About a month ago, purely for kicks, I purchased a brand new Jiggs P-Bone. I’m curious to see how it will stand up to the rigors of a middle school music classroom, so I’ll be keeping track of the journey here and sharing feedback.
The instrument doesn’t feel as sturdy as I’d like, at least not right out of the case. It seems like a good breeze would reduce it to a pile of smoldering ashes. A lot of this worry comes from the fact that the bell section doesn’t attach to the slide as securely as it does on my Bach 42T. Maybe I’m just being nitpicky.
After playing a few notes, it feels just like a “real” trombone. It plays relatively freely in all registers (except the low register, but we’ll get there in a minute), and it’s easy to keep an even sound through all registers.
I’ve got two complaints though. First, the low register does not speak well, even compared to a typical small-bore trombone. It’s even worse if you use the plastic mouthpiece that comes with the P-Bone (I just gave mine to a student.) As long as you stay above D in the staff, you’re fine. Start getting below that and your tone could suffer.
Lastly, the slide is nowhere near as smooth as I expected. The demo horn I played at a music conference had a good, but not great, slide. According to the flyer tucked into the case that came with the P-Bone, the slide will break in over time. It’s just a little frustrating waiting for that to happen.a
In the next installment, I hope to be able to speak a little bit about the durability of the P-Bone.
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