If you’re looking for a brand-new trombone it can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re a beginner. Which brand is really best? Does a cheaper trombone mean a worse trombone? And is it worth buying a plastic instrument?
Given that you’re here, on an article about the best plastic trombones, we’re assuming you’ve narrowed down your trombone search and are committed to plastic. If not, we’d recommend reading up on the advantages and disadvantages of plastic instruments before we continue!
If you are all clued up, then read on for the five best plastic trombones currently on the market, according to Amazon reviews. Full disclosure, some of our products are featured on this list, but we’ve based the rankings entirely off of what Amazon customers have scored the instruments to provide you with the most honest, accurate, and unbiased information possible.
pInstruments pBone (4.6/5)
We’re incredibly proud of (and flattered by) the fact that our very own instrument is at the top of Amazon’s best-rated plastic trombones. With 625 global ratings on Amazon from verified purchases, the pBone has an average score of 4.6 out of 5, and 76% of all reviews are five stars!
The pBone is a much lighter instrument that clocks in at around 4 kilos less than a regular trombone, making it perfect for younger players. The instrument is way easier to hold as a result, and helps children master good technique and posture that much quicker. The pBone is also fantastic value for money, costing around a quarter of the price of many beginner brass trombones.
The pBone Mini is, as the name implies, a smaller version of the pBone that’s way more accessible for players to pick up and try from an even younger age.
Like every instrument in the pInstrument family, the pBone Mini’s strong plastic body can handle its share of knocks, drops, and dents. With over 280 customer reviews on Amazon, it has a respectable 4.6 out of 5 rating.
The Tromba plastic trombone is another great option for any younger players looking to get their start in music. Like the pBone, it’s made from lightweight and durable ABS plastic, and comes in a range of colours.
The product listing claims it weighs around half that of a traditional brass trombone, and the vast majority of customer reviews praise the instrument’s sound and value for money. Another solid option all-round!
Cool Wind CTB-200 Series F-Attachment Plastic Trombone (4.2/5)
Cool Wind’s plastic trombone is similar to the other instruments on this list in that it’s lightweight, durable and easy to use. However, it has one notable feature the others don’t, which is a special F-attachment that extends the range of the trombone.
This lets players hit lower notes without the need for a longer slide. It’s worth noting that traditional trombones with F-attachments are pretty expensive, making this a great option for a much lower price.
Reviewers praise the instrument’s great sound, but a few advise using a large-bore metal mouthpiece for a better tone.
After seven years writing about video games, Ewan made the jump to the music instrument industry to stop his family asking when he was going to get a real job. Mostly, though, he adores music and is passionate about its vital role throughout life - especially in education. He also played guitar in several bands with deeply embarrassing names that won't be revealed here.
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