How Much Does a Trombone Cost?
Trombones are antique instruments that have been around for more than six decades. The trombone is known as being the only modern orchestral brass music instrument that has the ability to play all the notes of the chromatic scale. Extremely versatile, trombones are commonly used in a variety of ensembles including orchestras, marching bands, and even in rock bands. When buying a trombone, it is important to first determine how it will be used because this has a major influence on the price to be paid for the instrument.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a trombone is going to really depend on the condition, the brand and the type of trombone you are looking to purchase. On average, the prices of a trombone can range anywhere from as little as $300 to as much as $9,000.
- For example, alto trombones can retail for $300 to $4,000 while a small bore tenor trombone can cost $700 to $3,500 brand new.
- On the other hand, medium or large bore trombones can retail for $1,500 to as much as $5,500.
- At The Horn Guys, a brass instrument specialty company located in Southern California, a wide variety of trombones is available, ranging from alto trombones to baroque models. The stocks offered include the following:
- Alto Trombones – $325 to $3,095
- Small Bore Tenor Trombones – $809 to $3,295
- Medium Bore Tenor Trombones – $1,879 to $4,895
- Large Bore Symphonic Tenor Trombones – $1,399 to $4,895
- Bass Trombones – $2,449 to $5,712
- Baroque Trombones – $4,000 to $8,000
- S.E. Shires Co. Inc., brass instrument makers in Hopedale, Massachusetts, provides a range of trombones:
- Alto Trombone – $3,095 – $4,195
- Small Bore Tenor Trombone $ 3,295 – $3,495
- Medium or Large Bore Tenor Trombone – $3,395 to $4,995
- Bass Trombone – $5,595 to $5,995
- Music & Arts, a national music store chain based in Frederick, Maryland, offers a collection of trombone choices with prices ranging from $476 to $7,499. The options include the following:
- Tenor Trombones – $689 to $4,995
- Bass Trombones – $1,440 to $7,499
- Soprano Trombones – $476 to $1,429
- Alto Trombones – $2,182.99 to $4,195
What is going to be included?
- There are three basic types of trombones: straight tenor, bass trombone, and trigger-type tenor (also called F-rotor or F-attachment), which comes in the traditional wrap and the open wrap. Valve trombones and alto trombones are referred to as specialty horns.
- Trombone bells can be made of yellow brass, silver brass or red brass. Yellow is the most common. Silver typically produces the warmest sound of the three.
- Popular brands include Holton, Yamaha, Bach, King, Conn, Getzen and Besson.
What are the extra costs?
- Buying a trombone usually requires purchasing required accessories including a protective padded case as well as a cleaning and maintenance kit for the instrument. A trombone mouthpiece may also need to be bought as some trombones do not come with this accessory. These can cost $35 to $190, depending on brand, material and features. Trombone cases can be bought for $100 to $800, depending on brand, capacity and features. Trombone cleaning agents and kits can cost $6 to $30.
- Shipping costs vary from one dealer to another, with the bigger packages costing a lot more. Trombones are usually shipped as large packages, which mean higher shipping fees. Shipping trombones via UPS ground can cost $40 to $60.
- If you would like to learn how to properly play the trombone, consider taking music lessons. These lessons can cost anywhere from $20 to $50 per lesson or per hour.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type. Trombones are usually categorized under these three classifications: student, intermediate and professional. Student trombones have basic features and are usually the least expensive. Professional trombones with more sophisticated features often cost more, with some models priced at $8,000.
- Finish. Trombones come in different types of finish. The most common is lacquer. There are also silver-plated trombones, which require more maintenance. Trombones with a plated finish are viewed as having better quality because they have a reduced dampening effect on vibration.
- Size. Bigger trombones usually cost higher than the standard-sized ones. For example, a Miraphone MI57F Contrabass Trombone is regarded as the biggest slide trombone currently available. It costs $7,500. This professional-level trombone with a single traditional rotor valve F attachment features a .635” bore and a 10” bell. In comparison, a Blessing BTB-120 Series Student Trombone with an 8” bell and .500” bore costs $689.
Tips to know:
- It is often a practical idea to rent a trombone for some time in order to get a feel for the instrument before you buy.
- Low-priced trombones bought from big box discount stores may not always be of good quality. It is recommended that you consult with music shops or well-recognized online sources for musical instruments.
- Lease-to-own trombones may be a good alternative to buying or renting. Make sure to read and understand the terms and conditions involved in this arrangement.
How can I save money?
- Find trombone dealers that offer affordable options from well-known brands and manufacturers who also create premium-grade instruments.
- Local dealers usually offer trombones for 30-40% off the list price. Shop around for musical instrument dealers that offer discounted prices.
- Used trombones cost less and are usually available at some music shops and dealers. It is recommended that used instruments be bought only at reliable music stores and then tested by a professional before purchase.