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This is a collection of my most used accessories, and items that truly aid the performing musician. If it's on this page, I actually use it in my own performing, practicing, or media production! Links go directly to Amazon or Hickey's Music.
Recommended slide lubricant
This lube from Yamaha is great - simple to apply - just put a stream about 3-4" long at the bottom of your inner slide tubes, then apply a spray of water to each tube
Pocket size slide sprayer
I order most of my supplies from Hickey's Music. Great store, and awesome selection of accessories and anything trombone related!
Zoom H1 Digital Audio Recorder
This is a super little recorder - great audio and an affordable price. Record your lessons, practicing, and performances.
2016 Zoom H4N update
This is the 2016 update of the very well known H4n. This new version allows for 24 bit, 96khz recording rates and is a great value. Includes XLR mic inputs with phantom power.
Electro Voice RE-20 microphone
This is an awesome all around mic for trombone, tuba, and trumpet. It also works fantastically well for podcasts and voiceover. When I record with this mic, I need zero EQ on the trombone sound, it just sounds fat and nice! Requires 48V phantom power (Zoom H4, H5, or interface into your laptop)...
Rode NT1 cardioid microphone
This is a great all-around mic. Works great as a stereo pair (buy 2), and sounds very good for trombone and voiceover. Very versatile mic, buy one or two and you will have them around forever! This does not have the pattern switching like the NT2, but in my opinion, you don't really need it for good brass recording. Requires 48V phantom power...
K&M Precision trombone stand - standard size
These stands are just rock solid. I've knocked my horn over on my old Hamilton stands. These are adjustable to fit different size bell horns (tenor, bass, alto) so the horn sits solidly on the stand. Also, the base is quite wide, and if you add a sandbag or two, even rambunctious toddlers generally won't knock them over!
Soulo Adjustable Cup mute
I bought one of these at the ITF in NYC this June... What a beautiful sounding mute! Smooth, in tune, and even through the registers... I highly recommend these!
Protec copy of the Best Brass practice mute
These little mutes are indispensable to me... The original Best Brass mutes are great, but they cost about $125. I don't know if Protec bought the rights to it, or if they just copied it, but this version is much cheaper.
Bach Elite straight mute
These are great mutes. They sound great and play great for just about every situation I've ever found. The "patented tone intensifier" on the bottom is a cone-shaped indention on the end of the mute. I can't say that it does anything for the sound, but it sure makes the mute easier to grip for quick mute changes!
rotect Tenor trombone case
I've owned quite a few different cases. I have one I like better than this one, but it's 3 times the price! This is a great case for the money - a little bulky, but protective and well made.