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

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Model BLW

The S.E. Shires Model BLW trumpet features a lightweight version of the broad “B” bell that allows for even faster response and an open high register. Brilliant and nimble, it navigates technical passages with flexibility and ease. It sounds warm, round, and intimate at when played softly, but sizzles at high volumes—and projects easily to the back of any performance space. The openness of the standard W leadpipe provides a free, stable-slotting, but flexible blow; its relatively fast taper adds brilliance to the characteristic warmth of the B bell taper.

Yellow-brass balusters and lightweight yellow brass valve caps add depth and immediacy to the sound. The combination of playability and warmth unique to the BLW make it one of the few lightweight trumpets to appeal to lead and classical players alike.

Specs & Features

  • Bore: .459 inch
  • BLW Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one piece, hand-hammered "B" (broad) taper in lightweight yellow brass with traditionally brazed seam and standard bead
  • W Leadpipe: .347-inch venturi, lightweight yellow brass; open and free blowing with well-defined slots and easy, immediate response
  • X Tuning Slide: dual-radius bend, standard water key; free blowing and flexible, with great response
  • Piston Material: hand-lapped Monel
  • Valve Cluster: two-piece casings, lightweight, with yellow-brass balusters
  • Lower Valve Caps: lightweight yellow brass
  • 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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