Beginner trombones usually range in cost from $400 to $1,500. Intermediate, or step-up trombones usually range in cost $1,400 to $2,800 and entry level pro trombones (still largely played by advanced students) around $2,800 and up.
There are several things that determine the overall cost of a trombone:
- Materials and Features - Most beginner trombones have a smaller .500 bore size and made of durable materials conducive to a beginning musician. Intermediate and advanced trombones could have a larger bore size, f-trigger, different bell size and a large shank mouthpiece.
- Condition - New or used, as well as any needed maintenance can determine the cost of a trombone.
- Brand/Manufacturer - Not all trombones are built the same. Unfortunately, some trombone manufacturers use low quality materials, which most of the time results in an instrument that cannot be fixed.
- Case - Quality trombone cases can range from $75 to $300 and should be considered when looking at the whole cost of the instrument.
- Mouthpiece - A quality mouthpiece can cost $70 to several hundred dollars.
- Service - Some organizations offer service after the sale, including maintenance of the instrument, school delivery and support of the school and community.
In most cases, saying "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is" can be applied to musical instruments. In other words, "you get what you pay for". While there are many deals available to musicians of all levels, there are instruments that are poorly manufactured and not appropriate for making music or bringing to a band class. It is wise to ask from a private instructor, music educator or reputable music store for guidance in selecting the best instrument for your musical needs.