The S.E. Shires Model 401 trumpet is the latest version of our original signature C trumpet. It features a uniquely balanced heavyweight “4”bell taper, which combines a big, powerful sound with easy response.
The bell of the 401 updates the design of traditional C trumpet bells in that it is bent slightly shorter, resulting in a Z-brace placement closer to the bell bend. For some players, this can solidify the feel and quicken response. Matched with the open 401 leadpipe and the centered and projecting WF tuning slide, it produces an ideal balance of breadth, clarity, depth, and projection.
Yellow-brass balusters add warmth to the sound while nickel-silver valve caps add brilliance and character, increase its core, and contribute to cleanness and immediacy of attack.
Specs & Features
Bore: .462 inch
401 Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one piece, hand-hammered "4" (open) taper in balanced heavyweight yellow brass, with traditionally brazed (side) seam, brass bead, and dual-radius bell bend
401 Leadpipe: .351-inch venturi, standard-weight yellow brass—open and free-blowing, with easy response
WF Tuning Slide: dual-radius bend, flanged braces, standard water key—centered core, brilliance, and presence of sound
Piston Material: hand-lapped Monel
Valve Cluster: two-piece casings, standard weight, with yellow-brass balusters
Lower Valve Caps: nickel silver
Bell Engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark, model designation, and traditional floral pattern
Includes S.E. Shires double trumpet case, mouthpiece, and care kit
S.E. Shires Custom Series Trumpets
The team at S.E. Shires Co. has benefitted from a close relationship with some of the world’s leading orchestral players and soloists to develop its C trumpets. With a sound rivaling the most sought after vintage instruments, our C trumpets boast incredible consistency, intonation, and ease of playing. Available standard in .462-inch bore, we offer models that will excel in orchestral, chamber, and solo performance.
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