German Romantic Eb Alto Trombone by Robert Schopper

This instrument is one of my most prized in my whole collection. Robert Schopper was one of the two apprentices to J.C. Penzel who made the “Leipzig posaune” famous making instruments up to his death in 1879. I believe this alto dates from the late 1890s or early 1900s and it is absolutely in the style of a Sattler or Penzel instrument… perhaps even made on those original tools. It is constructed of thin gold brass and has a wide bell kranz of the same material, as was the style of Schopper. The inner tubes are made of seamed gold brass, as are the outer slide tubes. When I received this instrument, one of the slide tubes was cracked and it was not playable. My shop-mate, Brad Close, fabricated a replica inner tube from sheet gold brass and replaced it. The result, one of the finest trombones I’ve ever played. The sound of this alto is the sound of Schumann, Brahms and Schubert. It is an absolute joy to play and I use it as often as I can, especially with a full set of German trombones it is especially special.