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S.E. Shires Trombones

S. E. Shires Co. was founded in 1995 for the sole purpose of building custom trombones of unparalleled professional quality. They are now recognized as a leader in trombone design, innovation and manufacture.

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Shires Alto Trombone
$3,195.00
Custom options are available, please call us.
shiresbell Shires Trombone Bell Section
$1,330.00

Please call or email us to discus bell options

from the S.E. Shires website
Shires Bells are all one-piece, unless otherwise marked

  • 1 = soldered bead: favors pointed articulations and centered sound.
  • 7 = same as "1" but two-piece
  • 2 = unsoldered bead: favors broad, somewhat diffuse sound and softer, more covered articulations.
  • 8 = same as "7" but two-piece
  • R = Red Brass: 90% Copper, 10% Zinc. Warm, rich sound with complex overtones, allows for a wide range of colors at different dynamics.
  • Y = Yellow Brass: 70% Copper, 30% Zinc. Clear, pure sound with strong fundamental, keeps a very consistent tone color and overtone structure throughout the range of dynamics.
  • G = Gold Brass: 85% Copper, 15% Zinc. Combines many of the characteristics of yellow and red brass for a very balanced and flexible sound.

Other numbers and letters after the first two signify a variety of options and are sometimes combined.

  • LW = Light Weight: Very resonant and brilliant with quick, easy response.
  • M = Medium Weight: Slightly lighter than standard.
  • HW= Heavy Weight: Holds together very well at loud dynamics, can require more effort to play.
  • T7 = Treatment 7: Thinned in flare, for some players provides easier response than standard.
  • T3 = Treatment 3: Work hardened, for slightly quicker response and brighter sound.
  • A1, A2 = Annealing (heat) treatments, soften the metal, for a warmer, somewhat less centered sound.

Markings specific to tenor trombone bells:

The standard diameter at the tenor trombone bell bead is 8½ inches. Other diameters are indicated after the other markings. 7½, 7¾ and 8 inch bells are available. Small bore bells are marked with an S.

  • VE = Vintage Elkhart. The 2RVE and 2RVET7 are two of our most popular bells, based on the classic Elkhart models of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

Markings specific to bass trombone bells:

S.E. Shires bass trombone bells are available in two flare dimensions, indicated before the other markings. If nothing is indicated, it is a BI flare.

  • BI = compact flare: strong core and easy projection.
  • BII = wide flare: very broad sound.

Bass trombone bell flares have a standard bead diameter of 9½ inches. 10 and 10½ inch diameters are also available and are indicated by a number at the end of the other markings.


shiresslide Shires Single Bore Trombone Slide
$1,295.00

Single bore slides

  • B62 = .562 bore bass slide
  • T47 = .547 bore tenor slide with tenor crook: centered sound and feel
  • TW47 = .547 bore tenor slide with wider crook: wider sound and open feel
  • TB47 = .547 bore tenor slide with bass crook: much wider sound and more open feel. Can also be used for a small bass trombone
  • T25 = .525 bore tenor slide
  • TW25 = .525 bore tenor slide with wider crook
  • T08 = .508 bore tenor slide
  • T00 = .500 bore tenor slide
  • T85 = .485 bore tenor slide

Slide Weight

  • Standard = nickel crook, yellow brass tubes, and nickel sleeves
  • LW = Light Weight: no sleeves, quicker response, more brilliant sound
  • N = Nickel Tubes: brilliant, articulate sound
  • G = Gold Brass Tubes: warmer sound
  • YC = Yellow Crook: warmer, rounder sound and articulations

shiresslide Shires Dual Bore Trombone Slide
$1,395.00

Dual bore slides: open, somewhat conical sound and feel, require more air, produce larger sound. The first number indicates the bore of the upper leg of the slide; the second number the lower leg.

  • B62·78 = .562-.578 bore bass slide
  • TB47·62 = .547-.562 bore tenor or small bass slide
  • T25·47 = .525-.547 bore tenor slide
  • TW25·47 = .525-.547 bore tenor slide with wider crook
  • T08·25 = .508-.525 bore tenor slide
  • T00·08 = .500-.508 bore tenor slide
  • T85·95 = .485-.495 bore tenor slide

Slide Weight

  • Standard = nickel crook, yellow brass tubes, and nickel sleeves
  • LW = Light Weight: no sleeves, quicker response, more brilliant sound
  • N = Nickel Tubes: brilliant, articulate sound
  • G = Gold Brass Tubes: warmer sound
  • YC = Yellow Crook: warmer, rounder sound and articulations

shirestuningslide Shires Tenor Trombone Tuning Slide
$425.00

Tuning Slide Options

  • Yellow Brass
  • Gold Brass

shirestuningslide Shires Bass Trombone Tuning Slide
$425.00

Tuning Slide Options

  • Yellow Brass
  • Gold Brass

Bass trombonists may choose between two tuning slide tapers:

  • B = compact feel and centered sound
  • C = open feel and larger sound

Shires Detachable Neckpipe
$410.00

A gooseneck, interchangeable with the valve section, can be ordered to convert any tenor or bass trombone to a straight trombone.


shiresvalvesection Shires Valve Sections for .525 Bore
$1,710.00

The S.E. Shires TruBore Valve is designed by S.E. Shires, a valve that captures many of the free-blowing, evenly responding characteristics of a straight trombone, with an amazingly continuous response between the open and engaged positions.

The S.E. Shires Rotary Valve is a superior version of the traditional rotary valve design, maintaining the size and shape of the tubing through the valve ports. Many players choose the S.E. Shires Rotary Valve for its secure feel and light, quick action.

The S.E. Shires Axial Flow Valve is constructed of nickel-plated brass in a brass casing. The Axial Flow Valve has the most open feel and sound of any valve on the market today.


shiresvalvesection Shires Valve Sections for .547 Bore
$1,710.00

The S.E. Shires TruBore Valve is designed by S.E. Shires, a valve that captures many of the free-blowing, evenly responding characteristics of a straight trombone, with an amazingly continuous response between the open and engaged positions.

The S.E. Shires Rotary Valve is a superior version of the traditional rotary valve design, maintaining the size and shape of the tubing through the valve ports. Many players choose the S.E. Shires Rotary Valve for its secure feel and light, quick action.

The S.E. Shires Axial Flow Valve is constructed of nickel-plated brass in a brass casing. The Axial Flow Valve has the most open feel and sound of any valve on the market today.


shiresbassvalvesection Shires Valve Sections for Bass Trombone
$2,860.00

The S.E. Shires TruBore Valve is designed by S.E. Shires, a valve that captures many of the free-blowing, evenly responding characteristics of a straight trombone, with an amazingly continuous response between the open and engaged positions.

The S.E. Shires Rotary Valve is a superior version of the traditional rotary valve design, maintaining the size and shape of the tubing through the valve ports. Many players choose the S.E. Shires Rotary Valve for its secure feel and light, quick action.

The S.E. Shires Axial Flow Valve is constructed of nickel-plated brass in a brass casing. The Axial Flow Valve has the most open feel and sound of any valve on the market today.
Double-valve bass trombones can be ordered with either inline or dependent valve configurations.


shiresleadpipes Shires Trombone Leadpipe
$130.00

Leadpipe options

Sizes

  • 1 = Smallest venturi diameter: compact sound with very clear articulation
  • 1.5 = Between 1 and 2
  • 2 = Medium venturi diameter: more open sound
  • 2.5 = Between 2 and 3
  • 3 = Largest venturi diameter: large, broad sound

Other options

  • L = Longer version of any numbered pipe for more centered feel (not available for small bores)
  • S = Shorter version of any numbered pipe for more open feel
  • G = Gold Brass pipe: warmer, more dense sound
  • N = Nickel Silver pipe: more brilliant sound
  • VE = Vintage Elkhart, available for .547 bore tenor trombones
  • SS = Sterling Silver pipe, available at additional cost: very solid, dense sound

shirescounterweight Shires Counterweight
$95.00

This engraved counterweight allows for easy installation and removal with no tools.