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
Co-Principal Trumpet, New York City Ballet
"The Shires Bb is truly a great trumpet! It’s a versatile instrument that I can play any style of music on and excel. The quick response, sound and ease of playing this trumpet are unparalleled."
Bb - A
C - 4SE / W7
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
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!"
Trumpet Soloist / Educator / Clinician
"I believe that Shires Trumpets are the best trumpets I have ever played. I look forward to performing and practicing more than ever! Every aspect of the instrument seems to conform to the sound I hear in my head in every style in which I perform. Isn’t that what we all dream about!"
Bb - DFLW
C - Vince DiMartino Signature Model 5F
Eb - 6MS8 / Z02
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!” "
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
3rd Trumpet, New York City Ballet
"My Shires model 410 S8 has become my favorite C trumpet. It sounds and blows like the trumpet I've played on for years, but is easier all-around to play, with near perfect intonation."
Bb - A
C - 410
Copper Street Brass Quintet
"Without question, Shires trumpets are the most versatile horns I have ever played. Whether we are performing classical, pops, or jazz, there is only one horn I need to get the perfect sound."
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!"
Artist-in-Residence, University of Dayton
“I’ve never have played a trumpet that responded so quickly and had such a beautiful sound. Not only is the response unbelievable, but the control of the soft dynamics is unparalleled.”
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet, Texas Wesleyan University and Adjunct Instructor of Music, Tarrant County College
"I love the range of colors possible on this horn. I can go from warm, rich and lush to bright and broad all in one horn"
Bb - AF
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
"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
U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own"
"In my career I face many different challenges everyday. Shires trumpets allow me to be comfortable and confident no matter what the situation."
C - 460
Eb - 6MS8
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
Principal Trumpet, Florida Orchestra
“I think that what I'm experiencing with these instruments is something extraordinary -- in other words, I feel like screaming: These are the best damn trumpets I've ever played!”
Composer / Clinician, Dallas, TX
"Shires trumpets are some of the best on the market. Both the Bb and C trumpets play with an ease in the upper register without sacrificing sound or intonation."
Bb - BLW
C - 4S