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S.E. Shires - Model AHW - Custom Bb Trumpet

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Model AHW

This variation on the standard S.E. Shires Model A trumpet features a heavier bell that helps to maintain its characteristic warmth and focus at louder dynamics, while providing a more veiled sound at lower dynamics. It produces a powerful, singing tone with marvelous projection and easy, centered response in all registers. Its centered bell taper produces a focused sound and facilitates projection.  

The WH lead pipe provides an ideal combination of stability and flexibility; its free-blowing character compliments the centered bell taper.  Nickel-silver balusters and valve caps add brilliance and character to the sound, increase its core, and contribute to cleanness and immediacy of attack.  This trumpet makes a great choice as an all-around instrument for performance in a wide variety of musical settings.

Specs & Features

  • Bore: .459
  • Model AHW Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one piece, hand-hammered “A” (centered) taper in heavyweight yellow brass with traditionally brazed seam and standard bead
  • WH Leadpipe: .347-inch venturi, heavyweight yellow brass—open and free blowing with well defined slots and easy 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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