Top 11 Best Trombone Brands On The Market 2022


The trombone is one of the brass instruments that sees use in a great variety of musical genres. From orchestras and chamber, music ensembles to big bands, jazz, funk, rock and more, the trombone can be heard from time to time.

Thanks to this popularity and musical versatility, there are plenty of options for the student, intermediate and professional trombonists. This isn't only true of individual instruments but also of solo trombone makers and larger brands.

With such a wide variety of choices, knowing the market’s top brands is useful. Of course, the brand is far from the most important aspect of a trombone, though it's still worth considering for general knowledge and judgement. In this article, I’ll share my take on the top trombone brands.

Though obviously subjective and prone to biases, I’ve done my best to list out these brands based on the following metrics (in no particular order):

  • Company reputation
  • Performance of the trombones
  • Longevity of the trombones
  • Variety of trombones available
  • Accessibility of the trombones (how easy they are to find/buy)
  • The company must currently be in operation

With all that being said, let’s list out the brands.

The top 11 best trombone brands are:

  1. Getzen
  2. King
  3. C.G. Conn
  4. Bach
  5. Jupiter
  6. Yamaha
  7. Eastman
  8. Kanstul
  9. Courtois
  10. Holton
  11. Jean Paul USA

Let’s get into each of these brands in greater detail and explain why they belong in the top 11 best trombone brands. I’ll share their country of origin, a bit of history, an example of a notable trombone, and a link to their official website.


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Getzen

Having worked as a superintendent at the manufacturing plant of the Holton Company for a decade gave T.J. Getzen a privileged spot to learn the craft first-hand. Therefore, by the time he set up his company, he already knew most of the secrets of the trade.

That being said, the company kept on innovating and improving each model with input from some of the greatest players of all time for more than 80 years.

Thus, what you can expect from a brand like Getzen is state-of-the-art technology applied to quintessential trombone manufacturing techniques. In other words, Getzen represents the best of both worlds.

Notable trombone: Getzen 4047DS (link to check the price at Music & Arts)

Getzen 4047DS

This tenor trombone belongs to the Custom Reserve line by Getzen. That fact alone makes it a top-notch instrument within the brand’s catalogue and hence, one of the best trombones you’ll find on the market. Perhaps, the most outstanding aspect of this trombone is that it feels and sounds like a boutique model with a price tag 10 times higher but is factory-built and priced accordingly.

Finally, this trombone allows superior resonance and balance because of its advanced bracing and the combination of nickel, silver and yellow brass. If you’re looking for the best trombone a factory can make, you have to try one of these before buying anything else.

Official website: getzen.com

Getzen Instruments Co. was founded by T.J. Getzen in 1939. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA.


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King

Charlie Parker, among fellow players Tommy Dorsey and Cannonball Adderley, chose King to blow into success in the 40s and 50s. That way, King became the sound of a generation that would change music forever.

Today, more than a century after its foundation, King trombones still represent the pinnacle of brass wind instruments oozing flawless craftsmanship and an uncanny sound. If you’re after an instrument that can take your playing to the next level, you need to try a King trombone today.

Notable trombone: King 4B (link to check the price on Amazon)

King 4B

This quintessential large-bore symphonic trombone design offers a blend of warm tone and fast response. Moreover, the .547 bore gives openness to the sound and a feel that makes this instrument perfect for symphonic playing and the lower registers in jazz music.

Finally, the entire instrument is protected with antibacterial lacquer extending its usable life and defending your organism from viruses and bacteria.

Parent company: Conn-Selmer (Steinway)

Official website: conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-brands/king

King was founded by Henderson White and Thomas King in 1894. Currently, the company is owned by Conn-Selmer, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


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C.G. Conn

C.G. Conn is one of the biggest names in brass instruments in the world. Moreover, it is one of the richest companies in terms of legacy and heritage, still active in the market today, and the go-to option for many musicians worldwide.

Since Selmer purchased C.G. Conn in 2003, an ecosystem of brands that elevated each other’s products with shared knowledge was born. As a result, every C.G. Conn trombone leaving the factory is the result of centuries of flawless craftsmanship and innovation.

Notable trombone: C.G. Conn 34H (link to check the price at Gear4Music)

C.G. Conn 34H

This is an alto trombone featuring a 7” yellow brass bell that can offer the player unheard of resonance and projection in an instrument this size. Moreover, the .491/.500” dual bore design adds to the instrument’s overall easy response and open feel. Finally, the transparent thin lacquer finish adds warmth to the overall sound, rounding up a great-sounding instrument.

If you’re looking for a superior-sounding alto trombone with the same relative positions as your tenor trombone to make an easy, smooth transition, this is the right one for you.

Official website: conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-brands/cg-conn

Parent company: Conn-Selmer (Steinway)

C.G. Conn was founded in 1876 by Charles Gerard Conn. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Eckhart, Indiana, USA.


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Bach

Combining the study of engineering and violin makes for a great foundation for creating a musical instrument company. That was exactly the case with Vincent, who opened up a mouthpiece business as soon as he arrived in the USA while still being a sought-after musician.

During his time as a builder, Vincent made some of the best trumpets and trombones the world has ever heard. Indeed, they are sought-after as the Stradivarius of brass wind instruments.

Nowadays, as a part of the Selmer family of brands, manufacturing techniques have improved drastically. Still, the same commitment to excellence remains the core of everything the company releases into the market.

Notable trombone: Bach Model 42 (link to check the price at Sam Ash)

Bach Model 42

With its hand-hammered one-piece yellow brass bell, this instrument can deliver the quintessential trombone tones you would expect from such an instrument but with added projection and clarity. Also, the clear lacquer enhances the instrument’s lifespan and adds warmth to the overall sound.

Whether you’re a solo player or a symphonic player, you can’t go wrong with this state-of-the-art instrument.

Official website: bachbrass.com

Bach was founded by Vincent Bach in 1918. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Eckhart, Indiana, USA.


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Jupiter

Most Asian students have learned to master their skills on a Jupiter instrument. This is not a marketing phenomenon or because prices are the lowest; it is the outcome of decades of innovation and hard work to achieve the perfect balance between craftsmanship, sound, reliability, and price.

Indeed, Jupiter has become, to the eyes and ears of the world, the go-to brand for students and amateur players who need an instrument that can perform without breaking the bank.

If that sounds like the kind of instrument you’re after, you should check Jupiter out before buying anything else.

Notable trombone: Jupiter JTB1100 (link to check the price on Amazon)

Jupiter JTB1100

For those looking for an instrument with a large bore, this Jupiter trombone features a .525” one that can offer a rich, full tone. In the same vein, the 8.07” brass bell is designed for outstanding projection. Finally, the fast response from the nickel silver outer hand slide will make learning your favourite songs on this instrument a breeze.

This is the perfect trombone for the student and amateur musician because it sounds great and performs flawlessly without breaking the bank.

Official website: jupitermusic.com

Jupiter Band Instruments Inc. was established by its parent company, KHS, in 1980. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Taipei, Taiwan.


Yamaha

Yamaha’s musical instruments follow the same principles as all the other products made by the company. In other words, Yamaha invests as much in tuning your trombone as it does in calibrating the brakes of a motorcycle blasting at 200 km/h.

Indeed, this relentless commitment to excellence and uncanny heritage make every Yamaha trombone a piece of history in the making. If you don’t settle for anything less than excellence, it is high time you give Yamaha a chance before you buy.

Notable trombone: Yamaha YSL-897Z (link to check the price at Woodwind Brasswind)

Yamaha YSL-897Z

Andy Martin and Alastair Kay joined forces with Yamaha to develop a next-level design for their favourite instrument. They set out on a mission to fill the design gaps they had experienced with countless brands in the past. For example, the trombone comes equipped with two lead pipes that are 100% interchangeable, allowing superior flexibility.

Finally, the one-piece, hand-hammered bell delivers uniform resonance, uncanny tone, and maximum projection. If you are a player in the search for the next-level instrument that your playing needs, try this Yamaha trombone out today.

Official website: yamaha.com

The Yamaha Corporation was founded by Torakusu Yamaha in 1887. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Hamamatsu, Japan.


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Eastman

Eastman is one of the biggest companies on this list. It manufactures top-notch wind instruments and manages 7 other musical instrument companies simultaneously. Furthermore, belonging to the Eastman family of brands makes every member enlarge the scope of its manufacturing processes.

Therefore, you can expect every Eastman trombone to be a combination of decades of hard work and innovation. Eastman is a name you can trust when it comes to musical instruments, especially brass wind ones.

Notable trombone: Eastman ETB848 (link to check the price at Music & Arts)

Eastman ETB848

This is a .562” bore bass trombone featuring a 9.5” two-piece gold or yellow brass bell capable of great projection and tone. Also, the design of this trombone involves an open wrap with rotary valves that are independent and tuned to F and Gb. Moreover, with 3 interchangeable lead pipes, you can cover more sonic ground than you ever imagined with a single instrument.

Finally, the Eastman ETB848 ships in a deluxe case with an included Shires USA 1.5 MD mouthpiece.

Official website: eastmanwinds.com

Eastman was founded by Qian Ni in 1992. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Pomona, California, USA.


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Kanstul

Although Zigmant started his own company in 1981, he had been working on brass wind instruments since 1952. During his first years, he learned to hone the craft of making fine brass instruments under the direction of the legendary Foster Reynolds. They both worked for F.E. Olds & Son in Los Angeles.

By 1970, Zig was already the Vice President of King Musical Instruments. In the same decade, he occupied the position of Manufacturing Vice President for C.G. Conn.

Kanstul is a brand that offers every musician the best of both worlds. On the one hand, one of the finest brasswind instruments grandmaster builders shaped the catalogue. On the other hand, he learned the best production techniques from the biggest companies in the world.

For a trombone that sounds amazing and will last for a lifetime, don’t forget to check Kanstul before you buy.

Notable trombone: Kanstul Model 1606 (link to check the price at Woodwind Brasswind)

Kanstul Model 1606

This amazing trombone by Kanstul features a large throat with a one-piece bell hand-hammered and hand-spun to perfection by experts. In addition, the distinctive curved bracing offers a broad tonal palette.

Moreover, this instrument offers larger-than-life sounds with the fast response of a smaller horn. Thanks to the ferrules and nickel outer tubes, the slide is as light as it gets.

If you’re serious about playing trombone, it doesn’t get much better than this in the market.

Official website: kanstul.com

Kanstul Musical Instruments was founded by Zigmant Kanstul in 1981. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Anaheim, California, USA.


Courtois

As one of the oldest brass instrument brands globally, the leverage of Courtois is immeasurable. Indeed, after more than two centuries of perfecting their craft, every trombone that comes out of the Courtois factory is ready to make history. Speaking of which, being part of Buffet-Crampon helped the brand improve its manufacturing process drastically.

Nowadays, whenever you pick up an Antoine Courtois trombone, you’ll be blowing inside two centuries of relentless innovation and the know-how of one of the biggest brass wind brands in the world.

Notable trombone: Antoine Courtois Creation 421 New York (link to check the price at Horn Stash)

Antoine Courtois Creation 421 New York

Made with top-notch materials, this trombone represents the evolution of the brand’s acclaimed Legend line.

To begin with, the first thing that you’ll notice about this professional-oriented trombone is that it sounds focused with a ton of projection and a certain warmth to every note. Also, this is the first-ever Antoine Courtois trombone made with a cut screw ring flare which makes it possible to fit the entire instrument in a flat travel case for easy transportation.

The demanding musician on the go will find this trombone the perfect match for his or her high expectations.

Official website: a-courtois.com

Antoine Courtois founded his company in 1789. Currently, it is part of the Buffet-Crampon family of brands, and its headquarters are in Paris, France.


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Holton

Frank Holton started as a humble second-hand instrument seller with the tiniest shop in Chicago. From that moment until the present day, Frank not only grew the shop but also launched his brand to critical acclaim. As proof of quality, we can say that players like Vincent Bach, Phillip Farkas, and Ethel Merker choose Holton to blow their talent through every day.

Being the go-to option of elite players is not a starting point but a privileged position you arrive at after long years of hard work and a flawless reputation.

If you are a serious trombone player and haven’t already, try a Holton before buying anything else.

Notable trombone: Holton TR160 (link to check the price at Sam Ash)

Holton TR160

This is one of Holton’s flagship professional instruments, which puts it among the best in the world. Indeed, the .547” bore, 9” rose brass bell, and clear lacquer finish make this a dark and rich-sounding instrument capable of reaching low notes without losing volume or response. Speaking of which, the nylon ball-and-socket linkage enhances responsiveness.

The Holton TR160 is a great trombone for the professional player who needs a dark-sounding instrument that can withstand the hardships of the road and sound amazing every night.

Official website: conn-selmer.com/en-us/our-brands/holton

Parent company: Conn-Selmer

Frank Holton founded the company that bears his name in 1896. Currently, the headquarters are in Eastlake, Ohio, USA.


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Jean Paul USA

Jean Paul USA was a distributor for big names like Yamaha in the USA. They were doing great business but couldn’t help noticing the huge gap between students’ budget and instrument costs.

By 2012, they decided to close that gap by manufacturing great-sounding, reliable, student-level instruments in China to very high and specific quality standards. As a result, Jean Paul USA's student-oriented trombones could perform, stay in tune, and not break the bank.

They were received with critical acclaim by students and players alike; hence, Jean Paul USA is a growing brand helping countless students get started in their musician path without taking a loan to afford their first instrument.

Notable trombone: Jean Paul USA TB-600 (link to check the price at Jean Paul USA)

Jean Paul USA TB-600

With a bore size of .546” and a yellow brass bell of 8.44”, this is a serious music-making machine that can accompany you to becoming an advanced student. Indeed, the F attachment, hardshell case, and golden lacquer ensure this instrument can endure long hours in college, bus rides, and even outdoor concerts. Moreover, the lacquer adds warmth to the overall sound making this trombone perfect for symphonic use and jazz playing alike.

Official website: jeanpaulusa.com

Jean Paul USA is a small family endeavour founded in 1994. Currently, the company’s headquarters are in Miami, Florida, USA.


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  • John Packer
  • Blessing

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Arthur

Arthur is the owner of Fox Media Tech and author of My New Microphone. He's an audio engineer by trade and works on contract in his home country of Canada. When not blogging on MNM, he's likely hiking outdoors and blogging at Hikers' Movement (hikersmovement.com) or composing music for media. Check out his Pond5 and AudioJungle accounts.

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