Yup! You read that right. I have discovered that Plastic Brass Instruments really do exist. Before talking about these new found Plastic Brass Instruments I would like to let you know why I made this discovery.
A little Story
Approximately 2 years ago my daughter at 2 years old began to show interest in trying to make sound on my trumpet. Thinking that she would not be able to make a sound I passed her my mouth piece and let her try. Well this Mama was blown away. She started to buzz almost immediately and could even make a little sound on the trumpet with me holding it. Mama had a mission. I needed to find a trumpet that was light enough for a toddler or young child. It also needed to be cheap. We all know that little ones are not the most careful souls when it comes to delicate objects such as musical instruments.
The Mission – My initial thought was to look for a cheap second hand cornet, which are a little bit smaller then a trumpet. I also sent a few messages to friends who I thought might have some insight. At this point I had no idea that plastic brass instruments even existed.
The Answer – It was not long before I got a response from a friend informing me that there was a plastic trombone on the market, known as a pBone. She also informed me that they were in the process of creating a plastic trumpet. Could that be what I wanted?
Since this initial discovery I decided to wait to see if they would indeed manufacture a plastic trumpet. I have also had the opportunity to play a pBone and was pleasantly surprised with its performance. Well today, while searching for Christmas gifts, I discovered the pTrumpet. It has been placed at the top of the Christmas list. Now I wonder who will enjoy it more.
So What is A pBone and pTrumpet?
The pBone and pTrumpet are both plastic instruments. In fact, they are the first ever all plastic trombones and trumpets in the world. These instruments were developed in the United Kingdom are distributed by Conn and Selmer. They were initially designed for the general music classroom to teach students about embouchure, intonation and pitch. But clearly they have gone way beyond the classroom as the worlds first all plastic musical instruments.
If you don’t believe that a plastic instrument can sound great check out these videos!
The pBone in action!
The pTrumpet in Action
The Perks of Plastic
These plastic instruments are a great edition to any musicians collection. I can think of several reasons why one would want to purchase a pBone or pTrumpet. Here are some of my reasons.
Very light – These instruments are extremely light. The pBone weighs 800g and the pTrumpet weighs only 500g.
Durable – Plastic does not dent as easily. They also do not require the same maintenance as a metal instrument. They do not need valve oil or slide grease.
Sound – After playing a pBone I can honestly say that they have a great sound. A musician can be very happy with the quality of the sound produced by these instruments.
Kid Friendly – This has to be the biggest perk for me. They are great for kids because of their light weight and durability. They also provide a great way for children to learn how to care for an instrument. Kids will definitely like the fact that you can choose from several different colors. If you would like to read more about the importance of musical instruments for childrens you can check out my article entittled “Musical Instruments for Young Children – Why?”
Try out the pBone and pTrumpet
If you would like to try out these new revolutionary instruments, the best thing to do is to just get one. Luckily these fabulous instruments can be purchased online for a decent price. The bonus of plastic is it is inexpensive when compared to metal and lighter for shipping.
Where I found the pTrumpet
Product: pTrumpet Plastic Trumpet
Price: $161.10 (Amazon.com)
About the pTrumpet: The pTrumpet is the first plastic trumpet to have a completely plastic valve system.It is pitched in b flat. It come with two plastic mouthpieces (3c and 5c) but you can also use a metal mouthpiece when playing this instrument. All tuning slides are very flexible allowing for the same tuning you would expect from any trumpet. It is ideal for a young beginner as it is very sturdy and light.
To find out more and purchase the pTrumpet simply click here.
Where I found the pBone
Product: pBone Jiggs Plastic Trombone
Price: $159.00 (Amazon.com)
About the pBone: The pBone is a plastic trombone with a fiberglass slide. It is remarkably light weighing only 1.8 lbs. It includes a plastic mouthpiece (but metal can be used), a gig bag and is available in a variety of colors.
To find out more about the pBone simply click here.
I am extremely excited about these plastic brass instruments. They are light, durable and have a remarkable sound. Clearly they won’t have the exact same sound quality as a more expensive horn but they measure up quite well. While they are a fantastic addition to any brass players collection, they are super for beginners and young children. They provide peace of mind with regards to careful handling as they can sustain bumps without denting. Their availability in a variety of colors makes it easy to choose one that suits your taste and personality. Whether you are interested in buying or just interested in learning more I strongly suggest doing some research on these revolutionary instruments. You will be blown away by this extraordinary invention.
I would not be recommending the pBone or pTrumpet if I had not had the opportunity to play one myself. It was the first time I could comfortably hold and play a trombone. I will most definitely be purchasing one of these for my daughter as a Christmas gift this year. Please stay tuned as I will provide an update regarding our purchase.
If you have any questions, concerns or experience with these instruments please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Happy Music Making to All!