S.E. Shires and Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen Destino III (TRDOC)

"Today I played a trumpet that is absolutely the best trumpet I have played on in my entire life. This trumpet is not to be believed.  You have to try it.  As I always say, you have to blow it to know it. I truly love this horn and it loves me back. I feel that if I am willing to practice there is no limit to what I can accomplish on this trumpet."

Doc Severinsen

Photo Mark Wood

The premier S.E. Shires B-flat trumpet, the Destino III has developed through a close collaboration between Doc Severinsen and the craftsmen of S. E. Shires over several years. The Destino III includes several specific design elements not found on other S.E. Shires trumpets. As might be expected, it works outstandingly for jazz and for commercial/popular music. It has also become popular among discriminating classical trumpet players, who find it useful for everything from solo literature to large orchestral works.

Doc Severinsen has poured a lifetime of experience, and countless hours of experimentation, research, and development at the S.E. Shires factory into achieving the incredible balance of components that make up the Destino III. The custom leadpipe and un-braced, semi-round tuning slide provide an open—but efficient—blow, "right down center." They balance the standard-weight Doc bell taper perfectly. Nickel-silver balusters add brilliance and character to the sound. Narrow bracing contributes to the instrument's superlative response, cleanness, and ease of attack. Powerful and full in the upper and middle registers, this instrument also boasts a suprisingly beefy low register. And despite its potential for power, the Destino III's lightweight front end and efficient venturi make it capable of incredible delicacy. The Doc Severinsen Destino III unlocks an unbelievably broad spectrum of nuance and color for any player.

Doc Severinsen Destino III (TRDOC)
• .459"-bore, two-piece, lightweight valve cluster with nickel-silver balusters
• Custom, standard-weight Doc Severinsen bell-flare taper, one-piece, yellow brass, French bead, 4.75" diameter
• Narrow Z-bracing between the bell and valve cluster, the valve cluster and the leadpipe
• DOC leadpipe—efficient and projecting, yet remarkably open and flexible, .345" venturi
• Semi-round tuning slide with heavy crook, no brace
• Harmonic balancer—special 1st valve slide weight
• 3rd-valve slide water key
• Destino III custom engraving

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