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Thread: Brief review of the Eastman and Shires Euphoniums

  1. Brief review of the Eastman and Shires Euphoniums

    The Eastman compensating and Shires Q30 were on display for testing at IET this week. I had a chance to play both, here are some impressions:

    *disclaimer - I spent 5 minutes max with each in a smaller room and just tested some very basic scales, got an initial sense of pitch, tone , and response, so these are truly just initial impressions.


    Itís been a while since Iíve played an Eastman, and I was impressed. Everything about this instrument feels solid and on par with the more expensive pro horns. The response was very good with a full, resonant tone. Iíd like to test it with a tuner in a quiet room to get a better sense of pitch, but it felt great. A huge improvement since I last played one of their instruments.


    -I can only speak for the one display model there, but this horn left a bad impression. The instrument feels very light (Iím used to a heavier Adams E2, so factor that in). However, when holding the instrument there was a distinct feeling that it lacked solidity. Nothing was loose or out of place, but for lack of a better word it felt very ďuncenteredĒ. This feeling carried over into the response, which was very inconsistent through different valve combinations. When it sings, it really sings, but the response seemed to change noticeably between pitches. There were beautiful resonating pitches, incredibly stuffy pitches, and everything in between throughout the range. The instrument is very comfortable in the hands, but has a very ďin lineĒ setup, meaning that the angle of the bell is very forward rather than angled. This isnít good or bad, but would take some getting used to. Judging by many of the positive comments Iíve seen written about this horn and given Shiresí reputation for quality, Iím almost inclined to think that this particular display instrument was just a bad apple. Iíd like to play a few other ones before making an overall judgement.

    Martin Cochran
    Adams Performing Artist

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    Thanks, Martin! That inspired me to finally get my own review finished. You can find it here:
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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