Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony
"Steve Shires builds trumpets for me because he is one of the very few makers who truly custom makes premium instruments around my specific preferences in sound and playability"
Bb - ASE / W07
C - 5SE / W9
Eb - 6MS8
Triton Brass Quintet / Boston Freelancer
"My Shires trumpet is the cleanest, most brilliant, most in-tune trumpet I've every played. The response I can get from the instrument is phenomenal, and the pitch is so even and consistent that it's actually a little unnerving how easy it is after a lifetime of playing other horns."
Bb - A
C - 4S / W9
U.S. Coast Guard Band
C - 4F
International Performing Artist and Clinician
"With a wide range of musical demands, I need instruments that are extremely versatile. I have never played a trumpet with as much potential for expressive color and depth of tone as the Shires. The sound is deeply personal, it's like adding another dimension to your timbral palette. Steve, as well as everyone I encountered at the factory, exhibits an unyielding attitude towards excellence."
Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Auburn University
"Shires Trumpets offer more depth and variety in color than any other trumpet I have played in my career. The response and ease this instrument plays with has a great balance and makes for an extremely competitive alternative to the mainstream trumpet brands. Thank you for raising the bar of what a trumpet can and should sound like!"
Professor, Boston University / International Soloist
"“I needed a C trumpet that would allow me to play the most challenging solo repertoire with the greatest physical ease so I could just make music. The staff at Shires wouldn’t rest until we’d found the best solution, with no compromise in sound quality or intonation. Everything I asked for they were able to deliver; I’d recommend Shires Trumpets to anyone!” "
B.B. King All-Stars and freelancing artist
Bb: Custom BRLWF 5”
I love playing my Shires trumpet for it’s versatility. In one week I can go from playing top 40, blues, small jazz quintet to even a fiery salsa gig and my Shires trumpet responds with excellent tone quality and precision. I couldn’t be happier to play Shires.
New York Freelance Artist
""I am pretty much speechless! Beautiful complex sound with characteristics of the great trumpets of the past. Great valves, pitch, response and a sound that flows with liquidity. Along with this comes a staff that is eager to work with players until they are satisfied."
Bb - CMW
Associate professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
“The AZS8 b-flat trumpet is a perfect fit for me thanks to its versatility, ease of playing, brilliant sound and crisp attack. Shires offers a broad range of fully-customizable trumpets, backed up by meticulous craftsmanship and excellent staff. This allows every trumpeter to find exactly what works for them.”
Professor of Trumpet / University of North Texas
C - 4F
Trumpet soloist and clinician, Director of Jazz Studies, California State Univ., Long Beach, President, California Alliance for Jazz
"My S.E. Shires trumpet slots smoothly and accurately, plays in tune, and allows me to color my sound to suit the music I'm performing. If you've settled for a trumpet that blows freely, but at the expense of your nice tone, you need to try Shires!"
New York Freelance
"I wish I would have had this horn 20 years ago. It has a big, rich, vibrant sound and versatility, as well as an easy blow."
Bb - Custom BLW
New York Freelance
Bb - CLW / Z00
Principal Trumpet, Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich
"Many thanks to Steve Shires for this amazing trumpet he built for me! I need, for my orchestral and also soloist jobs, an all-around instrument. The model 4F was for me the right choice. Very full and rich sound. Perfect intonation and precision of attack. The french bead gives great security and helps me to play with ease!"
Assistant Principal Trumpet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
C Trumpet: Model 502
" With my Shires 502 I have finally found a horn that projects every nuance that I hear inside. It is the most versatile instrument that I have ever played. From the loudest to the softest dynamics,and the brightest to the darkest colors, this horn allows me to be myself. It blends when I play in the section and projects when I play on top of the section. This horn delivers!"
Principal Trumpet, New Mexico Philharmonic / Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Bb - AHW
C - 401
"It's easy to play with confidence when you know you're playing the very best! And the Shires trumpets are, without a doubt, the best trumpets I have ever played. The depth to the sound and resonance is unparalleled and the ease of response and intonation unequaled. Thank you, Steve!"
Cabrillo Latin Jazz Ensemble / Pleasure Point Brass
"After deciding to purchase a new trumpet I tried five or six horns and it came down to the other guy's and the Shires trumpet. I reluctantly went with the other guy's, but after a few weeks went back to the store and got the Shires trumpet after all. My trumpet playing has taken on a whole new dimension and I haven't looked back since."
Bb - CLW
Bb- Destino III
Associate Professor of Trumpet, University of Arkansas
"I enjoy the range of harmonic color, flexibility, and consistency in all registers that my Shires trumpets provide for me. In my work performing and teaching, my Shires trumpets help me execute and express the music to it's fullest."
Lead Trumpet, Afro-Cuban All-Stars
"Shires trumpets are extremely easy to play. The sound is full of resonance and colors. Every note has a perfect slot on the instrument. It allows me to control my sound and execute effortlessly without limiting my playing in any way. I think it has made me a better player. These are the best trumpets I’ve ever played!"
Bb - CLWG5 / Y
Walt Disney World / Brian Setzer Orchestra / Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
"The horn feels special holding it in my hands, and when I play it, I know it was made with pride. I love this horn because it has a beautiful centered sound. There is an ease of playing I have not experienced before."
International Trumpet Legend
"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."
Instructor of Trumpet, University of Delaware and West Chester University of Pennsylvania
"It is always a pleasure to work with Steve, Sam, Geoff, and everyone at Shires. They make the process of finding just the right horn to suit each individual player painless and simple. Performing on their trumpets is a pleasure and makes my job of making music that much more enjoyable."
Bb - AF
C - 5F / LAYB
University of Texas El Paso, Trumpet Professor
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH) / Cincinnati area freelance
Bb- Model AZ
C- Model 401
"The first thing that drew me to Shires trumpets was the immediacy of the response. I've never played a trumpet that responded so quickly. The smallest amount of effort produces a very lively, rich sound. The fact that the sound has an amazing balance of brilliance and warmth, and the intonation is better than anything else I've played makes them impossible to beat! Over the past couple of years, everything from Mahler to Bach has been easier for me to play on these trumpets!"