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King Professional Model 2166 Valve Trombone

About the Model 2166

With the help of Mr. Thomas King, a local trombone player in Cleveland, Ohio, H.N. White developed his first trombone in 1894 which was viewed in the market as a “revelation” to the music world due to radically different bell, bore and mouthpipe designs than those of other current prevailing models. Players loved the “King” trombone because the slide was finer, smoother, and lighter in action than any other. Since 1894 the King name has been synonymous with world-class high quality brass instruments. World renown artists, the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Ziggy Elman, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Charlie "The Bird" Parker, and Harry James, all trusted King as their choice of musical instrument. Built in Eastlake, Ohio, today's King professional trombones draw from that musical heritage and continue to set the standard for today's small bore jazz trombones. With a pedigree like no other, King trombones continue to be the choice of jazz artists the world over.

The King 2166 valve trombone combines the responsive and unique King valve section with the musical characteristics of the King 3B trombone. The .481" medium bore valve section and the 8" yellow brass bell provide a balanced and focused response. Nickel plated nickel silver piston material provides a durable finish with quick and smooth action. The clear lacquer finish provides a subtle warmth to the overall sound. The King model 2166 valve trombone is designed for the player looking for a high performance Bb valve trombone. Available in silver-plate finish as model 2166SP.

King "3B" - .481" bore, 8" yellow brass bell, nickel plated nickel silver pistons, clear lacquer finish, King 12C mouthpiece, 7566C woodshell case.

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Henderson White, founder of the HN White Company, started his business as a proprietor of a small repair shop in Cleveland, Ohio.  With the help of Mr. Thomas King, a local trombone player, White developed his first trombone in 1894.  This was viewed in the market as a “revelation” to the music world due to its radically different bell, bore, and mouthpipe designs.  Players loved the “King” trombone because the slide was smoother and lighter than any other.

1950_King_Logo_bw.jpgThese instrument gained immediate success with professionals including Al Pinard, the trombone soloist with Arthur Pryor’s Band.  In 1909, the HN White Company developed a “Department of Acoustical Research” with the goal of developing higher quality instruments.  As production grew, King became known for brass and woodwind instruments.  From 1917-1918, the HN White Company was the sole provider of saxophones for the US military during World War 1.  In the 1920’s, King would even become the first US manufacturer of French horns. 

When Henderson died in 1940, control was taken over by Edna White, the first women executive officer in the male dominated music industry.  Under her leadership, the company flourished.  As most company’s production of brass products halted during the Second World War, Edna was able to secure two major government contracts making radar units and proximity fuses that kept the factories running. 

Coming out of the war, King instruments saw great popularity in the 40’s and 50’s with names like Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, and Charlie “The Bird” Parker.  In 1951, the King 3B trombone was introduced and today is still the world’s top selling jazz trombone.

In 1964, production of King Instruments was moved to Eastlake, Ohio outside of Cleveland where they are still made to this day.

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