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Trombones are one of the oldest brass instruments still in use today. In fact, that's why they use a slide: they were invented even earlier than valves. With generations of craftspeople working to make the trombone even better, it's no surprise that they've changed and diversified over the centuries. That's led to the invention of a few different kinds, and of those, the most common instruments in the family today are tenor trombones. These are the way to go if you're a beginner to the trombone, not to mention if you're an experienced pro looking for the traditional style. And since tenor trombones are the standard, you've got a lot to choose from.
One of the newest developments in tenor trombones has been the introduction of plastic instruments. A plastic trombone may sound odd at first, but when you try out a model like the Allora ATB100M Aere Custom Series Plastic Trombone or the Jiggs pBone Plastic Trombone, you just might be surprised. Their light weight and resilient material makes these trombones super durable and portable, so they're an amazing option for taking with you to practice anywhere you go. Plus, at a fraction of the cost of a brass trombone, plastic models are perfect samplers if you'd like to try out the instrument without making a big investment.
Of course, if you want the absolute best sound quality, there's just no replacement for brass. And with options like the Allora Student Series Bb Trombone Model AATB-102, they can be really affordable as well. Brass tenor trombones are available in the traditional style, or you can turn up the projection and openness even further with an attachment trombone such as the Jupiter 636L-O Series. That's just one of the choices you're able to make with brass trombones - another would be the choice between different finishes and various types of brass, allowing you to make subtle changes to the instrument's voice.
So don't be afraid to branch out and try something new! Or, if you're a beginner or a traditional player, don't be afraid to stick to a classic-style trombone either. The whole point is that it's up to you to decide what you want from your instrument. Whatever that happens to be, it's sure to be offered in the selection of tenor trombones available here.