Should I continue to use my tenor trombone or invest in a bass trombone? I have been offered a bass trombone for $800 dollars. The original price was $1636, she bought the trombone 2 years ago. It is in very good condition, no dents and the slide is working fine. Please if somebody could help me I would be grateful.

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  • If you want to play bass trombone, then possibly. By the price, I assume it was a Wessex, JP Rath, or maybe a Jupiter? – mkingsbu Feb 7 '18 at 20:13
  • Oh, you brass players. I only wish I could get a bow, let alone a cello, of sufficient quality to play decently for that kind of money. – Carl Witthoft Feb 8 '18 at 14:12

If you want to play bass trombone you will need a bass trombone. If not, well then you will not need it.

Playing bass trombone, talking from own experience, is a bit different from the tenor trombone. I highly recommend that if you are going that path, do take at least a few lessons from a knowledgeable bass trombone player / teacher. Or at least a tuba teacher. If you want to sound your best you will need quite a bit of air, much more than on the tenor trombone. It takes technique and practice to get all that air in, and then play relaxed where it should be relaxed.

So, my suggestion, unless you can book a teacher, do not buy the bass.

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