S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell

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All bells begin with a number and a letter indicating the bead (rolled end of the bell), construction, and alloy. The bell controls most of the timbre and tone of an instrument. Bell construction, alloy, weight, and treatment all contribute to the overall sound of the instrument.

All S.E. Shires bells are handcrafted in the Shires factory using traditional techniques.

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Description

Bell taper

For tenor and bass trombones, a roman numeral (I or II) may follow that letter; it specifies the shape of the bell taper. Because TI bells were the first that S.E. Shires made and have historically been the most common, that particular prefix is usually omitted:

  • SI: Small Bore 1 Taper. Standard Shires neckpipe taper.
  • SII: Small Bore 2 Taper. Broader neckpipe taper, reminiscent of vintage King instruments.
  • TI [unmarked]: Tenor 1 Taper. More compact and narrower through throat. Reminiscent of vintage Conn instruments. Tends to have a darker tone quality and more sound density. Great for players with naturally expansive sound or that want to get more sound forward.
  • TII: Tenor 2 Taper. Broader through bell throat. Reminiscent of Bach heritage. Tends to have a wider sound quality. Great for players wanting more width or more room for expression.
  • BI: Bass 1 Taper. More compact and narrower through throat. Reminiscent of vintage Conn instruments. Tends to have a darker tone quality and more sound density. Great for players with naturally expansive sound or that want to get more sound forward.
  • BII: Bass 2 Taper. Broader through bell throat. Reminiscent of Bach heritage. Tends to have a wider sound quality. Great for players wanting more width or more room for expression.

Construction and bead

Next, an Arabic numeral describes the bell construction, and whether the bead wire is soldered (odd numbers) or unsoldered (even numbers):

  • #1: Traditional two-piece bell made from a separate stem and flare that is brazed together, then spun. Two piece bells tend to have great stability and density to core of sound. Soldered bead favors pointed articulations and centered sound, more stability to the sustain of tone.
  • #2: Traditional two-piece bell made from a separate stem and flare that is brazed together, then spun. Two piece bells tend to have great stability and density to core of sound. Unsoldered bead favors broad, wider, and more diffuse sound and softer, more covered articulations.
  • #5: Traditional one-piece bell made from a single sheet of brass with a continuous brazed seam running down the bell. One piece bells typically have more flexibility. Soldered bead favors pointed articulations and centered sound, more stability to the sustain of tone.
  • #7: Modified two0piece construction made to combine the best playing characteristics of both one-piece and two-piece bells. Soldered bead favors pointed articulations and centered sound, more stability to sustain the tone.
  • #8: Modified two-piece construction made to combine the best playing characteristics of both one-piece and two-piece bells. Unsoldered bead favors broad, wider, and more diffuse sound and softer, more covered articulations.

Bell material

After the construction, the bell material is indicated:

  • Y-Yellow Brass: 70% Copper, 30% Zinc. Clear, pure sound with strong fundamental. Keeps a very consistent tone color and overtone structure throughout the range of dynamics.
  • G-Gold Brass: 85% Copper, 15% Zinc. Combines many of the characteristics of yellow and red brass for a very balanced and flexible sound.
  • R-Red Brass: 90% Copper, 10% Zinc. Warm, rich sound with complex overtones. Allows for a wide range of colors at different dynamics.
  • D-Deutch: Custom alloy blend between yellow brass and gold brass. Combines characteristics of yellow and gold brass for balanced and warm sound.
  • SS-Sterling Silver: 92.5% Sterling Silver, 7.5% Copper. Very clear and dense. Available by special order only.
  • Dual alloys: In general, the stem alloy will control the core tone and the flare will control the quality of articulation. Example: Gold stem, yellow flare: Darker core tone with more percussive articulations. Yellow stem, gold flare: Brighter tone with a more rounded articulation.

Bell weight and other options

Other numbers and letters after the material signify a variety of options, and are sometimes combined. The most common include:

  • LW: Light Weight: Very resonant and brilliant with quick, easy response.
  • M: Medium Weight: Slightly lighter than standard.
  • HW: Heavy Weight: Holds together very well at loud dynamics. Can require more effort to play.
  • S: Steel bead wire
  • E: Annealed bell
  • F: French Bead
  • T7: A thinner beadwire, resulting in a larger feel easier the articulation.
  • T8: Standard beadwire, with combination of flexibility and firm slotting.
  • T9: A wider beadwire, resulting in a more firm slot and deliberate articulation.

Bell diameter

For orchestral tenors, the standard diameter at the end of the flare is 8.5 inches. 7.5, 7.75 and 8-inch bells are also available for tenor bells. For bass trombone bell flares, 9.5 inches is standard. 10- and 10.5-inch diameters are also available. Standard diameters (8.5 for tenor and 9.5 inches for bass) are not stamped; custom bell diameters are stamped at the end of the bell model name.

  • 7.5”: Michael Davis Small Bore
  • 7.75”-Michael Davis Plus Small Bore
  • 8.5”: Standard Tenor Trombone
  • 9.5”: Standard Bass Trombone. 10 and 10.5” are available by request.

Named bells

Certain custom bells, inspired by classic trombones of the past, are referred to by abbreviated model names that reflect their design lineage:

  • 2RVE: (Two piece, unsoldered bead, red brass) Vintage Elkhart. The 2RVE and 2RVET7 are two of our most popular bells, based on the classic Elkhart models of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.
  • TII 5YVNY and TII 5GVNY: (One piece, soldered bead) yellow or gold brass Vintage New York. Inspired by classic Mt. Vernon, NY model bells.

Examples

  • 7YLW—Orchestral tenor TI (standard) taper, modified two-piece construction, soldered bead, lightweight yellow brass, standard 8.5 inch bell flare
  • BII 1Y 10—Bass BII (broad) taper, standard two-piece construction, soldered bead, standard weight yellow brass, 10-inch diameter.

 

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 1GOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 2RVEOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 5GMOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7GLWIn stock$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7GLW8On backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7GLWD (Detachable)On backorder$1,690.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7GYMOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7GYMT7On backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7YLWIn stock$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 7YLWD (Detachable)On backorder$1,690.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 8YOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - 8YMT9On backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - ChicagoOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - Colin WilliamsOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - Ralph Sauer (Detachable)In stock$1,690.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - TII5GT8A5On backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - TII5YVNYOn backorder$1,390.00

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S.E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Trombone Bell - TII7YLWD (Detachable)On backorder$1,690.00

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 22 × 9 × 9 in
Model

1G, 2RVE, 5GM, 7GLW, 7GLW8, 7GLWD (Detachable), 7GYM, 7GYMT7, 7YLW, 7YLWD (Detachable), 7YM, 8Y, 8YMT9, TII5GT8A5, TII5YVNY, TII7YLWD (Detachable), Chicago, Colin Williams, Ralph Sauer (Detachable)

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