The trombone has merely changed over the last years. It was the same since the 15th century. There are many trombones that can have valves. The thing that has changed was the size of the bell. The slide is used to make the sounds deeper as in the trumpet uses its valves. Pushing of the slide way or closer to the instrument lengthens or shortens the tube. Anyone who is clumsy is not very suitable to playing this instrument because the slide doesn’t tend to stay in the trombone and it is not suited to be played fast. The tenor trombone is common but the bass trombone has an extra section of tubing to distinguish it from the tenor.
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