The Dillon Bass Trombone is the perfect instrument for the beginning bass trombonist or professional doubling musician on a budget. The instrument is well suited for everything from classical ensembles to jazz big bands. The ease of playing will allow the musician to grow with the instrument through their playing career.
- Key of Bb/F/Gb/D
- .562” bore yellow brass hand slide
- 9.5” yellow brass bell flare
- Independent double rotor design
- Comes with extra tuning slide for Eb
- Also comes with case and mouthpiece.
I’m mainly a tenor trombone player but occasionally play bass trombone here and there. I’ve usually either relied on university horns or borrowing from a friend. I couldn’t justify spending several thousand dollars on a name brand horn, so I gave this horn a shot and crossed my fingers. And I was blown away. Plays well in tune and produces a great sound as well. All my band members were blown away with how much I spent on this horn. I can’t say it’s in the same league as the American made brands, but if you’re somebody who needs a bass for the occasional gig and on a budget definitely give this horn a shot. If you’re a band director and need a bass trombone on a budget, I 100% recommend this horn.
It’s not perfect, the valves needed some fine tuning to align them correctly. And the slide needed a good cleaning to get the best results. It’s not the fastest slide I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely usable for MOST applications. But given the price of $1000, you won’t find a better horn for the price.
After contacting Dillon Music re. a tight tuning slide, they offered to pay to have it adjusted. I was able to do this locally and the horn now plays beautifully. I also find that the extra Eflat slide is a real bonus and gives me options for very useful alternate positions. I would definitely purchase items from Dillon Music in the future.
Overall excellent horn. Very good sound all ranges. Slide action smooth. One slight problem was it came with E flat slide installed instead of G flat. G flat slide is tight and needs rubber mallet to adjust. Trigger design (which must be very common) is awkward to use. Have not found best way to hold it yet. Both valves function very well. Overall very pleased with horn. Wonderful value for the money.