Trombone Gallery

Who knew there were so many types of trombones? Douglas Yeo has pictures of all kinds of trombone configurations. Pictured is a buccin, a trombone with a bell ending in a zoomorphic head. Link -via Metafilter

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The trombone is rather interesting in that it's one of the few instruments that has gone almost unchanged for in about 500 years. The renaissance instrument (usually called a sackbut to distinguish it from the modern version) has a slightly narrower bore, especially near the bell, and the mouthpiece is shaped a bit differently, but it's essentially the same instrument. The other instruments that the sackbut typically played with at the time, the shawm, cornett, serpent, kortholt, curtal, have entirely disappeared.

Anyone in Dallas interested in seeing and hearing the renaissance sackbut in action should drop by Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dallas next sunday:

I'll be playing on viola da gamba, recorder and crumhorn there.
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Make sure you see the linked "making trombones" video. Besides being a cheesy hype commercial for Yamaha, it nonetheless shows you the whole process of building a trombone which I found pretty neat.
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