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    I posted this under the general discussion section, but I thought I'd try here, too.
    I am interested in purchasing a sackbut for the purpose of playing it. I was wondering how much they cost and where I might shop for one. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but exactly what is a sackbut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mahlerfan View Post
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but exactly what is a sackbut?
    Ancestor of trombone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sackbut
    "Handel understands effect better than any of us -- when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt... though he often saunters, in the manner of his time, this is always something there."

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    Why do you want a sackbut Tex? Why not just get a trombone and play it badly?! I suppose to get a sackbut would cost a bomb as no-one really makes them on a commercial basis anymore.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    I play the trombone and have an interest in history, so I guess when those collide, I suddenly have the desire to get a sackbut. I was hoping that someone made reproductions on a scale that would not make them insanely expensive, but If that's not the case, I'll follow your advise.
    Another trombonist I know must be trying really hard to mimic the sackbut all the time...

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    I'm sure many baroque ensembles use sackbuts today (Musica Antiqua Köln, the Academy of Ancient Music and the likes).

    So it must be possible to have one made.

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    In the past years there has been a revival of interest in the scakbut.. There are several sackbut makers in germany and other parts of europe. A good historical copy can cost about 5000$ us.

    I have known some players who use "pea shooter" trombones from the early 20 th century instead. This can be a nice alternative .

    by "pea shooter" I 'm refering to the small bore trombone with the 6 inch bells that wher used by arthur pryor and other trombonists of his period

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    Is there anyplace in particular that sells pea shooters, or should I just keep an eye on ebay? Do you know if it has the same tone as a sackbut? How much might a pea shooter cost?

    Sorry for this interrogation!

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    Hi there,
    here's a great article on the sackbut and sackbut performance

    http://www.trombone-society.org.uk/r...es/addison.php

    To answer your questions: The peashooter would not have the same tone as a sackbut, it comes close but only a sackbut sounds like a sackbut. A peashooter would be a cheaper alternative. You could get one in usable condition for probably a couple hundred on ebay...
    I don't know of any places that sell them now...

    My best solution for you is if you want to play sackbut try to find a band or school that has one and go there .

    Check the wikipedia article for makes and such.

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    Thanks for the help.
    I think that peashooters may be the way to go.

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    Good for you.

    Theres a good forum with a couple discussions of the sackbut below . I found while searching on the net. Alot of articles on sackbut.

    http://earlymusichicago.org/cgi-bin/...num=1065120752

    Good luck

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