How Much Does a Bass Trombone Cost?
A bass trombone is one of the few types in the trombone family. The bass trombone is pitched in the key of B♭. Developed back in the 19th century, the bass has a full tone in a lower register. Bass trombones are fairly common in symphony orchestras as well as military and jazz bands. The cost of one is going to greatly vary depending on the brand, the condition, and the type.
How much is it?
- On average, a lower end bass trombone is going to cost $400 while a higher end model can cost as much as $6,500. Most players will expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for a higher quality based trombone that is good enough to play in a marching band or high school band, etc.
- For example, the E.M. Winston TB900L Bass Trombone will cost anywhere from $1,200 to $1,600. The Bach 50B20 10.5 Inch Yellow Brass Bell can cost anywhere from $3,600 to $4,900.
- The online store TheInstrumentStore.com offers a wide array of bass trombones that range anywhere from $2,500 to as much as $6,100. For instance, the BACH 50A Stradivarius retails for $3,799. This particular model has an open wrap chrome-plated exterior and a .562″ large bore key of Bb/F.
What are the extra costs?
- Many players purchase a stand so the instrument can stand, rather than lay on the floor. A stand can cost $20 to $50, depending on the brand and type you purchase.
- A case will be required in order to protect the trombone from damage as well as wear and tear. It’s also ideal to protect it while transporting it from point A to B.
- Additional mouthpieces may be purchased if you don’t like the factory equipped product. Many opt to purchase some for the future as they tend to wear out over time. A mouthpiece can cost $18 to $55 or more, depending on the brand.
- If purchased online, shipping costs may be added on top of the final price, due to the weight of the instrument. This instrument can weigh 10 to 80 pounds.
What is going to be included?
- Major brands include warranties that can last anywhere from a few weeks to as long as a lifetime. Refer to the description and packaging when purchasing your instrument. Most companies will require that you fill out a form in order to register your product.
- A mouthpiece as well as accessories such as a stand may be included. Your results are going to vary. Check the packaging to get a list of what’s going to come included.
- Higher quality instruments may also come equipped with a customized case to fit the instrument. Again, it’s best to check the packaging to see what’s included.
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How can I save money?
- Consider testing one out at a local music shop before you purchase one. If you haven’t played the instrument before and are thinking about doing it because of high school, it may be ideal to rent one for a month or so before purchasing.
- Consider purchasing a second hand instrument on Craigslist and eBay. This alone can help you save up to 40% off the retail price.