Schmelzer Trombones are hand crafted in Germany: Available in various sizes and combinations of alloys & finish, this #2 is .508 bore, 8” yellow brass, sandblast finish, gold plated inner bell, with nickel silver slide. They are also available in nickel silver, copper, and gold brass. This one is similar in size to a King 3B, or Bach 16- a very popular size with studio & jazz players today. The instrument feels much heavier in weight than either the 3B or 16. This, undoubtedly, helps darken the sound and creates more projection- easier to hear in the back of the room for the listener- it’s no lightweight studio sound. Noticeably, I was able to play at much higher volume levels than expected without distortion of tone. The horn plays very well in tune with itself, although, the slide positions feel slightly different that other trombones.
Aesthetically, the Schmelzer #2 is gorgeous. The craftsmanship is world class. The design is much different than other horns available commercially to today. The curved hand grip on the slide also has decorative gold plating. The engraving on the outer bell is very detailed and ornate- reminiscent of early models from the 1920-30’s. The braces across the bell in the tuning slide area are also curved, in a way that compliments the curved hand brace. For a serious bone player, jazz artist type, this horn will definitely set him apart from others.
Brass Exchange price $3200 One demo model is available for $2795