This popular variation on the standard S.E. Shires Model A trumpet features a special, slightly squarer bell bend with a side seam and French bead. These characteristics give its sound added complexity, cushion the blow slightly, and enhance its projection and power. The W05 leadpipe, incrementally more efficient that the WH but just as open and flexible, allows the player to produce the most delicate passages with ease despite the bold bell treatment.
The Model AF has a versatile sound that ranges from warm glow to clarion edge, while permitting a spectrum of subtleties in between. Nickel-silver balusters and valve caps add brilliance and character to the sound, increase its core, and contribute to cleanness and immediacy of attack at all dynamics. This trumpet makes a great choice as an all-around instrument for performance in a wide variety of musical settings and styles.
Specs & Features
Bore: .459 inch
AF Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one piece, hand-hammered “A” (centered) taper in standard-weight yellow brass with traditionally brazed (side) seam, French bead, and dual-radius bell bend
W05 Leadpipe: .345-inch venturi, lightweight yellow brass—efficient, flexible, open and free blowing, with easy, immediate response
W Tuning Slide: dual-radius bend, standard water key—strong core, brilliance, and presence of sound
Piston Material: hand-lapped Monel
Valve Cluster: two-piece casings, standard weight, with nickel-silver balusters
Lower Valve Caps: nickel silver
Bell Engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark, model designation, and traditional floral pattern
Finish: silver plate
Includes S.E. Shires single trumpet case, mouthpiece, and care kit
S.E. Shires Custom Series Trumpets
S.E. Shires Co. began building trumpets several years ago at the personal request of Doc Severinsen. Still the horn that Doc loves most, our B♭trumpets have since also become a favorite among top players in all genres—from lead and commercial players to classical soloists, chamber musicians, and members of some of the world’s leading bands and orchestras. Our standard model B♭trumpets are available in .459-inch bore. Our newest commercial line of trumpets offers medium bore (.454), large bore (.462), and extra-large bore (.465) options.
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