B-Stock, Startone SSL-45 bb-tenor trombone, brass body, ML-bore, bell diameter: 205mm, bore: 12,2mm, brass outerslide, chrom plated nickelsilver innerslide, clear lacquered, incl. case and mouthpiece, B-Stock with full warranty, may have slight traces of use
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I have the SSL-45 now for a few weeks in the Guggenmusik use (as probably many others also ... at least I have already seen some) and can so far almost only good report: The processing is definitely okay, the only weak point is The somewhat unstable train locking, which starts playing when you do not turn it completely into the final position.
The train is actually a bit brittle at the beginning, which is probably due to the dirt residues from the production process, which are still to be found in the instrument. A thorough cleaning in the bathtub has solved the problem in the meantime. After a few weeks the train has now also "ground in" and with a combination of (very little) La Tromba fat and Slide-O-Mix runs very well.
The trombone's appearance seems familiar to many trombonists: the design is very similar to a Yamaha YSL-354. This is certainly not a bad thing, not for nothing is the Yamaha the beginner's trombone par excellence. The starting tone is also very similar to the YSL-354, and just like the Yamaha, the higher notes (especially from the g1) are not quite as loose as in comparison instruments (in my case, a YSL-647). In the face of the price class, however, this is absolutely in order. Of course, I was surprised by the depth: despite the narrow bore and the small sound funnel, the trombone goes very well into the pedal sounds and still makes a good volume.
The trombone intoniert in general generally quite neat, but the instrument is cold in the cold very deep, even with a completely inserted tuning. After a minute or two, the problem will be done by itself.
Remains the accessories. The case is in fact very nice (and much more beautiful than eg the case of a YSL-354), only the zipper of the outer compartment hacks occasionally. To the attached mouthpiece one sees with my copy the cheap Machart, at the edge is a small foreign body inclusion to be seen. It is, of course, playable anyway, and it also fits a lot. In the absence of further comparison possibilities I would say: Approx. 6 1/2-AL measures, but a slightly smaller bore of the tube and a somewhat narrower rim.
The conclusion: The SSL-45 is definitely a usable entry-level and / or second instrument and thus no cheap toys. Anyone who is ever more serious about the music will eventually exchange them for a higher-quality instrument after some time, but not without having to pack up a few hundred euros. The trombone initially needs some care (wash through, correct fat), but is then good for many purposes. Negative points are the clattering train lock and the not quite optimal response in the upper register.
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