Peter Gane Trombones
Gerry Birch has carefully researched and assembled an absolutely excellent new range of purpose-designed trombones comparable with the very best but at a fraction of their cost! This range currently consists of five trombones, from Alto to Bass. The Bb/F Tenors are available in either open, or closed wrap and all models have red brass lacquer finish bells, chrome plated nickel silver inside slides and nickel silver outside slides.
The strong but lightweight back pack style case completes the package and makes these trombones into very attractive outfits.
I am delighted to endorse this new and exciting range of affordable top quality trombones which are being marketed under my name .
35 years ago if you had the desire or opportunity to look inside a professional brass player’s bag of mutes, you would most likely come across some quite interesting items. Apart from the normal, mass produced selection of metal mutes, you would probably have found a host of excellent fibre mutes, craftsman made and carrying such names as De Polis of Philadelphia, Ernst Engermann of Hamburg and Jim Lea of London.Why did professional players use these mutes?It’s simple, because they worked well and produced the sort of excellence in tuning, response and sound that they required. The trouble was that these craftsman-made fibre mutes were rapidly becoming collector’s items. To quote a colleague from Marshall University, West Virginia, USA “ Although there were many metal mutes available, fine fibre mutes were rarity!”
With this in mind, and firmly believing that any brass player should be able to purchase a professional quality hand made fibre mute, or set of mutes, made to satisfy the most demanding of players, I set up in business as a specialist mute maker.
It is now 35 years since the first hand made Peter Gane fibre mute hit the streets, and, despite band room chat and rumours of my demise –
Q. “ Can anyone tell me where can I buy a Peter Gane Soprano straight mute?”
A. “ You can’t anymore, he died three years ago!” I am pleased to announce that
I am very much alive and kicking! The “Peter Gane“ range of specialist hand made fibre mutes has never been better, more extensive or in safer hands
Who is Peter Gane?
Peter Gane FGSM ARMCM
Peter Gane is one of Britain’s leading brass specialists. At the age of 16 he won an open scholarship to study the trombone at the Royal Manchester College of Music and at the age of 19 he became a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. A founder and former president of the British Trombone Association with many publications to his credit, Peter Gane has earned particular recognition for his work with young people. He has a long-standing association with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra where he has been professor of trombone since 1977 and 1984 respectively. As a teacher, brass specialist and conductor he has taken master classes and workshops in many European Conservatoires and with professional groups in Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Holland, Austria, Italy and the U.S.A. His international reputation has recently been confirmed by the presentation of "Neill Humfeld award for excellence in trombone teaching" by the International Trombone Association.
He became a professor of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 1971, was elected a Fellow of the School in 1981 and is currently Head of the Department of Wind and Percussion where he regularly conducts and records with the Guildhall School of Music Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Peter's recent publications include:
The Good Brass Guide, Trombone Books 1 & 2,
published by the Guildhall School.
Bucket Mute (Comments from Petter Kateraas , Norway )
I am an old pro from Oslo, Norway. I am a commercial player. Have been working here for 35 years. Now I have a retirement, but still work much.
I have a big gig coming up playing lead and solo with the Royal Norwegian Navy Big Band this Saturday evening in a concert for the Military Tattoo here in Oslo.
Also another big band playing the music of Frank Zappa on Friday evening.
And on Friday I have an afternoon duo concert playing with a guitarist, the Bucket will be wonderful.
I also played some duets with my 15 year old clarinet playing daughter yesterday - wonderful sound with the bucket and low clarinet!
I was actually endorsed by a major English trumpet manufacturer and was on their website until I stopped using their horns.
I am now playing an Olds Super from 1932.
So feel free to put my comments on the website.
The bucket not only has a very clear, dark sound, it also plays incredibly well in tune! It has the best sound and plays best in tune of all my buckets, and I HAVE SOME!
It plays unbelievingly well, a great improvement from the earlier model. (I will do a little experimenting on the corks on that one.)
I really do hope you have success with this one, clearly the world's best bucket mute!
All the best,
is an amazingly
inexpensive ‘entry level’ instrument, ideal for those players who wish to
develop hand technique without paying several thousands of pounds for one of
the various superb high-end horns by makers such as Webb, Jungwirth and
Supplied with four crooks and a large padded case with detachable pockets for each crook, this has got to be the bargain of the year. I can enthusiastically recommend the instrument to all beginner-to-intermediate hand-horn players.
Anthony Halstead, December 2009
I have had my Scherzo horn since February and I love playing it. It is a very easy blow and is well in tune for ensemble playing.
I got it to extend my understanding of horn playing and now am about to perform 3rd mvt of the Mozart horn quartet on it as part of my grade 8.
Because it is free blowing, i have suddenly grasped lip trilling, which I had been struggling with on my valved horn for the last year or so.
I would be grateful to know when the new suite of crooks is available, so I can use it more fully in future.
STEVENAGE REGIONAL BRASS BAND CONTEST March 17th& 18th 2012
Winner of the Cornet in the Free Draw was :-
Ticket No 18 Nikki Jones from Witney Brass