange heavy and full so it won't cut through (which could be a good or bad thing depending on your application). Feel is lighter and smaller than more expensive intermediate models.

Out of the box, the slide was a little ratchety but slide grease it up and let it settle and it will improve tho you may never get it to be slick. I would say this instrument is ample for elementary-middle school student. A high school student could use this as a practice instrument at home but may not be suitable for heavy ensemble playing for tone and volume in a group.

All included accessories are adequate. I would upgrade the slide lube and mouthpiece out of the box.