Hey folks, hope someone can help. The father of my flute student is looking to upgrade his trombone, and came to me for advice
I have basically given him some general advice and suggested he talk to his teacher/the people at the band he plays in.
His teacher has basically said "Get a Conn!", but I don't think he really feels he can spend that kind of money.
He's around G5 standard though some bits of his playing are evidently better than others, he intends any upgrade to last him more or less forever if looked after properly, and he is aware that, although he has a lot of work to do, fighting with the instrument isn't helping and is, to some degree, holding him back.
It occurred to me, a bit after the fact, that if I were advising someone on a flute upgrade who was at his stage/had his kind of aspirations then I'd probably suggest going for a better standard of manufacture without worrying so much about material (ie a top class make but a lower model of instrument, rather than the solid silver flute from a less than brilliant maker), but I don't know if this would hold true for brass.
Is this advice sound/would it help? I'm far from the only person he has to turn to for help on this one (and among the least qualified!), but if he can look into the option of an instrument with excellent quality workmanship without feeling he has to plump for the top of the range model, it might give him some wriggle room to find an instrument which will last him. So *if* it's likely to be helpful, I think it would be a good idea for him to chew on, but I don't want to tell him that unless it's a reasonable assumption that it applies to brass as well as woodwind.
Thoughts??! Hope this makes sense. If I am talking rubbish and the same doesn't apply to brass, please tell me!!