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(a) Earliest known trombone, a tenor in B♭ by Erasmus Schnitzer, Nuremberg, 1551 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg); (b) Contrabass trombone in B♭ by G.N. Oller, Stockholm, 1639 (Musikhistoriska Museet, Stockholm); (c) bass trombone in E♭ (with tuni

(a) Earliest known trombone, a tenor in B♭ by Erasmus Schnitzer, Nuremberg, 1551 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg); (b) Contrabass trombone in B♭ by G.N. Oller, Stockholm, 1639 (Musikhistoriska Museet, Stockholm); (c) bass trombone in E♭ (with tuning slide in bell joint) by Wolf Wilhelm Hass, Nuremberg, first half of the 18th century (Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Berlin)

Musikinstrumenten-Museum des Staatlichen Instituts für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin

Trombones illustrated by Praetorius in ‘Theatrum instrumentorum’ (1619): (from left to right) Alt Posaune, Gemeine Posaune, Quart-/Quint-Posaunen, and Octav Posaune

Trombones illustrated by Praetorius in ‘Theatrum instrumentorum’ (1619): (from left to right) Alt Posaune, Gemeine Posaune, Quart-/Quint-Posaunen, and Octav Posaune

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