S.E. Shires Custom Alto Trombone
$4,295 with rotary valve

The S.E. Shires Alto Trombone features a .485" bore, or .485"-.495" dual bore slide and a 7 inch bell available in a full range of options and alloys. The bell taper is designed for a true and flexible alto voice, with both focused clarity for the most delicate repertoire and enough breadth of sound for a large orchestra.

A unique feature of the Shires Alto Trombone is the tuning mechanism incorporated into the handslide. The fixed bell section maintains a continuous taper, which preserves familiar relationships between the partials. The tuning mechanism in the handslide is secure and easy to use, without adding a great deal of weight. Also, particular attention has been given to the length of the handslide, to allow full use of all seven positions.

The most popular options are described below.


A7YLW Type '7' light weight yellow brass, soldered bead.
Clear tone and very responsive.
A2RLW Un soldered, light weight red brass.
Warm, broad sound.
A1GM Medium weight gold brass, soldered bead.
Dense sound that projects well.


A85/95N Nickel Silver, Dual bore .485" / .495"
A85/95 Yellow Brass, Dual bore .485" / .495"
A85 Yellow Brass, .485" bore


The S. E. Shires Alto trombone is now available with our advanced rotary valve, either as a half / whole step trill valve, or as a Bb attachment.


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Jay Evans
Principal Trombone, Alabama Symphony

“The Shires Alto and Tenor Trombones have raised the bar!  The expressive qualities, tonal spectrum, and ease of playing has enabled a new level of music making."

Alto - A7GLW, Rotor, A85/95N

For more information, please contact our sales professionals
by phone at (508) 634-6805, or email at

S.E. Shires Co. Inc.
4A Spaceway Lane, Hopedale, Massachusetts 01747
(508) 634-6805 -

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