The JP331RATH medium large bore (.525") Bb/F trombone is the latest in a line of collaborations with trombone guru Michael Rath. Michael has put many years of experience into the design of the leadpipe, the operation of the valve and the methods of construction. The custom designed leadpipe gives excellent response in all registers while retaining support for inexperienced players. The ergonomic thumb lever is easy to adjust for smaller hands and the closed-wrap design and counterweight ensure optimum balance and enable younger players to retain good posture beyond 4th position. This instrument sets new standards in the intermediate market and beyond.
The 331 offers the Bb/F combination that is becoming increasingly the popular instrument of choice for young trombonists both in the UK and abroad.
4Barsrest.com Review Stephen Sykes, tenor trombone soloist "This is where Rath’s experience comes into its own for me – with an instrument that is so well designed and put together that it is hard to think of anything in the same class for the money.
The medium large bore (.525") offers real flexibility throughout the range, a classic well rounded, fully centred tone and great intonation in both the Bb and F guises.
It’s the design, with young student player in mind that impresses most however.
Rath have really put in the hours in the workshop to make sure all the elements blend together to enhance the playing experience.
The trigger mechanism is lightning fast, whilst the adjustable thumb lever is a real bonus – ensuring that even the smallest of hands can work the mechanism in comfort.
The slide has a real slick feel, whilst the warp around design for all the plumbing behind the player’s head has been neatly compacted and expertly balanced with the counterweight. It really does ensure good posture and embouchure even from the smallest of performers.
It’s a really responsive instrument that gives so much back to a player willing to work it hard and with its lightweight case it doesn’t break you back (or your student bank balance) either."
All new instruments come with our Perfect Performance Guarantee.
When we receive any new instrument into stock, that instrument has been on a whirlwind journey to reach us.
From the moment it leaves the factory, packed into boxes stacked high upon each other in containers, it is subject to vibrations, knocks, and temperature variations. Instruments sometimes arrive by air, but more commonly they arrive by boat. If you think where an instrument is likely to have travelled from - Japan, Taiwan and, increasingly, China - this can mean an instrument might spend up to 6 weeks in transit.
When it reaches the UK, the instrument may sit in a distributor's warehouse for a couple of months, before being couriered to us.
The upshot of this is that all woodwind and brass instruments need an amount of setting up before they are ready to be played. An instrument might work without this, but until it's absolutely spot-on, it won't be playing at its best and you may even experience problems.
We prefer to go one step further than 'working'
We optimise every instrument we sell. This means:
Ensuring that keys are sprung lightly and evenly - unless you've got fingers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a heavily sprung instrument can be hard work and even lead to RSI
Fitting joints properly - joints which do not fit well are very common on new instruments. Joints which are too tight will, 9 times out of 10, lead to bent tubing or keywork as you grasp harder to force the instrument together. Joints which are too loose have their own problems too
Oiling keywork or valves - to ensure that the mechanics of the instrument are as smooth and quiet as possible
Adjusting in padding - the pads on a woodwind instrument are prone to movement, which can mean an instrument is difficult to play or won't work at all. We check that everything is perfect, and not simply 'good enough'.
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