The innovative Trombone Grip™ supports the weight of a trombone while maintaining the proper playing position. It’s designed to be adjusted to fit both the instrument and the musician’s hand, providing unparalleled comfort, balance and support while playing.
In order to achieve a custom fit for any style/size of trombone, Neotech’s Trombone Grip™ comes with three sizes of wraps (bushings) along with several shims to create the perfect platform for the hand grip to snap on. Once the correct bushing type is selected and firmly attached, the hand grip is easily affixed. It can be adjusted forward and back as well as at a slight angle to create the perfect playing position. This means that the Trombone Grip™ can be placed in a position for optimal support and balance of the instrument. The grip incorporates a soft, durable neoprene strap which closes securely and comfortably across the back of the hand. It allows for a full range of movement and a comfortable, yet secure hold on the instrument. While the custom-fit bushing remains on the instrument, the grip portion is easily removed for storing and transporting the instrument.
Musicians of all ages and those with smaller hands can now hold a trombone without undue stress on the hand and fingers. As the Trombone Grip™ balances the weight and gives you added control, there is no longer the tendency to put too much lip pressure against the mouthpiece. This keeps musicians free from potential long-term injury and enables them to concentrate on their technique and music rather than on the strain of holding the instrument.
|Stock #||Style||Color||MSRP||Approximate Size|
|5131001||Trombone Grip™||Black||$32.95||Fits most trombones|
Start by making sure that your Trombone Grip Kit contains the following items:
Hand Grip with Neoprene Back Strap (1)
Grip Clamp (1)
Clamp Screw with Lock Washer (1)
Bushing Screws (4)
Bushing Shims (7) (3 thicknesses)
Bushing for Straight Tube (1) (inside view)
Bushing for Straight Gusseted Tube (1) (inside view)
Bushing for Curved Tube (1) (inside view)
Determine which style of bushing is appropriate for your trombone slide.
Before closing the hinge on the bushing, soak it in hot water for about a minute. This will help the hinge to flex more readily
Test fit the bushing around the slide to see how snugly it fits. You may notice that your instrument fits differently at the front and back ends of the bushing.
Notice that the slide on the left requires a very thin shim while the slide on the right requires a thicker shim. Be sure to check both ends of the bushing, as different shims may be required at the opposite end.
Starting with the thinnest shims first, test fit the bushing until you can close it around the slide snugly. It does not need to be particularly tight, just snug enough to avoid slipping. Check the front end and the back end of the bushing to assure a good fit, selecting shims as necessary.
1. To apply the shim(s) to the bushing, lay the bushing on a table with the inside facing up. Peel the release liner from the adhesive on the shim.
2. Align the center of the shim to the center of the bushing. Also make sure that the edge of the shim is aligned with the edge of the bushing. Press the center of the shim to the bushing to tack it in place.
3. Next, carefully close the bushing. Working from the tacked center of the shim, work around the circumference of the bushing, pressing the shim in place to adhere it to the bushing.
Shown: Bushing with both shims in place. It's now ready to be applied to the instrument.
Place the bushing (with shims applied) around the support tube on the trombone slide. Use two (2) bushing screws to secure it in place. Be careful not to over-tighten the screws.
The Neotech Trombone Grip comes with the hand grip already attached to the grip clamp. We recommend using this as a starting position to get a sense of what adjustments, if any, may need to be made to achieve a comfortable playing position.
1. To fasten the hand grip to the bushing, position the tab on the bushing into the slot on the hand grip, then rotate the hand grip as shown until the grip clamp "clicks" into place. Note: It may be necessary to adjust the hand grip position at this point if the hand grip interferes with any of your trombone braces. Place the left hand into the hand grip. Adjust the tension on the neoprene back strap for the most comfortable and secure fit.
2. To remove the hand grip from the instrument for transport or storage, place your thumb along the grip clamp and press away from the instrument.
3. Rotate the hand grip as shown to disengage it from the instrument. The slide can now be placed in your instrument case as usual. The hand grip can be placed in an accessory compartment, or wrapped in a Neotech TriPac (sold separately) to be stored in the instrument's bell.
The Neotech Trombone Grip can be configured in one of 18 different positions for maximum playing comfort.
There are six positions forward to backward.
There are three angle positions (angled back, level, angled forward).
To adjust the position, unscrew the hand grip from the grip clamp. Be careful not to lose the screw and lock washer. Choose a new position based on the location of the screw hole in the hand grip.
The angle is determined by engaging the pin of the grip clamp in a corresponding hole in the hand grip.
Once the grip clamp is in position against the hand grip, replace the lock washer and screw.
Extra Trombone Grip Bushing/Shim Kits are available separately. Great for musicians with multiple instruments, the kits contain a pair of bushings, several shims and screws. With a bushing on each instrument, it is a simple matter to quickly and easily move the Trombone Grip from one instrument to another. Available in three versions: straight, straight gusseted and curved.
(and honestly, they don't employ me!!!)
So, I'm in my mid 40's, and decided to return to my trombone playing of my youth. Picked the old dusty horn up again to get the chops back in shape, and ouch! I had developed some hand arthritis.
Enter the Trombone Grip. AWESOME!!! There are just no words to describe what a difference it is making. Before, my fingers would feel achy or crampy in the left hand, even after playing a fairly short amount of time. The grip redistributes the weight to practically hang off your top hand area, just below the knuckles. I rest my fingers on the leadpipe with little to no tension involved to balance and position the horn properly at the mouth.
So that's the product. But the people at the customer service department - top notch!!! I was loving the grip, even before realizing I had installed it incorrectly, and expressed some concern that it might not last, or drop my horn. You do NOT need to worry about that one bit if you have it installed correctly, so double check the instructions if your install seems wobbly or reach out to the awesome customer service people. The rep let me email him pictures of my installation and placement, even having their company engineer look them over to ensure the quality of the workmanship, and then we troubleshooted that I had simply selected the wrong bushing - it was just silly old me. (did I feel sheepish, but they rock.)
Buy this grip! You won't regret it.
I love it. It reduces a lot of the stress on my hand and arm.
While rehabbing from left hand surgery, I searched for an appliance that would allow me to continue playing bass trombone since I could not grip the instrument. I tried several "rest bars," hand straps and monopods. None were satisfactory. I bought a Neotech Trombone Hand Grip a month ago and it has allowed me to play bass trombone while I am recovering from injury and surgery. The Hand Grip takes all of the weight of the trombone out of the palm of my hand and distributes it to the back of my hand. I can hold the trombone and use the F and D triggers easily; I am pain free. It is comfortable, solid, well made and unobtrusive. It works. I will continue to use it even after my hand has healed from surgery because it makes playing trombone more comfortable. It is by far the best device on the market that is designed to reduce hand stress, strain and pressure while playing trombone. Highly recommended.
Professor of Trombone, Arizona State University
Bass Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra (1985-2012), retired