Equipment

Several students ask me about the equipment I use. I believe equipment is a highly personal choice based on your physiology, experience, and performance needs – so the items on the list below are not necessarily recommendations, but simply an answer to the question, “What equipment do you play?”

Trombones

Tenor

S.E. Shires Custom Trombones – I currently play custom horns created by the S.E. Shires Company. I use two different tenor trombones on a regular basis:

A .547″ bore horn, which I use for most orchestral and chamber music:

  • 7YM bell
  • TGX tuning slide
  • Dual-bore rotor
  • TB47 slide
  • #2 leadpipe

A .508″ bore horn, which is primarily used in commercial or jazz settings, but also works well in some lighter orchestral music:

  • S1YM 8″ bell
  • SY 1.5 tuning slide
  • T08 slide
  • #2 leadpipe

Bass

I use a King 7B with an independent (“in-line”) rotary valve setup (Bb/F/Gb/D). Since being purchased by Conn-Selmer, the King line of instruments now includes only tenor trombones, with an emphasis on small-bore instruments.

Alto

I use a copy of a Slokar 125 that was pieced together by The Horn Guys in California.

Mouthpieces

Greg Black Mouthpieces – I use a variety of Greg’s mouthpieces… they are top notch! Greg is a busy, one-man operation, so his stuff can be hard to come by, but he knows mouthpieces and his stuff is worth the wait.

Accessories

To see some of the accessories that I recommend for trombonists, check out my blog posts or the Practice Aids page.

Looking to buy a new instrument?

Head over to my blog post called Trombone Shopping for a few pieces of advice to get you on the right track.