Shires Model 401 C Trumpet


 The S.E. Shires Model 401 trumpet is the latest version of its original signature C trumpet. It features a uniquely balanced heavyweight “4” bell taper, which combines a big, powerful sound with easy response. The bell of the 401 differs from the 4F in that it is bent slightly shorter resulting in a different Z-brace placement. For some players, this can soldify the feel and can quicken response. Matched with the open 401 leadpipe and the centered and projecting WF tuning slide, it produces an ideal balance of breadth, clarity, depth and projection. Yellow-brass balusters add warmth to the sound while nickel-silver valve caps add brilliance and character, increase its core, and contribute to cleanness and immediacy of attack. The Model 401 is an incredible orchestral C trumpet.


• Key: C

• Bore: .462 inch

• 401 Bell: 4 13/16-inch, one-piece, hand-hammered, "4" (open) taper in balanced heavyweight yellow brass, with traditionally brazed seam, round bend, side seam, and brass bead

• 401 Leadpipe: .351-inch venturi, standard-weight yellow brass; open and free-blowing, with easy response

• WF Tuning slide: dual-radius bend, flanged braces, standard water key; centered core, brilliance, and presence of sound

• Piston material: hand-lapped Monel

• Valve cluster: two-piece casings, standard weight, with yellow-brass balusters

• Lower valve caps: nickel silver • Bell engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark, model designation, and traditional floral pattern


  • Item #: Shires 401

Shires Model 401 C Trumpet

Price: $3,795.00
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