B454-V-E Bass Trombone

Bass Trombone with Second Valve Variable Tuning

B454-V-E Bass Trombone

The B454-V-E is the ideal instrument for bass trombonists in need of options. The configurable second valve tuning allows players to change easily between Gb/D, G/Eb and Blair Bollinger’s brand of tuning (designated “BB”) without costly conversions.

Note: You will need to specify which second valve tuning setup you want when ordering your horn. Optional second valve tuning slides are available.

The B454-V-E’s positive characteristics go beyond second valve tuning options. The Axial Flow valve section is narrower than our standard B454 configuration, which allows for a unique “half Edge-braced” valve section. This slots the B454-V-E between our B454 and B454-E models.

Like our other bass models, the B454-V is available with 9½”, 10″ or 10½” bell flares in a variety of wall thicknesses and tempers with soldered or unsoldered rims. In addition, you may choose from yellow, rose or red brass with a clear, lacquer finish.

Single and dual bore slides in standard weight and lightweight configurations include three brass leadpipes with further custom lead pipe options available in silver and brass.

Changing tuning slide material and design has a profound effect on instruments. Edwards has many tuning slide options available on request.

Like the name suggests, the B454-V-E is the most versatile bass trombone on the market.

Price

$5460

Availability

3-4 months

Warranty

Lifetime

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Specs & Features

Bore Size

.562" or .562"/.578" bore

Leadpipe

Interchangeable leadpipe system with 3 leadpipes

Slides

B-STDN
The B-STDN is the standard .562" bore bass trombone slide. This slide provides a player with greater flexibility in the upper register. It is most comparable to the Bach 50 slide. The B-STDN has a yellow brass outer slide with nickel sleeves and endcrook.
B-DBN
The B-DBN is a .562"/.578" dual bore slide. This slide adds width to the sound and blows freely in the low register. The B-DBN has a yellow brass outer slide with nickel sleeves and endcrook Three leadpipes aid the player in achieving the desired compression of the individual instrument.

Tuning Slides

Single Radius
Single Radius tuning slides are the most common. They have one continuous bend from small to large end. They are very free blowing and open in all registers.
Dual Radius
Dual Radius tuning slides have two bends. The shape is more square with the two bends making a flattened top. The dual radius provides a quicker response and ease in the upper register, however, the sound is more compact than the single radius tuning slide. All dual radius tuning slides are CF treated to offset the compact nature of this tuning slide.
Both types available in yellow or red brass

Valves

  • Independent Axial Flow Valves
  • First Valve Pitched in F
  • Second Valve Pitched in G, flat G, or Gb

Bell Weights

  • 20 Gauge - Heaviest (.031" thick)
  • 21 Gauge (.028" thick)
  • 22 Gauge (.025" thick)
  • 23 Gauge - Lightest (.022" thick)

Bell Materials

  • Yellow Brass (70% Copper / 30% Zinc)
  • Rose Brass (85% Copper / 15% Zinc)
  • Red Brass (90% Copper / 10% Zinc)

Bell Treatments

Soldered
A soldered bell tends to have a very centered sound with a lot of core (fundamental). The articulations are slightly dampened and softer with the solder, while the sound is more direct and compact.
Unsoldered
An unsoldered bell has a very wide sound with more overtones. Articulations are easier with an unsoldered rim. More near feel is apparent with these bells as the sound is wider, which helps give the player more feedback.
Tempered
Tempering occurs when a bell is spun twice on a mandrel which work hardens the bell. This adds brilliance and colour to the sound.
Double Buffed
Double buffing thins the bell slightly. It actually creates a thickness in between any two gauges.
Heat Treated
Heat treating is a baking of the entire bell. This softens the metal immensely and creates a very dark sound. This works best on heavier bells as it tends to free them up. Heat treating is not recommended on thinner bells as it makes them more prone to mute dents. The CF treatment has virtually replaced heat treating.
CF Treated
CF treating is a partial heat treating process. This treatment allows the bell to blow more freely and adds colour to the sound.

Finishes

  • RawBrass
  • Lacquer
  • Silver Plate
  • Satin Finish

“For most of my professional career, I have performed on an Edwards bass trombone and have always appreciated how it has felt like a natural extension of my playing. The ability to create a trombone that fits you physically as well as musically is such an important factor in being comfortable in any ensemble or musical style. From the very first note, I was impressed with how it played with such ease and openness yet still maintaining great accuracy and control giving me a rich sound that I had never attained from any other instrument. With an Edwards trombone, there are no limitations and you have the confidence that whatever the musical situation, you will have an instrument that will exceed all of your expectations.”

Don Rayment

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