Here’s something you don’t see every day. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen one on the used market. It’s a Schagerl Fontana large bore tenor trombone.
Schagerl produces fine handmade brass instruments in Austria. They have quite an illustrious artist roaster with Zoltan Kiss, James Morrison, Thomas Gansch and – of course – Argentinian trombone star Lito Fontana. The Fontana model was developed in a 2 year collaboration with Lito and has some quite unique features!
A gold brass bell with a yellow brass slide – nothing fancy so far. The slide crook is in gold brass, as is the valve section. As you can see in this particular exemplary, the bell section is unlacquered.
The valve wrap is really unique as are the ferrules and the bracing design. I also have never seen a tuning slide with this design where one of the tuning slide legs goes into a sort of guide. Works really nicely!
So if you want to sound like Lito – go practice! If you want to have the same horn as Lito, this is it!