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    Shires Solo Euph

    Not to stir the pot, but it looks like Dillon has a Shires Solo model for sale. Looks like they're hitting the "wild".

    Mike
    Mike Taylor

    Illinois Brass Band

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    "not" to stir the pot further, here is the link to the Shires Solo euphonium at Dillon

    https://www.dillonmusic.com/s-e-shir...xoCvDQQAvD_BwE


    If anyone has had the opportunity of trying out the Solo, or even better owns one of these new darlings, I'd love to read your impressions and comments.... In particular how you would contrast its playing/tonal character with its Shires Custom eupho sybling, or the slightly lower tier Q40 and Q41.

    BTW... Video clips, anyone? ... Have not found any clips/recordings of the Solo eupho this far

    Regards, Guido
    Wessex EP104 Festivo + DC4, SM4U, 51D

  3. I got to try one at TMEA back in February, it is a gorgeous sounding horn. Compared to the Q series, it has a much more open and darker tone. It is also very easy to play, my only turn off from it was it didn't feel quite right to hold with my stature! Then again at the time I was trying to move away from heavier feeling instruments so there is probably some bias there. I would say it is probably one of the better horns on the market in the high end spectrum of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayoung36 View Post
    I got to try one at TMEA back in February, it is a gorgeous sounding horn. Compared to the Q series, it has a much more open and darker tone. It is also very easy to play, my only turn off from it was it didn't feel quite right to hold with my stature! Then again at the time I was trying to move away from heavier feeling instruments so there is probably some bias there. I would say it is probably one of the better horns on the market in the high end spectrum of things.
    Do you mean ergonomics or just weight? In my experience, the Shires "feels" smaller/more compact in the hands than even an Adams E1, which is certainly a "lighter" horn. I could honestly see how someone with longer arms might not love the ergonomics of the Shires. To me, ergonomically, it compares more to a Willson than any other horn - which I always liked about Willsons - the third valve slide is set very close to the body of the instrument, so I'm actually having to adjust to how easy it is for my left hand to reach the 4th valve. I'm also finding that when I play sitting, I can't let the horn rest on my lap like I could with my Adams. Currently I'm just holding it, the way I would if I were standing, but I'm doing with the idea of a lap pad/cushion. (I'm thinking this is due to how the leadpipe is situated, which has the receiver closer to the bell than the Adams)

    BTW hope the E1 is working great!!!
    Sean

  5. The Adam’s is great! I love playing it, but yes the Shires just didn’t feel right in my arms. I have the fun issue of having super long arms and smaller hands. It makes picking an instrument a bit more complicated sometimes. The Shires horn is a gorgeous horn though and i can see why so many people love the sound already.
    Adams E1 Gold Brass Bell and SS Leadpipe
    Undergrad at Angelo State
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