Hawk Tenor Bb Trombone Review

To learn the trombone, you want an instrument that is light, easy to learn, and a trusted product. Many of the beginner trombones I first researched fit the requirements for a seasoned player, but the prices were out of reach as a learner. The Hawk Gold tenor trombone is a high quality instrument created for the beginner at reasonable cost.

Considerations in Trombone Purchase

You're learning the instrument, or teaching the trombone, and you need one that doesn't come attached with top professional quality prices and skill. Consider the weight of the instrument if you're a young learner. The Hawk slide tenor is a lightweight option. Another consideration is the bore hole. For a beginner, the .500 to .525 size bore hole is ideal. The sound is strong, and yet won't require as much air to create that sound.

Hawk Tenor Bb Trombone 

The Hawk Gold Bb trombone is a gorgeous instrument. The gold lacquer shine will make you feel you're in the spotlight. The bore hole is small cylinder. The weight comes in at around 15lbs, a bit lighter than larger models.

  • Perfect for beginners with bore hole size requiring less air, but produces quality sound.
  • The price point for this Hawk Gold trombone is ideal for beginners who are trying instruments.
  • The look and weight of the Hawk Gold trombone is impressive to beginning musicians.
  • Once mastered, you will want more range and sound than this model can produce.
  • While on the low end of the trombone price-point, a new model will still run more than a model that’s used.
  • The trombone is a difficult instrument to master.

Features and Benefits

Construction

Hawk Tenor Bb Trombone

The tenor trombone design makes this a longer trombone than the brass. The gold lacquer finish on this model makes the trumpet’s design attractive to beginners.

Aesthetics

The trombone translates from Italian to “trumpet." The sound produced is more versatile and varied from a trumpet. The weight and style of this model will give you a sense of professionalism while an ideal beginner instrument.

Easy Care

Many beginner model trumpets, like the Hawk slide tenor, are easy to maintain. With a larger bell and larger bore hole, cleaning the trumpet will be easier for beginners. The outer casing is easier to protect.

Sound

This beginner’s model doesn’t have the bore hole of a more professional model. The bore hole is what your air flows through. A larger bore hole requires you push less air. The bell on the end of the trombone is smaller on the tenor trombone. While it limits the sound range of other models it give the beginner the ideal limited range.The sound range on this model can be from Bb to F.

Value

The highest end trombones for professional players can easily slide into the thousands of dollars. While the size and sound limits exist, you’re choosing a gorgeous instrument. Once you’ve mastered this instrument, the next step is a more costly model you’ll play with confidence.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

4

Construction

4

Value for the Money

3

User Satisfaction

4

Alternatives

Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone

Mendini by Cecilio Bb Tenor Slide Trombone

The Mendini tenor trombone is comparable in all aspects except the cost is lower. For a lower price point, you're not giving up much more than weight. The Mendini is nickel plated as well at around 11 pounds. The bore hole is at .500 with an 8 inch bell, providing a very similar sound. This is ideal for a beginning player, but is a more affordable option and lower weight.

Mendini Tenor Slide
  • Price: $139.99
  • Design and Color: Nickel Plated 8inch Bell
  • Special Features: Bb tenor slide with .500 bore hole
Hawk Gold Slide Tenor
  • Price: $160.53
  • Design and Color: Gold Lacquer 8inch Bell
  • Special Features: Bb tenor slide with .500 bore hole

D'Luca 750N 750 Series Plated Bb Tenor Slide Trombone

D'Luca 750N 750 Series Plated Bb Tenor Slide Trombone

At a higher cost, this tenor trombone has similar attributes to the Hawk. The size of the bell is smaller at 7.9 inches, making the sound more limited. The color of the instrument is also an appealing gold lacquer finish. The D'Luca tenor is inspected in a Los Angeles distribution center to assure a quality instrument.

D'Luca Plated Bb 
  • Price: $207.05
  • Design and Color: Gold Lacquer 7.9inch Bell
  • Special Features: Nickel plated Gold Brass Body, Bb tenor with .500 bore hole
Hawk Gold Slide Tenor
  • Price: $160.53
  • Design and Color: Gold Lacquer 8inch Bell
  • Special Features: Bb tenor slide with .500 bore hole

Tromba TRB-BK TRB-BK 

Tromba TRB-BK TRB-BK

The Tromba tenor trombone is also ideal for beginners. However, the cost of this model is much less than the Hawk Gold. The color isn't as shiny as the gold laments of the Hawk. The black color certainly set the Tromba into it's own category in design. The bell is larger at 8.5inches with a bore hole identical to the Hawk Gold. Overall, it is also ideal for beginners with a lower cost.

Tromba Plastic Trombone 
  • Price: $129.90
  • Design and Color: Black finish, 8.5 Bell
  • Special Features: Bb tenor slide, .500 bore hole
Hawk Gold Slide Tenor
  • Price: $160.53
  • Design and Color: Gold Lacquer 8inch Bell
  • Special Features: Bb tenor slide with .500 bore hole

Final Thoughts

A beginner needs to give the instrument a chance to know if it's ideal for them. The Hawk slide tenor trombone fits many needs for a beginner. The bore hole size requires less air, the bell is smaller but provides ample sound. An ideal beginning instrument at a cost lower than the professional comparison. Want more information about trombone? Visit our homepage for guides and reviews for beginner trombones.

Stephanie Su
 

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