S.E. Shires Brian Hecht “Lone Star” Model Bass Trombone with Axial Flow F/Gb Attachment


  • Lone Star Bell: 9.5-inch, two-piece, hand-hammered,  BII taper in medium weight yellow brass with traditionally brazed seam and soldered bead
  • Independent S.E. Shires F/G♭ axial-flow valves set
  • BGB Tuning Slide: B taper, drawn gold brass
  • B62-78 dual-bore Handslide: .562-.578-inch, standard-weight yellow brass; nickel silver wide crook
  • Three interchangeable yellow-brass leadpipes
  • Bell Engraving: S.E. Shires Lone Star model custom engraving
  • Includes S.E. Shires bass trombone case, mouthpiece, and care kit

The Lone Star Model bass trombone has developed over the course of a long relationship between Brian Hecht and S.E. Shires. The two-piece, medium weight yellow brass bell produces a broad, rich sound that is very balanced and flexible throughout the range of the instrument. The axial-flow valve set sounds and feels particularly broad and even–especially when both valves are engaged–allowing for a truly open low register and contributing to the instrument’s quick, easy response. This model represents the heritage of Texas musicianship at its finest!

“Hand-drawn by a Texas artist, the design incorporates a few Texas elements. You’ll find the Yellow Rose of Texas beautifully surrounded by the iconic Shires brand leafing. Above it in an Old Western font reads the words ‘Lone Star’ accompanied by the traditional ‘S.E. Shires, Boston, Massachusetts’. Atop this inscription sits two vines of ivy that can be found in nearly every wooded area of Texas, most familiar to me, found in the vast backyard of my childhood home in Dallas, TX. Finally, at the top of the design, the Lone Star of the State of Texas.”

Brian Hecht, Bass Trombone, Atlanta Symphony

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The S.E. Shires company slogan, Quality without compromise™, is more than simply a marketing tool. It is Steve Shires’ heartfelt conviction and his fundamental principle for both manufacture and design. S.E. Shires Co. builds nearly every part on its custom instruments in its Holliston, Massachusetts workshop, as it has since 1995. A member of the S.E. Shires team play-tests every instrument thoroughly before it ships. Steve’s attention to design and his keen understanding of how it affects sound and playability is unsurpassed by any other brass instrument maker. He has parallel commitments to the highest standards of modern manufacturing, which make his instruments consistent and mechanically superior, and to the old-world craftsmanship which gives them a distinctively resonant voice appreciated by players the world over.

In May, 2014, Eastman Music Company purchased the S.E. Shires Company. Based in Pomona, California, Eastman is well known for the quality and value of its broad offering of band and orchestral instruments. With the backing of Eastman, S.E. Shires has been able to increase its instrument line, production capacity, and worldwide presence, while maintaining its core commitment to quality, in-house manufacturing.

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Weight5.5 lbs
Dimensions48 × 13 × 10 in


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