[Dixielandjazz] Valve Trombones

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Wed Jun 21 13:35:55 PDT 2006

There was a music store in Sacramento, Tim's Band Instrument Service  
- I think now out of business - that was as much a museum of brass as  
it was a store. They had a folded slide trombone (AKA Quadro® Slide  
by DEG - regular Bb pitch, but half the slide stroke length) I had  
never seen before. It was very tricky to play and I could see why  
they were so rare ;-)

There is a picture of this and some other t-bone variants at http:// 
(even a slide/valve trumpet combo horn, Bob!)

Dave Richoux
On Jun 21, 2006, at 12:36 PM, Robert Smith wrote:

> It is, of course, impossible to have a three or four valve  
> instrument that is in tune over the whole range. Therefore, in my  
> opinion, all brass instruments should be equipped with a slide  
> instead of valves, so that they can be played in tune over the  
> whole range without the necessity of "bending" some notes.
> French Horns would have to be radically redesigned, and tubas would  
> need a double slide, as the slide would have to have a reach of  
> nearly 1½ metres.
> This can be overcome by having two slides side-by-side joined  
> together. The mouthpiece would be fitted to the top piston of the  
> right-hand slide, and the bottom piston would feed into a semi- 
> circular tube at the mouthpiece end leading to the top piston of  
> the left-hand slide which would lead to the bottom piston connected  
> to the tube leading to the bell.
> The weight of such a slide would necessitate some form of roller  
> table support.
> Cheers
> Bob Smith
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