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Shires Trombones

If you’re in the market for a superbly handcrafted trombone, I strongly urge you to visit Steve Shires’ shop in Hopedale, Mass., about an hour southwest of Boston. He offers a tremendous variety of options to choose from: two (soon to be three) types of valves; bells in yellow, gold and red brass, leaded or unleaded, light, medium or heavy weight; various leadpipes; and two styles of slides-large crook or small crook (also offering yellow, gold or red brass), standard or lightweight. He even has a line of mouthpieces.

Shires is dedicated to quality and consistency in his instruments. Unlike some other manufacturers, he claims that you could select any two bells, for instance, with the same makeup and specifications, and they will play the same. I performed this test with two gold-brass, unsoldered bells and they did play essentially the same.

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