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Getzen 1062FD Eterna
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1062FD Eterna

Musicians who make their living playing bass trombones are well aware of the new Getzen Eternas. From symphony to swing to school concert bands, the Getzen Eterna Bass Trombones continue to get the job done.

The 1062FD has a dependent rotor system. Solo bass trombonists, jazz musicians, and other players who enjoy a quick-responding, free-blowing valve section favor it.

Bore Size:
.562"/.578" dual bore
(with three interchangeable leadpipes)

Tuning Slide:
Yellow brass bow

Hand straightened nickel silver inside tubes
(chrome plated with barrel shaped stockings)

Lightweight yellow brass outside tubes with nickel silver end crook and oversleeves

9 ", 23 gauge yellow brass with soldered rim

Finish (click for photos):
Clear lacquer, bright silver plate or 24K gold plate

Dependent, open wrap F/D attachment
2 rotary valves
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Bore (inch): 0.562/0.578
Bell (inch): 9.500
Key: Bb
Bell material: Yellow Brass
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Review Date: 3/13/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,775.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very open and quiet dependent valves, great slide, Bach-like orchestral sound
Cons: None really in five years of ownership

I purchased this horn in 2001 and it has served me very well. The dual bore is a dream to play and the horn feels very open through the pedal notes. It is easily the best bass trombone that I have ever owned, and I have owned a few.

I have never been a fan of the axial flow valve, preferring just a little bit of resistance, especially in the low register - but not too much. This horn delivers a fat sound in tune and with enough punch to cut through a large orchestra, when needed. Its yellow brass bell delivers a dark orchestral sound very similar to the rotary valve Bach basses, but with less effort.

The valves are very quiet and both paddles are adjustable. The horn comes with three interchangeable lead pipes, allowing the player to customize resistance and tone quality to his/her preferences. I have mostly used the #2leadpipe.

This instrument is very competitively priced with the other major brands and can be purchased at many find music retailers around the country. Many seem to have discovered the horn in recent years and of course the prices are going up. There are still some deals available, though.

The red brass bell (1062FDR) is a somewhat brighter sounding instrument that seems to be quite at home in the concert band or big band.
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Review Date: 5/14/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: with the modification I made, it "speaks" in any register and is versital enough to sound with either the East Coast or West Coast voice on demand.
Cons: none

I think I have managed to "build" the perfect horn. I gathered enough spare change and had the dependent rotors pulled and installed the dual independent Thayer's. The Beast is incredibly free blowing and responsive in any register or volume. With the red brass bell and the dual bore, a better horn could not be found for any situation. Powered by a Monette Prana, BT-1L I have yet to find a style or group where the horn will not make its presence felt.
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