I’ve been playing Edwards tenor trombones exclusively since I bought my first one in 1994 while I was in school at the University of Northern Colorado. Their instruments have given me the consistency I require while allowing me to make custom adjustments to fine-tune my setup. When I recently switched to the Alessi Model T-396-A, I felt it brought my playing to a complete new level.
This trombone, while being a departure from the modular selection of Edwards equipment I’d been used to for years, is almost infinitely customizable with the combined use of the Harmonic Bridge and Harmonic Pillars. There is almost no end to the different sounds you can achieve with this instrument and you no longer need to exchange a lead pipe, bell, tuning slide, etc to get the desired result. This is the most efficient horn I’ve played and it makes my job of playing principal much easier. On top of this, it allows enough flexibility to be used as a soloing instrument. Playing a recital or soloing in front of an orchestra with this trombone has been fantastic.
I hope to have some photographs of this remarkable instrument in the near future.