S.E. Shires Custom C Trumpets

All S. E. Shires trumpets feature a one piece, hand hammered bell with a traditionally brazed seam, hand-lapped Monel pistons, and of course the careful assembly and handcrafted methods that the S. E. Shires Company proudly embodies with its slogan: Quality without compromise. 

In a similar manner to our world-renowned trombones, Shires trumpets are available with a large variety of options in bells, leadpipes, tuning slides, and weights. For the very best response and projection, Shires trumpets are built in a fixed construction rather than the modular style utilized for our trombones.

Because every player is unique, S.E. Shires offers a wide variety of options, allowing the player to create a custom instrument to suite their needs. For more information, please contact our sales professionals by phone at (508) 634-6805, or email at

Bell Tapers

4 Large, powerful orchestral sound
5 Focused, brilliant sound great for all musical settings

Bell Weights and Treatments

HW Heavy Weight
MW Medium Weight
F French Bead
S Steel bead wire, like many vintage trumpets
E Annealed bell
8 Faster response, more flexible

Tuning Slides

Z square, even blow, standard on standard weight and heavy weight C trumpets.
W square, brilliance and projection without being too bright.
X square, more open than Z, with great response.
Y round, free-blowing, smooth slotting.
WL  square, Long bow, darker sound, free-blowing

square, dual bore (only available with an R1 lead-pipe)


Our leadpipes are defined by several characters stamped on the mouthpiece receiver. The first letter refers to the shape of the taper, the second character is the last digit of the venturi size. The final characters refers to the length of the leadpipe and it's weight. Our most popular options are detailed below.

Standard Length


maximum efficiency and control, excellent slotting, graduated bore (R1)- .346 venturi


free blowing, very stable, strong slotting -.349 venturi. 


more open, stable with great intonation - .351 venturi

Short Length (B)


open & flexible, more efficient than a traditional short pipe - .349 venturi.


open & flexible, large volume perfectly suited for orchestral playing - .351 venturi.


open feel but stronger slotting, slightly more resistance, graduated bore - .351 venturi

Long Leadpipes


longest pipe, exceptional intonation and slotting but offers more resistance - .349 venturi


longest pipe, great intonation and slotting with slightly more open blow - .351 venturi

Additional customizations include:

Custom finger rings or saddles
Heavy Valve caps
Custom Finger buttons (custom inlays, or flat or concave buttons)
Custom Engraving
3rd valve slide water-key
Gold Plated Trim
Brass valve stems


S.E. Shires Custom C Trumpets

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Andrew Balio
Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony

5SE / W9

"Steve Shires builds trumpets for me because he is one of the very few makers who truly custom makes premium instruments around my specific preferences in sound and playability"

Neil Balm
Co-Principal Trumpet, New York City Ballet

4SE / W7

“The Shires Bb is truly a great trumpet! It’s a versatile instrument that I can play any style of music on and excel. The quick response, sound and ease of playing this trumpet are unparalleled.”


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
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