Craftsmen’s Corner: Paul Chadbourne

Have you ever wondered how some of our amazing craftsmen get started with instrument building at Shires?  Paul Chadbourne works in the trombone valve finaling department, a job that requires precision, patience, and perfection. “I started in this field of making instruments by apprenticing doing brass instrument repair at Rick’s Musical Instruments in Cumberland, RI. When the apprenticeship was up I then began to do repair on the side for fellow classmates while I attended Rhode Island College to get my Music Performance degree on tuba. A year later I decided to reach out to S. E. Shires to see if they had any openings or if I could shadow anyone to learn more about repair. 

They got back reasonably quickly and offered me a part time job since I was still in school working in the buffing room. From there I then began to bounce around a lot from job to job doing everything to making trumpet pistons and  bells to building hand slides and trombone valve sections. Three years later I now am the main valve pre-fitter and also do valve section and handslide final assembly. 

Some cool projects I have been apart of building was 2 alto hand slides for Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic and two single valve bass trombones for George Curran also of the New York Philharmonic.”   Keep up the great work Paul! Trombonists all over the world are depending on you! 

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