Announcing: The S.E. Shires Q Series!

Extra Extra, read all about it!  S.E. Shires is adding a new line of instruments to the family!  

“We understand not every musician may be ready for a Shires custom instrument or may find those costs prohibitive, so the development of the Q Series with Eastman allows the best aspects of our custom instruments to be at a very affordable price; certainly worthy of the Shires name.” – Steve Shires

When you purchase a Q Series instrument you join the S. E. Shires family, a family that includes some of the finest professional musicians in the world.  The Q Series line of instruments represent the philosophy of Eastman to produce the finest musical instruments at every price point and embody the reputation of Shires: to produce the highest quality hand crafted instruments for every player.

How do we do it?  It’s international commerce at its finest.  S.E. Shires fabricates the Q parts in Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA, then ships the parts to the Eastman factory in China where they are assembled, and then the instrument is sent back to Shires.  The final finishes, quality checks and play-tests are  then done in Hopedale before shipping to dealers.  And that’s how you get a custom quality trombone/trumpet at a moderate price!

And the best part?  Q Series Instruments are compatible with S.E. Shires Custom Instruments!  So that means that you can purchase a Q Series trombone and purchase additional Shires Custom components over time if you would like to upgrade or change your specifications!

The Q Series instruments are set for a Fall 2016 release and will be available at S.E. Shires Authorized Q Series Dealers.

Q Series Model Tenor and Bass Trombone

  • Large-Bore Tenor Trombones – TBQ30YR, TBQ30GR, TBQ30YA, TBQ30GA
  • F/Gb Rotary Valve Bass Trombone – TBQ36YR and TBQ36GR

The Q Series Model Tenor Trombone is available with the following options:

  • Choice of Valve
    • Rotary Valve – fast response, short lever throw, lighter weight
    • Axial Valve – free blowing with an even feel between Bb and F
  • Choice of Bell
    • The yellow brass bell offers the best projection and stability.  Its tone is similar at all dynamic levels.
    • The gold brass bell has a warmer, broader tone, with more malleability.

The Q Series Model Bass Trombone features your choice of yellow or gold brass bell with a rotary valve.

The Q Series Model Bb Trumpet

  • Bb Trumpet-TRQ10S

The Q Series Model Trumpet features the following:

  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: .459 inch
  • Q10 bell: 4 13/16″, one-piece, hand-hammered “Q” (centered) taper in yellow brass with round brass bead
  • Q05 leadpipe: .347″ venturi, heavyweight yellow brass; open and free blowing with well-defined slots and easy response
  • QW tuning slide
  • Piston material: hand-lapped Monel
  • Valve cluster: two-piece casings, standard weight, with nickel balusters
  • Top valve caps: Nickel Silver
  • Lower valve caps: Nickel Silver
  • Bell engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark and model designation
  • Finish: silver plate

All Q Series instruments come complete with a case, S.E. Shires mouthpiece, and care & cleaning kit.  It is our goal to provide musicians of all backgrounds with an instrument that fits their needs at a comfortable price point.

Visit our website or one of our many S.E. Shires dealers to find out more about the Q Series and where you can purchase one of these instruments!

 

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What does a tour at Shires look like?

 

 

It’s an exciting process… turning raw materials into a beautifully hand crafted instrument.  We’ve been perfecting our process for over twenty years and we’re proud of the work that we do, the skilled craftsmen and craftswomen that choose to be a part of our team, and our desire to continually strive to create an instrument that our customers will cherish.

Maybe you’ve had the chance to visit us in person: you made an appointment to come and have a custom trombone or trumpet fitting with one of our experts.  You’ve toured the shop, you’ve seen Steve Shires spin a bass trombone bell, you’ve seen our team building a trumpet right in front of your eyes.

Maybe you’ve watched one of the TV segments we’ve been featured on in the past few years.  Discovery Channel and Science Channel have both come to us directly to document the process…How Its Made-Trombones       How Does a Photo Copier Become a Trumpet?

But maybe you haven’t had the chance to really see the inside of a custom brass factory.  The whirring machines, the determined look on our craftsmen’s faces as they solder and assemble a delicate part of an instrument, the giant rolls of brass that will be sculpted into your future alto trombone bell.

We pride ourselves on designing and creating custom brass instruments that give musicians more than just a tool to use for music making.  Our handcrafted approach to instrument building combines the highest standards of modern manufacturing with the practices of old world craftsmanship to create a unique and handcrafted instrument that is  built just for you.

We fabricate, assemble, and finish every instrument onsite in our Massachusetts factory because we know that every stage of building affects the way that an instrument plays.  The taper and weight of the bell, the alloy of the metal, the shape of the valve ports and the size of the bead wire…and hundreds of other considerations. By controlling these processes in house, we gain an intimate knowledge and mastery over every facet of our instruments.

Tours are always available if you’re in Massachusetts and you’d like to see the factory for yourself.  We’re proud of what we do and we love to share that with our brass playing friends!

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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!