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S.E. Shires Bass Trombone Extra Leadpipe .562"


Item Details

This is a group of leadpipes by S.E. Shires for bass trombones that have a .562" upper hand slide tube bore.  (That means nearly all bass trombones.)  Made in Hopedale, MA, these are threaded at the top to fit into a receiver on S.E. Shires bass trombones.  These pipes may also fit several other brands, including some Kanstul trombones.  Your favorite brass technician can make it work. (Maybe he will have a large enough hammer.)

These pipes are made in 5 sizes and have options for length and materials.  When you purchase an S.E. Shires bass trombone, three leadpipes are included, usually sizes 1, 2, 3 in yellow brass.  We can substitute other sizes at time of purchase depending upon availability.

Sizes Available

  • 1 - Bach style
  • 1.5 - Medium Open, But Less So
  • 2 - Standard
  • 2.5 - Somewhat More Open, But Not So Much
  • 3 - Open


Your Secret Decoder Chart

  • B - Bass trombone, .562" Bore
  • S - Short
  • L - Long
  • G - Gold Brass
  • N - Nickel
  • SS - Sterling Silver

From the S.E. Shires website:

The leadpipe is the first point of contact with the player after the mouthpiece and is therefore a very important component for you to select for your desired sound and feel. The diameter and placement of the venturi (the smallest point in the taper of the pipe) have significant effects on the playing characteristics of an instrument. Three interchangeable yellow brass leadpipes are included with each slide:

  • 1 = Smallest venturi diameter: compact sound with very clear articulation
  • 2 = Medium venturi diameter: more open sound
  • 3 = Largest venturi diameter: large, broad sound

Leadpipes for the various bore sizes are stamped as follows, before the number:

  • T85 = .485 bore
  • T0 = .500 bore
  • T8 = .508 bore
  • M = .525 bore, small shank receiver
  • MT = .525 bore, large shank receiver
  • (none) = .547 bore
  • B = .562 bore (bass trombone)
  • BB = .578 bore (XL bass trombone)

The following options are available and can be substituted for the standard leadpipes at no additional cost:

    • 1.5 = Between 1 and 2
    • 2.5 = Between 2 and 3
    • L = Longer version of any numbered pipe for more centered feel (not available for small bores)
    • S = Shorter version of any numbered pipe for more open feel
    • G = Gold Brass pipe: warmer, more dense sound
    • N = Nickel Silver pipe: more brilliant sound
    • VE = Vintage Elkhart, available for .547 bore tenor trombones

  • SS = Sterling Silver pipe, available at additional cost: very solid, dense sound

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