I've always been a bit of an equipment junkie, working continually on finding instruments that help me get the sound and music in my head out into the world. Every year, I have to play in a variety of styles, genres, and ensembles and I need instruments that match those needs. Below are instruments I own and use.
(images not to scale)
(images not to scale)
Yamaha 671-T Alto Trombone. This is an older model Yamaha alto trombone that has been discontinued. It features a half step trill valve built into the main tuning slide. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 10S (skeletonized)
Getzen Custom Reserve 4147IB. This fine trombone was designed by and for Ian Bousfield, former principal trombone of both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. This instrument combines the sonic flexibility and color of some of the old Conn designs with a modern feel and a great valve. It has been customized with a BrassArk replica 1919 Conn 8H leadpipe. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 10ML or 10MXL
Vintage/Modern Conn 8H. This instrument combines an Elkhart-made bell section with more modern slide sections. The bell's engraving suggests a date somewhere in the 1960s, between the Deco engraving of the 1950s and before Conn's move to Abilene in 1970. It has both a dual bore .525/.547-inch slide (my preferred option) and a straight large bore slide. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 10ML
Davis Shuman Model DS128. This trombone is the revolution that never happened (and, yes, it's supposed to look like that). Designed and patented by Davis Shuman, who taught at the Juilliard School of Music in the mid-20th century, this "angular trombone" was supposed to solve ergonomic issues Shuman found in the typical trombone design. It never caught on. I keep this instrument around for curiosity's sake.
Custom SE Shires/Edwards Bass Trombone. This is my workhorse orchestral bass trombone. This dual-bore slide has a nickel crook and oversleeves and was made by Edwards; I use a #1 leadpipe. The valves are Shires' independent rotors. A gold brass C taper tuning slide and BII 1Y yellow brass bell complete this instrument. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 21BXL with an enlarged backbore.
Customized SE Shires ProSelect Bass Trombone. This trombone serves as a backup and change of pace instrument. The ProSelect line was sold as a non-configurable set of common Shires parts and was discontinued after a few years of production. The bell section consists of a gold brass B1 2G bell, a yellow brass C taper tuning slide (it shipped with a B tuning slide), and independent rotors. The single bore slide has a nickel crook and oversleeves; I use a Shires #3 leadpipe with it. Since this picture was taken, the bell has been converted to a screw bell and the bell hardware has been made interchangeable with the other Shires bass trombone I own. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 21BXL with an enlarged backbore.
Wessex Dolce Cantabile Euphonium. This reasonably priced Chinese-made clone plays much better than its price tag might indicate. It's a solidly-made compensating instrument that plays as well as it looks. Preferred mouthpiece: Hammond Design 10MXL or 10L.