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Swisstbone

GREAT VINTAGE AND CUSTOM TROMBONES

About Swisstbone

Trombones for sale:

Lidl/Hagmann custom contrabass trombone

Here’s something you really don’t see every day! This contrabass trombone in F probably started life in the 1930’s as a contrabass trombone made by Lidl in Brno, in the Czech Republic. Somehow it found it’s way to Switzerland and it’s owner had some cool plans for it! It now features two independent Hagmann valves wich put it to C and D. Both valves together give you a BBb. The famous Bartok glissando is a piece of cake on this one!

There are 7 usable positions if you want to use the handle, otherwise you can probably use 5 positions. The slide inners are not chrome plated but slide action is really good. As usual on those old horns, the slide brace isn’t fixed. That means the outers are free floating wich actually helps with slide action. That slide is far too long to reach for you spit valve. So it has a siphon wich simply empties spit when you put the slide to the floor.

Slide bore is quite small at around .525 inches. So it takes a small shank mouthpiece, wich you would take with a contrabass cup of course… Two more details about the slide: it’s spring loaded and there’s a German slide lock so you can’t accidentally loose your outer slide on a fast passage. It just blocks around 7th position, if you can get there…

The trombone is unlacquered and starts having a nice patina, you could polish it if you want it to be shiny, but I prefer that look. All work has been done in 2002 at the shop of Mr. Hagmann in Geneva.

Price:

5220 USD
4800 CHF
4500 EUR

Sold trombones

Here you can see some trombones I sold recently. If any of those trombones is of interest to you, contact me. I may well be able to source another one for you!

Elkhart Conn 88H, 1968

A classic Elkhart Conn from probably around 1968.

It’s in very nice shape. Really not a lot of wear or traces of repair. No Conn wear on the inner slides and no rattling on certain tones as you can hear on a lot of Elkharts. The geometry is a little out of whack as the slide tenon seems a tiny little bit off angle wich brings the slide rather near to the bell. But it’s a quick fix or you can get used to it rather quickly.

Price: 1970$
1700 EUR
1800 CHF

Original Greenhoe large bore tenor trombone

If you are here you probably know how good Greenhoe trombones are. And the exemplaries from back when Gary Greenhoe was still in the shop, have become very sought after. Here’s your opportunity to get an original – not by Schilke – Greenhoe in really nice condition.

It features a red brass Greenhoe bell, lexan valve cap and a nickel silver light weight slide. All slides and the valve work perfectly. There’s some lacquer wear throughout the instrument and the bell has some tiny “mute kisses”. Quite a lot of acid bleed around the bell rim.

Comes with an older style MB case.

Price:
4440 $
3830 EUR
4145 CHF

Corporation Bach 42B from 1976

Can I say it one more time? I like vintage Bach trombones. And this one is no exception. It simply plays!

According to the serial number this Corporation 42B has been made around 1976. It is really exceptionnaly clean. No real dents or scratches. A little lacquer wear as you might expect, but for a horn that old it is in great condition. The slide and the valve action are excellent, tuning slides move freely and easily.

The original contoured Bach case is like new. I don’t think it ever left the house!

Price:
2720$
2350 EUR
2545 CHF

King 4B tenor trombone

Here’s the next one in the series: “can you find this for me?”. A King 4B tenor trombone in really nice condition!

Have a look at all the distinctive details the King 4B features! The bent cross brace, the under the thumb trigger, the finger ring on the slide etc etc. By the way, if you have small hands and are looking for a comfortable to hold large bore tenor, this may fit you very well!

This one has gotten to me all the way from the US and will be sent to it’s new happy owner in Germany tomorrow.

Shires large bore tenor trombone

Here’s a nice playing Shires large bore setup! 1G bell, Axial valve and a TB47NLW slide. Let me know what leadpipe you’d prefer and I’ll see what I can do.

The bell flare and the slide are basically new. They have only been used 4 or 5 times for testing. The valve section is slightly used, the f-tuning slide is delacquered.

Price:
2800$
2400 EUR
2600 CHF

Bach 42G Friedman

Together with Jay Friedman Bach developed this tenor trombone model around a lightweight 42G bell, a thayer valve and a .562 slide. Basically it’s a light gold brass bell with a bass trombone slide. Perfect if you are looking for that big orchestral sound. Keep away if you struggle with efficiency though, the .562 slide needs a lot of air!

This one is in nice condition. Lacquer is 99% intact. A tiny dent on the slide bow. Valve and slide are fast and quiet.

Price:
3000$
2600 EUR
2800 CHF

Greenhoe Bach 42G tenor trombone

For all those guys looking for that elusive Corporation 42G, here’s something event better! A 2011 Greenhoe Bach 42G bell section with a nickel lightweight slide from the Corporation era. Comes with two tuning slides for the F valve: The original in yellow brass and one made by Matthias Hölle made in red brass. This horn plays! Classic Bach 42 sound with the playability of a modern valve.

Yes. 2011 means original Greenhoe. Not Greenhoe by Schilke.

SALE PENDING

Rath R3F tenor trombone

Holy moly this is a flexible trombone! Got a symphony gig and a Salsa band on the same day? This horn will do it all.

The 745G gold brass bell gives this trombone a nice, warm sound. It can be really dark if you want it to but also let’s you color the sound however you want. It just does what you want. The Rotax valve is fast and quiet. Don’t need the valve? No problem, switch to the straight gooseneck. AND the .525/.547 slide comes with a small shank and a large shank leadpipe. I used this as a quintet horn, 2nd trombone in a british style brass band, first in wind orchestra, some jazz… you name it.

Quite a lot of lacquer wear and scratches throughout, but no big dents. Slide, tuning slides and valve are fast. It doesn’t look good, but it still has a lot of music in it. I nearly kept this one for myself…

Price:
3125 USD
2670 EUR
2950 CHF

Elkhart Conn 35H alto trombone

Here is a real collectors item, but one that play so well, it deserves to be played!

The Conn 35H is considered as one of the best altos ever made. It’s dual bore slide and the tuning in slide mechanism make it stand out from most other alto designs.

This one is in pretty much mint condition. Even the paperwork Conn sent with the horn is included!

SOLD

Shires custom medium bore setup

Shires custom medium bore trombone setup. Like all the other Shires stuff I have for sale, this one is in excellent condition. Specs:

  • TW25 slide
  • M2 leadpipe
  • Rotary valve section
  • Gold brass tuning slide
  • 1G bell

Please contact me if you are interested in parts only or want to mix and match any of those parts with the other Shires parts I have for sale.

Rarely played and serviced in February 2021. Just waiting for your next gig!

Price: 2750$

Shires custom large bore setup

This is a really nice Shires custom large bore setup in excellent condition. The bell has some acid bleed around the rim, but otherwise it’s really nice. The setup consists of:

  • TB47 NLW slide
  • Shires 1 leadpipe
  • Rotary valve section
  • Yellow brass tuning slide
  • 1G bell

Of course, if you are interested in switching some parts with anything else I have for sale, that’s possible.

Price: 3192 $

Yamaha YBL 620G bass trombone

If you asked me what bass trombone you should buy to start on the instrument, this would be one of my top choices. Easy playing, nice bass trombone sound and it can last you a lifetime even as a pro bass trombone player.

This Yamaha YBL 620G has probably seen very little use and in excellent condition. A tiny bit of lacquer wear here or there, but no dings or scratches. The slide is lightning fast and the valves are excellent.

Price: 3577$ or 2995 EUR

Yamaha YSL891Z Custom tenor trombone

Now this is a funny little horn! The Yamaha YSL891Z Custom was developed with Andy Martin and Wycliffe Gordon it comes with 2 leadpipes: The LA pipe developed by Andy and the NY pipe developed by Wycliffe.

Yamaha really did a great job with this one! It plays really evenly through all ranges, it can bite, it can pop, it can sing. Really versatile! But the highlight for me is that really cool counterweight!

This one is only very lightly used. There is a small dent on the tuning slide, besides that it is pretty much mint.

Price: 1720 $ or 1420 EUR

Thein Universal 2 Tenor trombone

Here’s a nice example of what I can do if someone needs a great horn. The story goes like this:

“Hey man, can you find me a Thein tenor trombone?” “Sure I can!” And some weeks later this baby turns up at your door.

Not much to say about this nice trombone. It is in absolutely fantastic condition and plays as you’d expect from a Thein – great! It feels very solid and it’s really easy to get a big orchestral sound out of it. Kind of like it has been built in…

This one features a Hagmann valve and a screw bell. The case is so small, people could think you are a viola player!

Price: 4915 $ or 4150 EUR

SOLD

Corporation Bach 42B with Marston valve

Now here’s a rare gem! A Bach 42B Corporation with a valve made by Bernie Marston. Those are the valves used on the legendary Mount Vernon Bach trombones, they are just a little bigger than the valves Bach used afterwards. Only a few trombones of the Corporation era with that valve exist. As you can see the brass used on the valve section is just a little more red than the rest of the horn.

The instrument is in great condition with only a little lacquer wear.

Price: 3050$ or 2500 EUR

Corporation Bach 42B, late 70’s

A nice Bach 42b from the Corporation era. Certainly built around 1977. As you know, I am a fan of Corporation Bach’s so I won’t tell you how well they play, how well they where built etc…

This one has the “standard” features, a yellow brass bell, yellow brass slide, yellow brass valve section. Lacquer wear all around, so it’s not a beauty anymore. But the slide and valve action are still really good. So this one is ready to go out of the box.

Price: 2805$ or 2300 EUR

Yamaha YSL-871 alto trombone

One of the top notch professional alto trombones, the Yamaha YSL-871 Custom.

It features a .470/490 dual bore nickel silver slide with a yellow brass crook and a yellow brass bell section. This instrument is in excellent condition. One tiny ding on the bell flare, lacquer is 99.9% intact. This might be your entry horn into the world of alto trombones, but it could also be the only alto you’ll ever need.

Price: 1912$
SALE PENDING

Rath R4F with Rotax valve

She is  not a beauty queen anymore, but this Rath R4F plays!

Featuring a 750R bell, a yellow brass Rotax valve section and a yellow brass slide. The slide doesn’t look that well with a lot of lacquer wear, but I have to say it is one of the fastest slides I had so far! Some lacquer wear on the valve section also, the bell flare looks excellent!

SALE PENDING

Kühnl & Hoyer Bart van Lier .500

And another Kühnl & Hoyer finds it’s way to my shop!

K&H developed 7 trombone models together with trombone soloist Bart van Lier. This is the model .500 with a yellow brass bell, nickel silver slide, extremeley ergonomic handgrip and a detachable counterweight wich looks really cool!

This instrument is in pristine condition. No dings, no dents, no scratches, no lacquer wear. Virtually new! If you are looking for a great .500 bore trombone, this might be it!

Price: 1915$

Corporation Bach 42

Here’s a super clean straight Corporation Bach 42. Not a lot to say about it. It is in great condition and play really well. Serial number puts it in about 1973. The slide is really smooth, it has some lacquer wear and some tiny red points on the slide outer, nothing to be worried about for a horn of this vintage. The bell section has one small scar on the flare, besides that it is pristine. No dings or dents on the tuning slide or on the slide crook.

Price: 1540$

Large bore Kruspe trombone

Now here is something you don’t see every day! This is a Kruspe trombone – probably model Penzel – from before 1918 in excellent condition! It is made of yellow brass and has a large bore – similar to a modern Bach 42. The bell features a wide Kranz and is approximately 9.5 inches wide. The engraving says “Ed. Kruspe, Hoflieferant”. The inner slide seems to be original, but chrome plated afterwards.

For an instrument of this age, it is in exceptional condition. No dings, no dents, not even scratches. I suspect it hasn’t been played in a long time as the slide is quite scratchy as of now. But it gets better day by day.

SOLD

Shires Blair Bollinger bass trombone

This baby eats trumpets for breakfast and french horns for dessert! Great symphonic sound!

A Shires Blair Bollinger custom bass trombone with independent Axial valves, a Bollinger bell, a B62-78 BOL dual bore slide and three leadpipes (B2, B3 and 1.5). Valves and slide work great, some small spots of lacquer wear on the back of the valve, but other than that she is in pristine condition.

Like the two other Shires trombones I have for sale, this one came to me from a shop in Paris, France which had to close due to the Corona-crisis. I don’t think this horn has been played at all as the thumb rest hasn’t even been fixed with the screw yet. So this is basically a new trombone.

Wanna sound like Blair Bollinger? This is it!

Price: 6000$
SALE PENDING

Shires Michael Davis trombone

The 3b killer is here! The Shires MD has been developed together with trombone virtuoso Michael Davis. An easy to play small bore trombone – even for me!

This one is absolutely new, so no dings no dents no nothing. Two leadpipes included (T85 1 & T85 2). If you are looking for a great small bore trombone that can do it all, this is it!

Price: 3595$

Shires Custom Tenor trombone

DEMO-CONDITION!

If you are on this site I probably don’t have to tell you with how much love and care Shires trombones are built, and this one is no exception. It comes with a 7YLW bell, a TB47NLW slide and 3 leadpipes (1, 2 & 3).

Until now this horn lived in the closet of a music shop in Paris, France. Unfortunately – due to the Corona crisis – the shop had to close and I am selling the remaining stock of trombones. It’s a sad story, but the good part of it is, that the trombone is basically new! Besides some small dings around the valve it is in pristine condition.

Get yourself a basically new Shires custom at a really nice price!

Price: 4950$

Shires Q30YR Tenor trombone

DEMO-CONDITION!

The Shires Q30 trombone is a more affordable version of the Shires Custom trombones. This one is in absolutely pristine condition, valve and slide action are very good. Looks like new, plays like new. All pieces of the Q series can also be used on a Shires custom.

Just like the two other Shires trombones I have for sale, this one was displayed in a now closed shop in Paris, France. From the looks I’d say it was maybe used as a demo one or two times and that’s it.

Price: 2600$

Corporation Bach 42B with Instrument Innovations valve

This is a nice Corporation Bach 42B with an Instrument Innovations valve.

Really good sounding horn. It does all you ask of a really good Bach. This one seems to have a beautiful sound built in… Don’t know how to tell it otherwise, it just sings nicely in all ranges and all dynamics. The pianissimo dynamics speak particularly easy to me.

It is in really good condition. The slide and valve action are excellent, no dings, only some small scars. It is all raw brass and is already developing that nice patina. I’ll say it one more time: A very well playing Bach!

Comes with the original french style Corporation era Bach case.

Price: 2340$

Thein Universal Bass trombone

This instrument was off the market for the last few months as I held it back for a friend. Unfortunately the sale fell through, so that means you have yet another chance at this great trombone!

Here is an incredibly well playing single valve bass trombone! This Thein Universal with Hagmann valve is silver plated and in really good condition. Screw bell. Some small lacquer wear, two tiny dings and thats it.

It plays – as you’d expect from a Thein – really well with a nice warm sound. I could absolutely imagine this baby being played in a large orchestra. The valve and slide action are great. The Hagmann valve has a very short throw and really keeps the valve register open. If you are looking for a nice single valve bass trombone that can do it all with a nice sound, this is it.

The original Thein case is included. Smallest case I’ve ever seen for a bass trombone…

Price: 4500$

Kühnl & Hoyer Slokar Solo Tenor

I have to say this is one of the most comfortable trombones I have ever played! The bell brace goes under your thumb so it basically acts like a bullet brace, add to that the Williams style slide brace and you have a very ergonomic design.

Gold brass bell, yellow brass valve section and nickel slide. It plays very easily with a big round sound. It makes me think of a good Conn 88H.

This one is in really good condition. There is some really slight lacquer wear, but besides that, it looks really good. The valve and slide action are excellent.

Price: 2350$

Lawler Big Boy

Roy Lawler is building trombones since 35 years and all his horns are made by him from start to finish. His shop is very much like a brass pro shop of the past. No computerized machines. All hands on manual machines as well as hand picked sheet brass make for a vintage sounding trombone but with modern intonation and feel for a quick response with great fluid slurs. The hand slide is all hand built to exacting standards for a smooth light action.

This particular horn is a Lawler Big Boy .525 medium bore trombone from the 1990’s, built in Longwood FL. It features 8.5″ yellow brass bell, a nickel handslide with interchangeable leadpipes, oversleeves and a yellow brass crook. I particularly like the look of the Williams style hand grip.

The lacquer shows some signs of wear, but otherwise it is in great condition. Slide action is great. A very versatile and fun horn to play!

Price: 1450$

Super rare Minick large bore

Larry Minick is a trombone builder legend and if you already played one of his horns, you know why. I have been lucky enough to play 4 Minick tenor trombones so far and all of them have been exceptional horns. And this one is no exception.

It has an original Minick red brass bell (actually it may also be a Conn bell with some Minick Voodoo on it…), open wrap valve section with a Conn valve (at least it looks like one). The slide has certainly been made out of Conn parts and has a fixed Minick custom leadpipe. Slide and valve action are great, no wear on inner slides.

This horn has been played a lot and it looks like it. The lacquer is almost 100% off and there are two small patches on the bell flare. My tech also had to redo one of the slide bracings and the slide bow guard.

This baby is not only a piece of trombone history, but also a spectacular playing horn. It is astounding how easy it speaks and how well it resonates, truly an easy playing trombone.

No case included.

Price: 3250$

Kühnl & Hoyer 175 Slokar Alto

Here is a top notch alto designed by Branimir Slokar and Kühnl & Hoyer. It is so good, it has unfortunately served as model for all the chinese alto trombones on the market now. But this is the original, and you can tell it! A great alto with a nice sound and really easy to play.

This one is in pristine condition: Looks like new and plays like new! New those altos go for 2700$. Get yourself a basically new alto at a drastically reduced price!

Price: 1950$

Bach 42b Corporation

If you follow my page, you may know that I like Bach’s. And I particularly like vintage Bach’s from the Corporation era.

Here is a nice Bach 42b corporation bell, mated with a recent slide from the early 2000’s. As you can see on the pictures, the lacquer on the bell has seen better days. But the valve action is still very good. The slide has not seen a lot of use so it is in very good condition besides some small spots where the lacquer suffered.

The bell sounds great. Nice heavy symphonic sound.

Price: 1350$

1948 Conn 70H

Here is another beautiful Conn 70H, this one has been made in 1948. It is the “long bell, short slide” version of a Conn 70H which is actually easier to play for someone used to a modern bass trombone.

The 70H may well be my favorite bass trombone of all times and this is a great sounding example. It features a 9.5″ yellow brass bell, .562″ slide with tuning in the slide and the opera wheel tuning mechanism. You can really feel how the room fills with a warm, dense sound when you play it. The 70H is also really versatile as it has been – and continues to be – played successfully in Big Bands, Orchestras etc. And of course… Mr. Bass trombone – George Roberts – made this model famous.

This one is in very good condition for its age, the slide is smooth and the inners have no slide wear. The valve has just been serviced and works great. The tuning mechanism needs one little solder joint to fix the long screw in place. Except that, it is ready to gig.

Sold without case.

Price: 1550$

Bach 42 Corporation

Bach fans know it: those old Corporation horns can be absolutely great! This is a nice example, very clear articulations but keeps a nice dark orchestral sound.

Unfortunately it isn’t a beauty queen any more. The bell has some severe lacquer wear and small dings throughout and there is some slide wear on the stockings, the slide works still really well though.

A great player for someone looking for a good Bach 42. And it comes with an original Corporation case in really good condition.

Sale pending

1937 Conn 70H

Every once in a while I get an instrument that I know in advance I will have to save it. This is one such example.

A silver plated Conn 70H from 1937. It came to me with very worn slide inners, but the sound was quite somehing! So I asked the people at Haag trombones to draw me new inners and they did a fabulous job! This is one of the 70H’s with the shorter bell and longer slide, so it was important to get those inners right and don’t simply take some inners from a stock horn. The original leadpipe has been saved, so this baby sounds just as well as it did before.

The new inners still have to be broken in, this will take some time, but I can already feel this will be a great slide!

The TIS tuning mechanism works really well as does the valve. As you can tell from the pics, there is some lacquer wear on the bell section, but there are no dings or dents.

Price: 2550$

Rath R4F

This is a used Rath R4F with Hagmann valve all in yellow brass.

It is in really good condition without any dings or dents. Some lacquer wear on the slide but the bell section looks nearly like new. The slide is smooth and the valve works really good. 750Y bell and a heavy weight valve cap.

Sold without case.

Price: 3150$

Thein Universal alto

Thein has been making fine brass instruments in Bremen since the 1970s. Many of their trombones are used all over the world and Thein is regarded as one of the best makers anywhere. Mostly known for their traditional German trombones.

I feel incredibly lucky to be able to present you two Thein trombones handpicked at the factory by a Thein artist. That way you know you will be getting some of the best parts Thein makes.

One of those two trombones is this really nice Thein Universal alto trombone in like new condition. It is literally like new as it sat in its case since purchase as a backup horn! The bell is in gold brass with a nickel silver slide. The Universal model was created to offer another option more familiar to players who use American made trombones. A top of the notch alto with this incredibly beautiful sound Thein’s are known for.

Sold without case.

Price 3500$

Yamaha YSL-871 Custom Alto trombone

Here is an alto trombone you won’t find that often. A Yamaha Custom YSL-871. The Yamaha Custom line was established well before the Xeno line, and this is not one of the Xeno models. This one must have been made in the 1970’s or 1980’s.

There is a scar on the bell from a removed dent, but other than that it is in pretty great condition. This is one of the easiest playing alto trombones I have ever played!

Price: 1800$

Edwards T396-A Joseph Alessi

In 2009 Edwards came out with the Edwards T396-A wich they developed with start trombonist Joseph Alessi. It features a yellow brass bell with a gold brass slide. The slide crook is yellow brass and the main tuning slide is gold brass. A nice mix of gold and yellow brass that gives this trombone a clear sound but always with some warmth.

The Rotax valve is absolutely stunning and the harmonic bridge allows you to alter the playing feel to your likings.

This one is in great shape. It has been bought in 2018, played for 5 months and then put away. There is some lacquer wear on slide, but besides that, the trombone is in immaculate condition. Of course, all the harmonic pillars are still there, so you can tinker with the harmonic bridge. This is the first T396-A I ever played, but I can say that it is a great horn. Really even sound through all registers and in all dynamics. Great orchestral trombone.

Sold without case.

Price: 5400$

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