The Design Team
John Packer started his woodwind and brass business nearly 40 years ago. During this time his company, John Packer Ltd has achieved a reputation for expertise and customer service across the UK. John Packer was both musician and trained repairer and oboe maker. He has used his skills in a design consultative role for a number of major instrument manufacturers including Yamaha, Boosey & Hawkes and Schreiber. John and his workshop manager, Gary Dickinson, have used their combined experience of nearly 70 years to create a multitude of features on the JP range of instruments. This process is ongoing with regular trips to the factory to work with the technicians actually on the production line.
Michael Rath is someone for whom high standards are paramount and his involvement from concept to end product is the key to the success of our collaborations. In 1995 Mick started developing the first Rath trombone R1 dual bore .500” /.510” with the help of leading jazz player Mark Nightingale. These trombones went into production in 1996 followed a year later by the R4 .547” large bore. Both were greeted with great critical acclaim and Mick took his rightful place in the pantheon of world class trombone makers. The Rath range of trombones has expanded since then with various new models, including alto, tenor, bass and contra bass trombones. Michael Rath trombones are now highly respected and trusted by professional players of both classical and jazz music. Endorsees include Mark Nightingale, David Gibson, Bert Boeren, Marc Godfroid, Dennis Rollins, Michael Dease, Csaba Wagner, Brett Baker and Carol Jarvis. Mick’s involvement hasn’t just been at the design end of the process. He has also been working closely with the technicians on the production line at our factory to ensure that the JP/Rath trombones are made precisely and to his exacting standards.
Michael Rath - Rath Trombones