This is Getzen's top of the line symphonic bass trombone, and is based on the most popular options of their direct-sale Edwards modular trombone line. It shares many parts with the Eterna models, but includes the very open blowing setup of dual inline axial flow valves, often known as Thayer valves. These valves provide less resistance and a more even transition between the open and valve sides of the horn, and lessen the impact of the resistance of two rotors on the neckpipe. The drawbacks can include limited neck clearance for players with wider jaws, a longer throw, and cost, as these axial valves demand a premium price. But, many players, especially in the symphonic realm, insist on this setup. You'll find you can play louder and lower with less effort, as there's much less resistance to overcome, ad you'll have a broader, more tuba-like sound. This works very well alongside the modern symphonic trombone section and also next to the larger tubas that are currently in vogue. If you like to play bass trombone in a brass quintet as a substitute for tuba, your sound will be amazing on this type of horn.
The Getzen has a wide, orchestral weight slide, with nickel trim and nickel end crook. The slide has dual bore .562"/.578" tubes, which transition nicely to the .593" rotors, and give a conical feel to the instrument. The open wrap valve section is tuned to Bb/F/Gb/D, for maximum technical efficiency, and the valve section can be completely disassembled by the user for maintenance and cleaning. Bell choices are yellow brass as the 3062AF, or red brass as the 3062AFR. You'll find the yellow bell offers a more stable sonorous sound, and the red brass allows a more malleable, broader sound, with the option to heat up the tone when needed, at the expense of some stability. Compared to the ubiquitous Bach 50T3, which looks similar, you'll find the Getzen to have cleaner assembly, a more efficient blow, more bell and leadpipe choices, and a lower price. Includes a lightweight fiberglass case, 3 leadpipes, and a Griego custom mouthpiece.
Bore Size: .562"/.578" dual bore (with three interchangeable leadpipes)
Tuning Slide: Yellow brass bow
Handslide: Hand straightened nickel silver inside tubes (chrome plated with barrel shaped stockings)
Yellow brass outside tubes with nickel silver end crook and oversleeves
Bell: 9 ½", 22 gauge yellow brass with soldered rim
Mouthpiece: Griego CS1
Valves: Independent, open wrap F/Gb/D attachment
2 axial flow valves
All Getzen Custom Series Trombones are based on the best designs from the Getzen ProShop. Custom Series Trombones are designed to offer players the ability to choose between different bells and leadpipes. This allows the player to customize their trombone to deliver the desired sound and response. Custom Series Trombones are ideal for college music majors and top professional trombonists.
Custom Series Bass Trombones are available with either yellow or red brass bells. The professional weight hand slides are yellow brass with nickel silver end crooks and oversleeves. All Custom Series Bass Trombones come with three interchangeable leadpipes to enable the player to further customize the response of the instrument to meet any need.
Axial flow valves have revolutionized the playing of F and D attachments on the bass trombone. The operation of the valve keeps the air column entering the attachment relatively straight. This makes playing through attachments much like playing through an open horn. Getzen high performance axial flow valves are smooth, quiet and easy to maintain.