pInstrument Plastic pBone Trombone - Mouthpieces and Carrying Bag - Lightweight Versatile, Comfortable Ergonomic Grip - Bb Authentic Sound for Student & Beginner - Durable ABS Construction - Red
- MUSIC TRANSFORMS: The affordable pBone plastic trombone in energizing colors is as fun as it is functional! A standard .500 bore pitched in Bb creates an authentic rich lower sound like its brass-playing equivalent. Great for musicians at any level!
- LIGHTWEIGHT: Half the weight of a brass trombone, the pBone is easy to play and hold resulting in good form and allowing an enjoyable practice or lesson. The ergonomic grip is perfect for hands of any size making it a student’s go-to musical instrument.
- QUICK ASSEMBLY: Maintenance free! The pBone has a unique antimicrobial design and works straight out of the box! Includes two mouthpieces and a fabric carrying case which provides safe storage and is easy to carry to school or lessons.
- TRUSTED QUALITY: Designed by award-winning musicians, the eco-friendly virtually indestructible trombone is for kids from beginner to intermediate levels! Creates an authentic robust sound approved by Music Teachers. Fully sustainable and recyclable.
- ENJOY FREE LESSONS: Committed to music and learning, your order provides access to fun backing tracks, our Customer Support Team and other online resources! Order your trombone in your school color and start playing music today
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About Warwick Music Group
Warwick Music Group believes in the transformational power of music. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to make music. We also believe that children are the future and by thinking differently, we can make a difference to them and the whole world.
About pBone Instruments
pBone Instruments are designed with kids in mind! With lightweight, colorful, high-quality wind and brass instruments, kids can discover the joy of music in seconds! pBone Instruments aid brain development, sensory and fine motor skills, builds confidence and encourages self-expression.
- Light-weight, robust, and durable
- More affordable than most brass instruments
- Much better for the planet than brass
- Resources are available to learn how to play
Easy to Play
The pBone is much lighter than traditional brass trombones. The light weight aids your child’s ability to develop technique and posture!
The pBone is fantastic value for money, around a quarter of the cost of beginner brass trombones. It comes with everything your child needs to play: a carry bag, two plastic mouthpieces (6.5AL and 11C, although it’s also compatible with any small shank trombone mouthpiece) and an array of supporting online learning resources.
Because our pBone is made from plastic, it is extremely durable and strong! Low maintenance and robust, the pBone is a dependable and fun trombone.
Early exposure to a playful instrument like the pBone, can help develop your child’s sensory and fine motor skills, encourage self-expression, and stimulates imagination. By encouraging their creativity, pBone will help build confidence and nurture their musical talents, all while having great fun!
|Weight||1.8 lbs||.5 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.1 lbs||1.1 lbs||1.4 lbs|
|Mouthpiece||6.5AL, 11C||Custom||Custom||2B, 4B||3C, 5C||Brass 7C|
|Colors||Black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, white, yellow||Red||Red and Blue||Red and Blue||Black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, white, yellow||Black, gold, silver|
|Age Range||8+ Years||3-7 Years||6-8 Years||6-8 Years||8+ Years||8+ Years|
Proud to be Carbon-Conscious
As a 2019 Queens Award-winning manufacturer, Warwick Music Group also pride ourselves on our safe products! We are REACH Safety Compliant, certifying that we meet the health and safety standards during production. Also, pBone is made with market leading technology for protection against microbes, such as bacteria and mold. Not only is the pBone safe for your child, pBone meets the Carbon Neutral Standard, assessed in 2020 by Carbon Footprint, the UK’s leading validator of green-house gas emissions (GHGs) and carbon emissions (CO2e).
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The Jiggs Whigham pBone brings a fun and intriguing twist to the traditional trombone. With its plastic construction, this lightweight instrument sounds remarkably like typical brass trombones. The pBone features a .500-inch bore design with an ergonomic grip for comfort and an overall weight of only 1.8 pounds. The pBone features a fiberglass slide with brass slide stockings on the inner hand slide to keep the slide moving freely. The hand slide with feel smoother the more you play the instrument, and you can even play the instrument without the need for slide lubrication. The Jiggs pBone includes a plastic mouthpiece and carrying bag and is available in various colors.
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It's a real trombone. So many people try to talk down the pBone as though it's a toy, but this is a true plastic trombone. It sets up and handles almost identical to a real trombone. A professional could play this just like a regular brass trombone. Someone who goes to rough gigs, like ska bands, may want to consider a pBone so they don't have to lug brass around.
Full-featured. Has everything from a real mouthpiece port if you want to use brass mouthpieces, to a spit valve, to a slide lock. The only feature this trombone is missing is that the point between the bell and slide if friction-fit, which I'll cover below. But for the most part, again, this is a real trombone.
Lightweight. I wish I could go back in time and give one of these to myself when I was marching. It's so light and easy to handle, it's great.
Attractive colors. I got the purple one, and it's a gorgeous deep color. It's high-quality plastic.
Great sound. Sure a brass trombone will "ring" better than plastic, but unless you're playing Beethoven in a quiet concert hall, you probably won't notice. For practicing or playing in a small club, this trombone will suit anyone. The sound is absolutely fine for tuning and improving form.
Damage resistant. I know it sounds silly to say that plastic resists damage better than brass, but consider what happens if you ever do really whack the slide so it starts to stick or becomes unusable. With brass, you could be in a situation where you need to go into a repair shop and pay a specialist to gently heat and bend the metal into shape. That could be expensive, or even require new brass at great expense. With the pBone, either the plastic will bounce, or if it cracks and you buy another one. Buying a new pBone is likely still cheaper than repairing a trombone. Heck - buy two! You could go through quite a few pBones before adding up to the price of one brass trombone.
Small hands warning. The major downside is that the major joint between the slide and the bell is friction-fit. This means you're using your thumb around the bell's cross bar to hold the instrument together. This is the natural position used to hold a trombone, but anyone with especially small hands or a weak thumb could have trouble holding the two together. If you have trouble wrapping your thumb around the cross member when holding a trombone, you'll need to consider some other way to help reinforce this joint. They really should fix this and just make a tab to fix the bell at a specific angle. I'd rather have the trombone fixed at 90 degrees, than have to baby it. I'm sure you could use something simple like a rubber band to assist a small child if their hands are truly too small for the hold. You could easily glue this joint permanently if you intend to keep the trombone on a stand anyway, although you'll lose the ability to store it in a gig bag.
Out of the box the pBone slide really is scratchy and a bit slow. This is fine for anyone new to the instrument, as it's quite tricky to maintain a brass slide for a newcomer anyway. I'd say the slide feels no worse than my first trombone did before I learned to maintain the slide. The manufacturer says the slide will wear in with just spit and time. I'll probably add a dab of cream to assist the process, but for practicing scales and simple songs this is perfectly fine as-is.
The slide has a lock and a pinky lug so during play you should wrap your little finger around the lug to hold the slide in place. I'm used to the older style where the slide's first cross bar is higher so you held the cross bar with your little finger. Adjusting to the lug is weird but I'll learn.
I love my pBone so much I don't really need a brass trombone anymore. The pBone is plenty for practice, basement jams, and even gigs. The only reason you'd ever need to upgrade is if you need special features (trigger), or if you play concert halls. Parents of children who may someday compete in concert should still consider the pBone. Not only is it better for learning (lighter, inexpensive if you change instruments) but a child should be more comfortable playing without worry that they'll damage an expensive instrument.
The slide is on the scratchy side. I bought that Selmer Slide o mix...it's awful. It reminds me of dish soap and after it dries it gives the slide a sandy granular feel that really sucks. Even so, I love this thing. It looks so cool, I just want to play it all the time...and that's really half the battle with this instrument. I had a beautiful silver Vincent Bach that I let slip through my grasp. This ain't no Vincent Bach! It has no low-end and you'll really feel it missing something at low Bflat down through the pedal tones. But it's still pretty cool in its own right. And from F on the staff, all the way up, it sounds 95% there, which is good enough for me.
I honestly think the whole plastic instrument thing is a game changer. Especially for marching bands. I haven't tested, but I bet cold temps won't affect pitch like real brass. Also, it's just plastic. If it gets messed up, just get another. Now people won't have to be so precious about these instruments because like all plastic stuff, the price will come down with demand. The color of this thing is too cool man...I love it! I think this is good for the instrument and once this thing gets down below $50, it could cause a real craze that nobody ever could have predicted.
One year in and the spit valve just snapped into pieces as it sat by itself! The plastic just got brittle and splintered on its own. I'm in SoCal and the humidity fluctuations are minimal. This was just a cheap design unfortunately. Without the valve it actually sounds pretty bad--worse than I'd have guessed. I guess I'll try and jury-rig something or look into buying another slide. If not, I can't say if I'll buy another one of these or not. Down from five stars to three because of the spit valve.
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We both wish we had sent it back for a refund.