Professional trombonists have experimented extensively by modifying existing instruments. To make the “F” register respond like the open instrument, they have converted the “F” attachments to open wrap configurations and have added new types of valves. Also, mouthpipes have been changed to alter the response and intonation of an instrument. Bells have been exchanged, lead has been added in braces, and duct tape has even been put on bells to alter the sound.
However, there are inherent problems with this approach to instrument design:
The end result is an unknown.
Many good instruments have gone through extensive modification, only to be less satisfactory than their original condition. Other modifications have enhanced one aspect of an instrument while severely compromising another.
Conversions are expensive.
Having good custom work done on an instrument is costly in parts and labor, even if the first experiment is satisfactory. It is certainly not efficient to purchase an instrument and then alter or replace many of its components.
To address the needs of professional trombonists, Edward Getzen, the third generation in a family of musical instrument builders, began researching the idea of producing a factory made custom instrument.
Extensive experimentation has been done in acoustics and metallurgy by Edwards. Invaluable assistance was also provided by leading artists from across the country.
The Edwards Company offers the professional artist a truly individual, personal instrument, incorporating just the right balance between state of the art precision manufacturing techniques and hand craftsmanship. The highest quality premium grade materials are used to ensure consistency.