[Dixielandjazz] Trombone

Bryan Livett livett at rogers.com
Tue Feb 25 16:02:42 PST 2003

Hi Dick:  Yeah, and when you play it the valves and your left hand are right
under your nose, the slide positions are different from what you are used to
with a regular slide trombone (everything's lower by the width of the valve
section) and your right arm muscle memory is put severely to the test.  I
had one and sold it pretty quick, couldn't get used to it.  It's okay I
suppose if you play with a blues band who do everything in "guitar" keys
including B!

Conn also made a "SuperBone" in the 80's to compete with the Holton TR395
but neither ever did well.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dick Miller" <Dick_Miller at pmug.org>
To: <heppkat at juno.com>
Cc: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Trombone

> heppkat at juno.com writes:
> >Don Ingle mentioned Bob Enavolson on Trombone. He is one of the
> >greatest!!! He has a trombone that has valves but also a slide.
> >He could lock the slide and play valve Tb, unlock it and do great smears.
> That's called a Holton Superbone, and was developed in consultation with
> Maynard Ferguson. The trombonist with the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band,
> Lew Chapman, plays one, and does a marvelous job of it. He even plays the
> valves and slide in combination to enable easier fingerings and playing in
> strange keys (key of B? no problem: push down 2nd valve, play in C).
> He let me try it once, and I found it to be a little stuffy (although
> you'd never know it to hear him play). Of course, I'm judging it by ease
> of blowing of a big-bore slide Holton with F attachment, and a Bach
> marching trombone (my two usual horns, and both of which blow very
> freely). Like any compromise, it sub-optimizes each of the individual
> components in order to achieve the synthesis.
> --Dick Miller
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