Antonio García plays Bach Selmer trombones exclusively.

"These are simply exceptional horns. For thirty years I have relied on Bach Selmer trombones to assist me in creating my best possible sound, and they respond to me as no others do. I have performed on them around the world and recommend them without reservation!"
—Antonio J. García

Tenor Trombone

Model LT16M, purchased in April 1980 for $439 from Washington Music. Key of Bb, .509" medium bore, 7-1/2" one- piece yellow brass bell, open gooseneck, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, lightweight nickel silver outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular nickel silver body braces, disc balancer, Vincent Bach 6-1/2 AL mouthpiece.

After 30 years I decided to replace the slide. The new slide is so terrific that for the first several months I put nothing on it but water: I didn't want to mess with a great thing!


Bass Trombone

Model LT50B3LG, purchased in February 1982 for $1158 from Giardinelli's. Key of Bb/F/Gb. .562" bore, 10-1/2" one-piece hand-hammered gold bell, traditional double in-line independent rotor system, traditional wrap, chrome-plated nickel silver seamless inner slide, lightweight nickel silver outer slide, nickel silver handgrip, tubular brass braces, Vincent Bach 3G mouthpiece. (The wrap on my horn is not exactly as pictured above; see photos below.)

Performing on bass trombone with the
Phil Collins Big Band.

photo credit:
Montreux Jazz Festival


photo courtesy:
Jim Fischer, MusicPro Magazine

With his bass trombone on the Carnegie Hall stage.

photo credit:
Ian Nevins











Traveling by air with a trombone can be a challenge. When the call is tenor, I pack my horn in its case and then inside this SKB double golf case, which I line with either foam padding, bubble wrap, and/or clothing. The case can take a pounding; and even if a wheel or clasp comes off, the external parts are modular so that you can replace the part yourself without having to junk the entire case. I've had my golf case for at least a dozen years and have replaced one clasp. Not bad for a travel case that back then cost me around $100!

Flying with the bass trombone is a tougher gig, as even a larger-than-average case can't preclude a large bell's warping from the sheer impact of a fall off of a baggage conveyor belt. That's why I so enjoyed traveling the world with Phil Collins: all the instruments were flown in those HUGE "anvil" flight cases that defy damage as well as anything can.


The Selmer Company has generously co-sponsored many visits by Antonio García into various venues around the world to deliver educational clinics and master classes. For more information about these and other opportunities, visit Clinics.


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