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  1. Antoine Courtois Paris AC131BR-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto Trombone Antoine Courtois Paris AC131BR-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto Trombone
    Antoine Courtois Paris AC131BR-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto...

    The Courtois AC131BR Prestige Alto Trombone has all the same features of the AC131R, but adds a trill key...

    $3,695.00
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    $6,130.00 (save 40%)
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  2. Conn 36H Alto Trombone with Bb Rotor Conn 36H Alto Trombone with Bb Rotor
    Conn 36H Alto Trombone with Bb Rotor

    An alto trombone with slide positions in the same relative positions as those of a tenor trombone. The unique...

    $2,449.00
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    $3,743.00 (save 35%)
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  3. Antoine Courtois Paris AC131R-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto Trombone Antoine Courtois Paris AC131R-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto Trombone
    Antoine Courtois Paris AC131R-1-0 Prestige Eb Alto Trombone

    The Courtois AC131R Prestige Alto Trombone features a .464-inch to .492-inch dual bore with a detachable...

    $2,687.00
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  4. Bach LT39G Stradivarius Series Alto Trombone Bach LT39G Stradivarius Series Alto Trombone
    $2,869.00
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  1. Yamaha YSL-872 Custom Series Alto Trombone with Trill Rotor Yamaha YSL-872 Custom Series Alto Trombone with Trill Rotor
    $3,068.99
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  2. S.E. SHIRES A7GLW Custom Series Alto Trombone S.E. SHIRES A7GLW Custom Series Alto Trombone
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  3. S.E. SHIRES Custom Alto Trombone in Yellow Brass S.E. SHIRES Custom Alto Trombone in Yellow Brass
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  4. Amati ASL 601 Eb Alto Trombone Amati ASL 601 Eb Alto Trombone
    Amati ASL 601 Eb Alto Trombone

    A fine alto trombone with many of the European innovations and sound qualities.

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  1. Yamaha YSL-871 Custom Series Alto Trombone Yamaha YSL-871 Custom Series Alto Trombone
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Today's alto trombones are interesting examples of modern craftsmanship applied to centuries-old tradition. Before valves were introduced, this style of trombone was the high voice of the brass section. As new instruments with valves entered the scene, the alto was used less and less. However, since many of the era's compositions were written specifically for the alto trombone, this instrument is experiencing a resurgence among musicians who wish to reproduce those classical pieces as faithfully as possible. Some of the masterpieces that feature parts written exclusively for the alto trombone include Mozart's Requiem and Don Giovanni, and Beethoven's fifth, sixth and ninth symphonies as well as compositions by Haydn, Schubert and Brahms. With such an impressive resume and a growing appreciation from modern composers, it's no wonder that the alto trombone is coming back into the limelight. Having said all that, we're left with the question of what to look for when buying an alto trombone. Like most brass instruments, the type of brass used is worth taking into consideration. Most trombones are made from either yellow (or gold) brass or rose brass. The name of rose brass comes from its color, which is deeper due to its higher copper content. Many trombone players find the sound of a rose brass to also be somewhat deeper and richer, while others prefer the standard yellow brass trombone. Although these trombones are played with slides, some have a Bb rotor and trill key. Using this valve, you can adjust the trombone's key to play in Bb or to create trill effects. Not only can these effects stand in for a lip trill—especially helpful for beginners who are still perfecting the technique—their slightly different sound also makes them useful as a complementary detail that you can introduce as an accent to your lip trills. If there is any instrument that's been shown to deserve its comeback, the alto trombone is it. That this brilliant-sounding trombone is making its way back into stages and orchestra pits everywhere is a good thing for the classical music that was composed with it in mind, and a good thing for the high register in the ensemble. The alto trombone can be a challenging instrument to master when compared with other trombones, but it will also become one of the most distinctive instruments in your brass band or section.

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