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Re: Intermediate Trigger Trombones - Thoughts & Suggestions
As a trombone instructor of over 20 years, I have a lot experience with both the Jupiter and Yamaha horns in this classification. Jupiter horns,IMHO, despite the price and warranty, are simply inferior to Yamaha horns. The Yamaha design is superior and the manufacturing is absolutely consistent. It's an easy horn for a kid to play. And, if it is easy to play, the kids will play more, and get better, and keep playing because they are successful. Your program will simply be better because of the brand. IMHO the Jupiter horns are not weighted correctly, it's a design flaw, and with the combination of weak inner slide solder joints, the slides get out of alignment quicker and every time that slide is fixed the joint just becomes weaker. No reason for a slide to be sticking up in first and second positions a couple weeks after being aligned. Drove me nuts...and don't get me started on water keys breaking...warranty is useless if the horn is not in a kids hands making music. Spend the extra money, buy a few less horns. Getzen is a well made horn, still not as good a design and manufacturing quality as Yamaha. I don't know any program with Courtois, although I would initially put them up there possibly ahead of the Getzen. Drawback is that you will not get enough testimonials as to how durable they are over the long haul. I wouldn't risk it on a big one-time purchase.
We're looking at getting some intermediate Bb/F trombones for next year. We don't have a ton of money (tiny 2A), and I'd like to get a model that we can purchase again as the program grows.
I'm looking at the Jupiter JTB1150FO Performance Series, Getzen 547 Capri w/F attachment, and the Antoine Courtois AC260.
I've never heard of Antoine Courtois, and I worry about the music store being able to get parts for them.