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Reviews - Bach Stradivarius Trombones
Bach LT12G Trombone
Bach LT16M Trombone

There is just something about the tone of Bach trombones that I love. Perhaps it’s in their overtones…I really don’t know for sure what it is. Even though I love the sound, I was never as fond of their response and flexibility until I tried the LT (lightweight) nickel slides. For me, adding an LT slide produces the ideal combination of tone, response, flexibility, and intonation in a Bach trombone.

The fact that the entire line was designed by one person brings a consistency in both feel and slide positions through the different models that is very useful when you often switch between many sizes of trombones for various musical situations. Although there are more superb brands of trombone available today than ever, Bach still remains the standard to which they are all compared.

Bach LT12G Trombone

The Bach 12 model is a great all around jazz trombone. With a .500 bore, it has a fuller tone that the Bach 8 and is hotter sounding than the Bach 16M. I’ve had both a yellow and a gold brass bell on the 12, and I like the tone of the gold brass bell more on it. It’s still hot, but a little richer sounding. The 12 is very flexible and responsive with a nice bite if you want it. It makes a very good all purpose jazz or commercial trombone if you want just one horn to cover all the bases. I like it when I want something that cuts sooner than the 16M. It’s a blast to play.

This instrument review was with a Monette TS 11 G and TS 6 Slap mouthpiece.

Bach LT16M Trombone

The Bach 16M model is the largest of the Bach small bore trombones. With a .509 bore, it is about the same size as the King 3B. It is heavier than the 3B, but is a very flexible and responsive horn. The 16M is quite versatile, handling most types of jazz work well while being big enough to cover some lighter symphonic or chamber work if you want to use a smaller horn. If you like playing a large bore trombone mostly, but sometimes wish you had a comfortable small bore horn, the the16M would be a good option. The gooseneck is more open than on the regular 16, which is a dual bore (.485-.509) that has a more conical feel. Even though I play euphonium and tuba, I’ve never liked dual bore trombones very much. The tone is nice, but something about the sound always feels out of tune to me. The 16M is one of Bach’s best selling trombones, with most of the credit due to Bill Watrous and his amazing playing on one for over 30 years. Along with the Bach 42, I probably use the Bach 16M the most of all my trombones. It is a favorite to play for me!

This instrument review was with a Monette TS 6 Slap mouthpiece..

Specifications

Bach LT12G Trombone
"Stradivarius" - .500" medium bore, 7-1/2" one-piece gold brass bell, lightweight nickel silver outer handslide tubes, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, removable gold-plated balance weight, clear lacquer finish. Comes with genuine Vincent Bach small shank mouthpiece and zippered Cordura covered wood shell case.

Bach LT16M Trombone
"Stradivarius" - .509" medium bore, 7-1/2" one-piece yellow brass bell, open gooseneck, lightweight nickel silver outer handslide tubes, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, clear lacquer finish. Comes with genuine Vincent Bach small shank mouthpiece and zippered Cordura covered wood shell case.

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