Great all-around trumpet: powerful, rich, warm sound.
- Broad dynamic range
Easy to play
S.E. SHIRES Model AHW Bb Trumpet
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. The S.E. Shires AHW 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 leadpipe provides and 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.
Recognized as a leader in brass instrument design and innovation, S.E. Shires Co. sets the benchmark for blending traditional craftsmanship with high-tech consistency and precision. Shires fabricates its bells, tubing, and valve sections onsite in its Massachusetts factory to exacting standards. The valve components are tested thoroughly for accurate tolerances and perfect action at every stage of manufacture. Shires draws its own slide tubes to precise tolerances, assembling them without tension, and aligning them carefully to assure smooth, trouble-free action that is second to none. This handcrafted approach to instrument construction also ensures that the sound of every S.E. Shires trumpet displays incredible depth, complexity and character—giving the player an unrivalled sonic palette with which to work. S.E. Shires makes beautiful instruments, built to last for many years. Mouthpiece and case not included.
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- Key: Bb
AHW Bell: 4 13/16", one-piece, hand-hammered, "A" (centered) taper in heavyweight yellow brass with traditionally brazed seam and standard bead
WH leadpipe: .347" 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
(mouthpiece and case not included)