The JP Rath 236 alto trombone is an excellent first instrument for the orchestral trombonist to explore alto trombone. Designed in collaboration with Michael Rath, one of the UK's finest trombone designers and manufacturers, the JP236 Rath is lightweight, free blowing and consistent, all to extend your musicality, confidence, and style.
This is a nicely designed instrument of better mechanical quality. The hand slide is fairly good but will need a bit of handwork from me to deburr, then it will be something. The hand braces have some minor misalignment. The buffing is smooth and very shiny, bell spinning is also very good. The lacquer has a gold tint to it that shows a pattern in certain light. You can see it in some of the close-up photos. It's like a bit of glittler, which would up your pimp factor by several percent at least. The mouthpiece receiver has some small burrs, easily sanded down. The bell section is well aligned. The angle of one of the braces make it look off, Glassls are like this, but it's actually correct. Except for a few trim pieces, the entire trombone is nickel or gold brass. The balance weight may not be necessary, and it'll play differently with the weight on or off; be sure to try it both ways. The included 12C mouthpiece is about the right size range for alto trombone. 7C, 11C, 12C, 15E, etc. are popular sizes.
The long slide and shorter bell section with little neckpipe expansion makes this look like a classic Latsch design, which is well respected.
Steve's tips for learning alto trombone