With the help of Mr. Thomas King, a local trombone player in Cleveland, Ohio, H.N. White developed his first trombone in 1894 which was viewed in the market as a "revelation" to the music world due to radically different bell, bore and mouthpipe designs than those of other current prevailing models. Players loved the "King" trombone because the slide was finer, smoother, and lighter in action than any other.
Since 1894 the King name has been synonymous with world-class high quality brass instruments. World renown artists, the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Ziggy Elman, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Charlie "The Bird" Parker, and Harry James, all trusted King as their choice of musical instrument. Built in Eastlake, Ohio, today's King professional trombones draw from that musical heritage and continue to set the standard for today's small bore jazz trombones. With a pedigree like no other, King trombones continue to be the choice of jazz artists the world over.