The JP331 Rath represents John Packer's flagship Bb/F medium-large bore tenor trombone designed and manufactured in collaboration with Michael Rath, one of the UK's leading trombone specialists. The JP331 Rath Trombone has a lovely broad sound, developed in collaboration with UK trombone guru Michael Rath. This JP Rath design combines the simplicity of a single in-line rotary valve with a modern open wrap style. The development of the JP331 Rath saw the instrument finely balanced to ensure an excellent playing experience for musicians of all levels.
The JP Rath range of trombones have generated a lot of positive comments throughout the industry and are now in demand across the globe. They are characterized by a professional standard of workmanship and a high level of performance. Often compared with professional models, they compare very favorably with instrument from some of the top makers. The JP331 Rath features a ML bore (.525") providing players with versatility while its 8" bell gives superior projection. High grade 80:20 (yellow) brass is used in construction throughout.
Bore: .525" Medium Large (ML) Bore
Bell: 8", High Grade 80:20 Brass
Slide: High Grade 80:20 Brass
Finishes: Lacquer or Silver Plate
Additional features: Exclusive Michael Rath design leadpipe, Bell ring, Ergonomic thumb lever
Accessories included: JP Mouthpiece, JP Pro Trombone Case
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JP331 Rath Review
"The JP331 RATH offers the Bb/F combination that is becoming increasingly the popular instrument of choice for young trombonists both in the UK and abroad.
This is where Rath’s experience comes into its own for me – with an instrument that is so well designed and put together that it is hard to think of anything in the same class for the money.
The medium large bore (.525") offers real flexibility throughout the range, a classic well rounded, fully centred tone and great intonation in both the Bb and F guises.
It’s the design, with young student player in mind that impresses most however.
Rath have really put in the hours in the workshop to make sure all the elements blend together to enhance the playing experience.
The trigger mechanism is lightning fast, whilst the adjustable thumb lever is a real bonus – ensuring that even the smallest of hands can work the mechanism in comfort.
The slide has a real slick feel, whilst the warp around design for all the plumbing behind the player’s head has been neatly compacted and expertly balanced with the counterweight. It really does ensure good posture and embouchure even from the smallest of performers.
It’s a really responsive instrument that gives so much back to a player willing to work it hard and with its lightweight case it doesn’t break you back (or your student bank balance) either."
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