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Thread: FS: S.E. Shires Custom Series "Solo" Euphonium

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    Thumbs up FS: S.E. Shires Custom Series "Solo" Euphonium

    Hi everyone. I normally stay away from posting horns I have in my shop on here, but this is a rare bird, so I'd like to get the info out to as many people as possible.


    I have a brand new Shires "Solo" euphonium from their custom series available at Paige's Music in Indianapolis.


    This is from the S.E. Shires Custom Series of instruments, made 100 percent in Boston, Mass. (technically right outside Boston, but that's not as fun to say!). I personally own one, and it's the only horn I would've given up my Adams for. New orders for Custom Series instruments currently have a minimum 12-month wait.


    Specs, with some of my own notes in parentheses:


    Bore: .591"/.669"
    Bell: 12-inch, two-piece, hand-hammered in standard-weight yellow brass with unsoldered bead and special annealing treatment (A note on this: what Shires calls "standard" weight is between "medium" and "heavy," so this is a heavier bell than the Q40. I'm not 100 percent sure what the exact process is with the annealing treatment, but it's also a feature of their Joseph Alessi model trombone.)
    Leadpipe: Seamed gold (sheet) brass, nickel receiver (from what I understand AND observe, this is a big part of what separates this horn from the other model in the Custom Series. Softens up the slotting and "harshness" of the horn a bit. Really sweetens it up!)
    Pistons: Stainless steel
    Mouthpiece Receiver: Modular. Several options available from Shires in both medium and large shank with varying gaps. This horn comes with the standard gap large-shank receiver. (If desired, I can throw in my own medium shank one as well, since I don't use it.)
    Finish: Silver




    Comes with a Shires-branded Marcus Bonna Case, Shires 5D (51D equivalent) mouthpiece, and whatever lubricants you prefer that I have on hand.


    Serial is #114 (the 14th of this model produced!)


    Price is $9,145 plus tax and CONUS shipping. (Both depend on your state.)


    I am happy to answer any questions you might have! Reply here, private message me, or contact me directly through Paige's (skissane at paigesmusic dot com, OR call my direct line at 317 ~ 813 ~ 2432).


    If you want to hear me flap my gums about the horn a bit more, here's a video I made for the shop last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-o3N_r4GB4
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    Last edited by spkissane; 07-19-2023 at 11:11 AM.
    Sean Kissane
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    Principal Euphonium, Indianapolis Brass Choir
    Principal Euphonium, Crossroads Brass Band

    Equipment:
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    Warburton Gail Robertson mpc

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    Are you sure you that video link is correct? The link is for the Shires Bravo non-comp version.
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    Ah, thanks for looking out! Fixing that now.
    Sean Kissane
    Low Brass Specialist, Paige's Music
    Principal Euphonium, Indianapolis Brass Choir
    Principal Euphonium, Crossroads Brass Band

    Equipment:
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    Warburton Gail Robertson mpc

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    Hi Sean, the Shires Solo is a rare euphobird indeed

    So much so that while many of us would love to listen to some good examples of its character, there is little or almost nothing in terms of available youtube recordings featuring it.

    It would be great if you could remediate this euphonological dirth, and record a good clip featuring Solo driven through its musical prowess.... Different genres, ranging from the melodic to the technical, and from its high range to the bottom of the nether region.

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    I find it interesting that Shires artists like Bente choose to play the Q41 when the SOLO is an option.

    Would be like Steve Mead playing the BE767.
    Last edited by iMav; 07-22-2023 at 05:17 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guidocorona View Post
    It would be great if you could remediate this euphonological dirth, and record a good clip featuring Solo driven through its musical prowess.... Different genres, ranging from the melodic to the technical, and from its high range to the bottom of the nether region.
    I will work on getting someone better equipped for that task than I and post videos if/when I can!

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    Thank you so much Sean... Very much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    I find it interesting that Shires artists like Bente choose to play the Q41 when the SOLO is an option.

    Would be like Steve Mead playing the BE767.
    Given that the SOLOs are a more recent release and it seems these are hard to come by, I’m not surprised. And she isn’t based in the US either, and International distribution always follows domestic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by euphdude View Post
    Given that the SOLOs are a more recent release and it seems these are hard to come by, I’m not surprised. And she isn’t based in the US either, and International distribution always follows domestic.
    It was my understanding she had the opp to play a SOLO. (Unless I misunderstood her.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    It was my understanding she had the opp to play a SOLO. (Unless I misunderstood her.)
    She sounds great on the Q41. It's definitely got a different feel from either of the Custom Series horns, and it's a fantastic horn as well. To me it's like picking a Sovereign over a Prestige, which several top players do.
    Sean Kissane
    Low Brass Specialist, Paige's Music
    Principal Euphonium, Indianapolis Brass Choir
    Principal Euphonium, Crossroads Brass Band

    Equipment:
    S.E. Shires EUSOLO
    Warburton Gail Robertson mpc

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