References

In order to give some idea of the many expressions of approval with the Schmelzer Trombones, (by references, sales exhibitions or actions) you can read a selection of highly appreciative comments by some wellknown musicians.

Band Director

Dave Sawall

Band Director at St. Mary Central High School

Upon completing high school Dave he won an audition with the 62nd Army Band in Elpaso, Texas. After returning to Appleton, Dave received the big call to perform with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of famed trombonist Buddy Morrow. He toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and even Japan for 4 ½ years and had the opportunity to perform with Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern, and jazz drummer Buddy Rich on a live P.B.S. television special called “Sentimental Swing” (A tribute to Tommy Dorsey). After leaving the Tommy Dorsey Band Dave performed a 4-month tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of trombonist Larry O’Brien. Currently Dave is the first call trombonist at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has performed for over 40 New York touring Broadway shows including The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Spamelot and Wicked. He has also performed for many celebrities including Franki Valli, Bobby Vinton, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Clay Aiken, Diane Schuur Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr, Don Rickles, The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to name a few. Even though Dave resides in Appleton he also performs in Milwaukee and Chicago as well.

Professor

Victor Eloy Lopez Cerezo

Professor de Trombone Conservatorio Malaga, Spain.

He plays Schmelzer Trombone No. 4 open Flow Valve in Goldbrasbell

Professor

Rubén Velasco Ascona

Professor at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory of Pamplona. Spain
Bass Trombone in "Banda de Música La Pamplonesa", Pamplona/Iruña.
He plays Schmelzer Bass Trombone No. 5
Professor

Francisco Nájera Perona

Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla la Mancha (Castilla la Mancha Music Conservatory)
Model N-4
Rainbow Room NYC 2006

Alex Jeun & Dave Chamberlain

Jazz Evening at the Rainbow Room NYC February 2006
Alex Jeun & Dave Chamberlain play
"Schmelzer Trombone modell 2".
Japan

Hisashi Ito

This Schmelzer-bass-trombone Model Nr. 5 is the only one in the world.
Stockholm Jazz Orchestra - Jazz Báltica Orchestra

Bertil Strandberg

"I've played just about every trombone on the market, but I must say that my Schmelzer Model Nr. 2 Trombone tops them all."

"...The first time that I tried it I knew right away that this trombone is something out of the ordianry. It has a beautiful warm sound. It speaks so easy ant its sound is so full that the instrument vibrates in your hands when you play it.
When I play fast lines on it, it responds quicker and more accurately than any other horn that I've ever tried. Its intonation is almost magical. I did not think it was possible to make a trombone so well in tone.... To sum it up: Fellow trombone players: This is the instrument we've all been waiting for!...
P.S. It looks great too. D.S.

Maceo Parker & Prince

Greg Boyer

"This is the Horn of my Dreams!!"
Schmelzer Modell nr.3 Copper
Professional Posaunist from Stuttgart, Germany

Benno Reinhard

He plays in several
Big Bands and Jazz Orchester

Conclusion:
the Schmelzer No. 1 is sensational !!

He plays also
Schmelzer No. 1 Gold
Schmelzer No. 2 Gold

First Trombone with "Radio Orchester Brüssel, Belgien"

Claude Remacle

Mot Manfred
J`ai essayé presque tous les trombones sur le marché, mais mon Schmelzer Modèle1 reste mon préféré. C`est un trombone extraordinaire, il possède toutes les qualités que ce soit au niveau du son, de la facilité d'émission ou de la coulisse très légère et facile à manier. De plus, c'est un très bel instrument.
I thoroughly enjoy playing it!!
Thank you Manfred
Claude Remacle
Trombonist, Arranger, Music Producer, Studio Musician

Marcelo Véliz

Model Nr.1 Bore: .500" (12,7mm) Bell: 7,8"(19,5cm) Silver/Gold nickel slide

Andrea Bochelli, Montserrat Caballé, Raphael, Willy González, David Pavón, Luisito Carrión, Timba Light, Timba Latina, Santiago All stars, Negroson Orquesta, Santo Solar,
Giani Torres, Los Prisioneros, El Cruce, Paolo Latrónica, Reko Big Band, Xavi Aburruzaga, among others.

United States Navy, Virgina

Matthew Echols

"Hello Mr. Schmelzer, My name is Matthew Echols, and I first want to tell you that your company is by far, the best in the world. I am a trombonist in the United States Navy. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have been playing the trombone for 26 years, and I can honestly say that I have never heard, seen, or played on a better trombone, than my model number 3.
I purchased mine back in 1998, after an extrememly long and painful search for the perfect horn, I am so happy that I found it. It still plays beautifully. I have also convinced all of my trombone buddies that the Schmelzer trombone is the one for them, they all want one! "
Jazzposaunist aus den Niederlanden

Peter van Steen

Hi Manni, here a short message from Holland.

As you know, for the last four days we enjoyed the international JazzFestival in our hometown Breda again. I had to play all days and again got many compliments regarding your trombone. Fellow musicians came to me telling me they liked the rich, clear and warm sound. And one tromboneplayer especially was very jealous of the engravements on the sterling sliverbell.
As you know, the same thing happened to me last time I was in England when Max Collie of the Max Collie Rhythm Aces came to me asking if my trombone was from that guy in Germany. He also was very charmed with the sound and he was amazed that I could produce a very warm sound in the very low register( pedal F) with the small bell my trombone has. Long live sterling silver.
The combination of your trombone and my Marcinkiewicz mouthpiece is; for me; ameezing.

Manni, many thanks for your craftmanship and hope to see you soon.
Best regards, Peter

Midwest free-lance trombonist, USA

Ed Bagatini

Hi Manfred,

I've played your Model 2 for about 12 years...always loved the horn. Now I have the Schmelzer Gold Brass bell that you recently sent to me. This bell further enhances the horn...great sound, core, & ease of playing. Manfred has made the art of trombone playing one of joy & enthusiasm.

Ed Bagatini
Midwest free-lance trombonist
St. Joseph, Michigan USA

Regards,

ED

Great Britain

Chris Barber

"I play the Horn for 10 years every day. I like the sound and how easy it speaks."
Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Visual Artist

Alex Carballo

"This Schmelzer Model 1 trombone has an immediate response and timbre unlike any other trombone I have ever played. The range of colours is so vivid in sound across all dynamic ranges. Such a pleasure to play this trombone every day"
Deutschland

Joe Wulf

Modell 1 - Sterling Silber
Ausschnitt aus der CD:
"Joe Wulf Quintett - Live at the Stellwerk"
Der Sound hat auf Grund des Materials einen brillanten Klang.
B.S&T USA

Dave Bargeron

"The horn is really great. The Best!!"

David W. Bargeron (born September 6, 1942, in Athol, Massachusetts) is an American trombonist and tuba player who was a member of the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Bargeron became a freelance musician after leaving Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He has recorded with Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Carla Bley, and Pat Metheny. He has performed with the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band from Switzerland, the George Russell Living Time Orchestra, and was a long-time member of Jaco Pastorius's Word of Mouth Band. He has recorded and toured with Tuba Tuba, a jazz tuba band which includes Michel Godard, Luciano Biondini, and Kenwood Dennard. He is a member of Howard Johnson's Gravity, a six-tuba group that has been together since 1968. Bargeron has released several albums as a soloist and in collaboration.

Trombonist

Ebba Âsman

Model N•2
Gold brass Bell
Bore: 0,508

"... I write to tell you how wonderful your instrument is, and to thank you for building such a fine trombone. ... First of all the instrument is beautiful. It's practically a work of art. The care and craftmanship you put into the horn is obvious.... The sound of Schmelzer model 2 gets is unique. Words like smooth, pure, rich yet complex only gets in the way of describing a truly magnificent horn.
Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay you is the compliment I received from my collegues after they heard me play your horn. "That horn sounds real easy to play".
I found that one of the strengths of your instruments is its high range. What an effortless joy to play the Schmelzer Model 2...."

Robert LustreaUSA

Dear Manfred!
Just to let you know, as promised, a feed back about your trombone making. I am very satisfied with the trombone. It responds even more easily now, as I have played it some time. Have to hold back pushing it in between, as it reacts to all I want it to do. It reaches the high pitch tone, with a great volume, which I have never tried before with my Bach and Conn horns. Also I enjoy your band's CD. The very relaxed and back leaned rythm section you have, yourself and the very good clarinet player you have. Conclusion: You are not going to have this horn back ever, as I shall be going to use it for many years to come.
Yours
Morten Lindstrøm

Morten LindstrømJazztrombonist in Denmark

"Neben der technischen Präsenz, wird vor allen Dingen die tonliche Brillianz bewundert.."

Walter SpermannIsertaler Blasmusik, München

"Thank you for the Meisterinstrument."

Vilkar Markus-KellOrchesterdirektor Nationales Symphonie Orchester Tallin Estland

"Your Trombone is the Best I ever played and I played them all."

Bobby BurgeesWoody Hermann Band, USA

"Your Trombones are wonderful in the upper range and Buddy said the response was dead even in every register and the partials were perfectly spaced and that your slides are very light and wonderfull."

Ch. Dreyfuss

"I recently drove from West Michigan to Rayburn Music in Boston so that I could play (and possibly purchase) a Model 2. It was definitely worth the trip. I had been playing a Bach 36 with the sterling bell and light weight slides. I had thought that was a very nice instrument. It doesn't remotely compare to your Model2. I purchased the trombone and I thoroughly enjoy playing it. The slide action is perfect. The intonation is flawless. The tone is pure, and it responds extremely well."

David DievenfordGrand Rapids, USA

"I am proud to play Schmelzer-Trombones."

Ed Bagatini

Upon completing high school Dave he won an audition with the 62nd Army Band in Elpaso, Texas. After returning to Appleton, Dave received the big call to perform with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of famed trombonist Buddy Morrow. He toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and even Japan for 4 ½ years and had the opportunity to perform with Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern, and jazz drummer Buddy Rich on a live P.B.S. television special called “Sentimental Swing” (A tribute to Tommy Dorsey). After leaving the Tommy Dorsey Band Dave performed a 4-month tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of trombonist Larry O’Brien. Currently Dave is the first call trombonist at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has performed for over 40 New York touring Broadway shows including The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Spamelot and Wicked. He has also performed for many celebrities including Franki Valli, Bobby Vinton, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Clay Aiken, Diane Schuur Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr, Don Rickles, The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to name a few. Even though Dave resides in Appleton he also performs in Milwaukee and Chicago as well.

Dave Sawall Biography

“ I am a amateur musicien but obsessed with trombones.
I had several trombones off different brands……king , conn , JpRath , Michael Rath , Kühln & Hoyer but finaly I found what’s best for me.

I have almost the total collection of Manfred’s trombones.
Model 1 copper , Model 2 silver / gold , Model 3 copper with rotax valve , Model 5 basstrombone 2 x Thayer.

There all wonderful…..what a collection.

Model 1 copper is very good in the high register……a real wonderful jazz trombone.

Model 2 silver gold is also very beautiful. Very nice engraving and a good combination with the gold on the inside of the bell. It has a bigger and warmer sound than Model 1. Is very good for bigband.
Very good in all the registers.

Model 3 , copper , rotax is a very good all round trombone. Very good smooth response off the rotax valve. The bell is bigger then Model 1 and 2 and has a bigger sound. I play this trombone in a wind orchestra.

Model 5 basstrombone. This one looks also stunning…..what a big trombone. It lies good in the hand. No worry about the weight. Very good balanced. And what a big sound. This is realy an eyecatcher.

All trombones have a wonderful engraving. These trombones are each a real masterpiece.

Keep up the good work Manfred. "

Alain Herregat

This Schmelzer-bass-trombone Model Nr. 5 is the only one in the world.

Hisashi ItoJapón