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S.E. Shires Custom Small Bore Tenor Trombone


Item Details

This is a custom trombone made by the S.E. Shires Company in Hopedale, MA, USA.  It is one of the very finest trombones you could ever have, and it is customizable to your desires.

This was the third instrument developed by the Shires Company, following the symphonic tenor trombone and the bass trombone.  Steve Shires was always a fan of the rare Earl Williams Model 6 trombone, which was made in Los Angeles from the 1930's through the 1970's.  A good synopsis of Earl Williams' story is written by Robb Stewart.  The Original Williams trombone reminds us much of the King 3B with its large throat 8" bell.  The Williams, having a smaller .500" hand slide, felt more efficient, but its all brass construction kept the trombone from feeling brittle.  On the contrary, the Williams was broad and warm but had a light touch and a velvety smooth tone.

And that is the trombone that inspired this beautiful instrument by S.E. Shires.  Even with the .500" hand slide option, the Shires feels like a larger instrument.  It has so little resistance that you can just breathe into it.  It has a fast response and it's really nimble.  You'll wonder how you did lip slurs on another instrument after you feel how light a touch is needed to play a Shires.

Popular Setups

The Williams

Choose the lightweight brass .500" hand slide (T00LW), the SY tuning slide, and the 8" medium weight bell (7YM).

The Steve Shires

Substitute the all nickel .500" hand slide (T00NLW) for a bit more center and edge to your sound.  This is the most popular setup here. It's the perfect mix of clear and ethereal.  This reminds us of a Minick 500 trombone as well.

The King Man

If you like a classic King 2B+ kind of feel, try the .500" nickel hand slide (T00NLW) with the smaller 7.5" lightweight bell (7YLW)

The Components

Hand Slides

T00LW - Standard slide in brass with a nickel end crook

T00NLW - Standard slide in all nickel

Tuning Slides

The standard tuning slide is the SY 1.5, a newer design—improved intonation and response/feel characteristic of classic small-bore instruments—the most popular small-bore tuning slide.  Others are also available by special order.

SY 1.5 MD Yellow - Michael Davis tuning slide in brass


7YLW 7.5" - Light weight bell, small diameter

7YM 8" - Medium weight bell, large diameter



Each Shires trombone includes 3 removable threaded mouthpipes in differing tapers, usually numbered, 1, 2, 3.   A 3-piece engraved balance weight is included.  Cases are available separately.


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