1606 Bb Tenor Trombone 2018-02-06T16:16:50+00:00

Model 1606 Bb Tenor Trombone

The great Spike Wallace, former principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, knew what he wanted in a trombone. He wanted a sonorous sound like a large King, but a fast response of a smaller horn. His friend Earl Williams created such instruments for generations. Sadly, those Williams instruments are no longer in production, but after many requests to produce a replica, Zig Kanstul obliged and succeeded.

Our model 1606 features a large throat one-piece bell, which is completely hand hammered and hand spun. Its large bow tuning slide and distinctive curved bracing add to its broad tone. The slide is very light, with nickel outer tubes and crook, and a new set of ferrules for style and lighter weight. Three removable mouthpipes are offered: a replica of the original, and also two replicas of mouthpipes made by the great Burt Herrick, a renowned Los Angeles brass instrument builder and innovator.

LA studio legend Bob Payne (The Simpsons orchestra, and avid collector of Williams trombones!) plays the Model 1606.

Hear the Model 1606 Tenor Trombone in action here and here.

MSRP $3,660 in lacquer finish, $3,940 in silverplate

Key: Bb
Bore: .500″
Bell: 8″ Diameter
Mouthpipe: Interchangeable
Water Keys: Traditional
Finish: Clear Lacquer


  • Hand Hammered One Piece Lightweight .020″ Yellow Brass
  • Nickel Hand Slide End Crook
  • Curved Hand Brace
  • Distinctive Bell Bracing
  • Three Interchangeable Mouthpipes – S, W6 and H6
  • Additional Mouthpipes Available

Part #: 40299
Model: Kanstul KAPLAN Trombone


Part #: 50810
Model: Pro Tec Tenor Trombone Case


Kanstul Factory Warranty

Paul Ingle with his 1606

Paul Ingle with his 1606

Bob Payne