After 15 years we've discontinued this model. It has a recent ergonomic "improvement" to the thumb trigger, making the horn no longer comfortable for me to hold. The repair is difficult and I have better things to do.
This is a professional model bass trombone with dual inline rotary valves from The Getzen Company. This horn is made in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and is designed to be an instrument for the professional jobbing player or the advancing student. This is one of our most affordable professional bass trombones. It has beautiful workmanship, a choice of two bells, a sleek open wrap design, and 3 removable leadpipes.
This model features a straight bore .562" weighted brass slide and dual inline rotors in Bb/F/Gb/D for maximum technical prowess. The rotor linkages feature metal mini-ball linkages for durability. The dual gauge bell is available in yellow brass as the 1052FD, or in red brass as the 1052FDR. Dual gauge means that the bell flare and bell tail are formed from different thicknesses of brass. The design is tailored to offer better projection but with minimal weight. Also of note is the often ignored bell rim. This one is unsoldered, a vintage style that is rarely seen on new instruments. You can tell because there is a gap between the bell flare and the rim where it's rolled over. You can fit the end of your fingernail in there. This means there's less metal on the bell rim, letting it rattle a bit more. This feature makes this a fast responding, commercial leaning instrument that's quite captivating to play. We find the yellow brass bell to have the most stable sound and projection, with an even tone quality from soft to loud dynamics, while the red bell has a slightly broader, warmer sound, and a bit more malleable tone, at the expense of some evenness. With a red brass bell, when you need to heat up your tone and project with some edge, you can do it without huge amounts of air.
While very similar to the Getzen model 1062, we find this model can be more suitable for the tenor trombone doubler or the commercial player, as the inline rotors allow you to compress the air wave a bit, and the extra resistance can help you control your tone and endurance. Big air symphony players or those who prefer to top out at a higher decibel level may prefer the more open 1062. Its dual bore slide and stacked rotors add a more open feel, but it's a larger feeling trombone than the 1052, requiring more volume of air to fill it up. The Getzen 1052 includes 3 leadpipes, and Getzen 1.5G mouthpiece. Case is sold separately.
Bore Size: .562" (with three interchangeable leadpipes)
Tuning Slide: Rose brass
- 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", dual gauge yellow brass with unsoldered rim
Mouthpiece: 1½G Trombone
Finish: Clear lacquer or bright silver plate
Valves: 2 inline rotary valves, open wrap F/Gb/D attachment
Warranty: Getzen Gold Warranty
- Bright Silver Plate
- Hand Engraving
- Custom Etching Available