S.E. Shires 4S8 Custom C Trumpet


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The S.E. Shires Model 4S8 C Trumpet is an incredibly balanced trumpet, perfect for orchestral playing. This trumpet features our “4” bell with a steel bead wire to create a powerful, brilliant, and complex sound that is effective in any setting. Yellow-brass balusters add warmth to the sound and an efficient .349 venturi mated with our W tuning slide gives this horn immediate and crisp clarity with a comfortable blow and accurate intonation. This instrument combines the best elements of classic New York and Mt. Vernon trumpet design with the consistency, playability, and projection that has made S.E. Shires trumpets the favorites of professionals the world over.

This pre owned trumpet is in exceptional shape. The silver finish of the instrument has slight surface scratches and the instrument itself shows no signs of previous damage throughout the body. The only small blemish worth pointing out is a small amount of silver plating loss on the second valve casing on top of the arrow shaped flange.


  • Bore: .462 inch
  • 4S8 Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one piece, hand-hammered "4" (open) taper in standard-weight yellow brass, with traditionally brazed (side) seam, steel bead, and dual-radius bell bend
  • WEB Leadpipe: .349-inch venturi, light-weight yellow brass—warm sound, open and free-blowing, with easy response
  • W 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