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Types of Trombones

The 3 main types of trombones are straight tenor, trigger-type tenor (also known as F-rotor or F-attachment) and bass trombones. We won't bother getting into the specialty types.

The simplest of the three is the straight tenor trombone, which contains no tubing on the inside. The trigger-type tenor has extra tubing within its main loop, but until this tubing is activated with a trigger, it's basically a straight trombone. This also make the horn longer in length, with its tuning changed from Bb to F. The bass trombone is a bigger bore version of the F-rotor trombone, and contains an additional second rotor, which extends the horn's low-end even greater.

Normally, students begin with a straight tenor trombone, then later move on to a horn equipped with an F-rotor. But this isn't a requirement by any means. Without the F-rotor, your horn will play no different than a straight trombone. You can graduate to the F-rotor when you feel comfortable enough to do so. But in many cases even professional players will stick with a straight trombone.




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