S. E. Shires Custom Series Tenor Hand Slide


Trombone Handslides

The slide tubing of S.E. Shires handslides is drawn in house, to precise tolerances. The slides are then carefully assembled, aligned, and stress relieved to assure the smooth, trouble-free action that has become the hallmark of S.E. Shires trombones. Handslide models are specified by letters indicating instrument type (A = alto, T = tenor, B = bass) and crook width (no indication for standard, W = wide, B = bass crook), followed by bore size in inches (second two digits only), then tube material, weight, and crook material, if non standard.

Single Bore Slides

Clear sound, can be more articulate than dual bore. Examples include:

  • T47: .547-inch (large) bore tenor handslide with tenor crook—centered sound and feel
  • TW47: .547-inch (large) bore tenor handslide with wide crook—our most popular design, combines efficient feel and response with orchestral breadth of sound—very easy to adapt to any playing situation
  • TB47: .547-inch (large) bore tenor handslide with bass crook—for players desiring an expansive sound and feel
  • T25: .525-inch (medium) bore tenor handslide
  • TW25: .525-inch (medium) bore tenor handslide with wide crook
  • B62: .562-inch bore bass handslide
  • T85: .485-inch (small) bore tenor handslide
  • T00: .500-inch(small) bore tenor handslide
  • T08: .508-inch (small) bore tenor handslide

Dual Bore Slides

Open sound and feel, require more air, and produce a larger sound compared to the upper-leg’s single bore equivalent,. The first number indicates the bore of the upper leg of the slide; the second number the lower leg. Examples include:

  • B62•78: .562-.578 bore bass handslide
  • TB47•62: .547-.562 bore tenor or small bass handslide
  • T25•47: .525-.547 bore tenor handslide
  • TW25•47: .525-.547 bore tenor handslide with wide crook
  • T08•25: .508-.525 bore tenor handslide
  • T00•08: .500-.508 bore tenor handslide
  • T85•95: .485-.495 bore tenor handslide
  • A85•95: .485-.495 bore alto handslide with tuning in crook

Other Options

Slides with no additional markings are standard weight, with yellow-brass tubes, nickel-silver sleeves, and a nickel-silver crook. Other options are available:

  • LW: Lightweight—no sleeves—quicker response, more open, brilliant sound
  • N: Nickel-silver outer tubes—brilliant, articulate sound
  • G: Gold-brass outer tubes—warm sound, rounded articulations)
  • YC: Yellow-brass crook—warmer, rounder sound and articulations

For example: TB47NLW denotes a Tenor handslide with Bass (nickel silver)crook, .547-inch bore, and outer tubes made of Nickel-silver with no sleeves (i.e., lightweight)


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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 Hopedale, 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 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 that gives them the 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.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 x 32 x 10 in

TW47, TB47, TW47LW, T47, T25-T47, T47YC, TB47NLW, TW25-T47, TW47YC


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