The S.E. Shires developed the Model 5F in conjunction with Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It features a special "5" bell taper with a slightly squarer bell bend, side seam, and French bead. These characteristics give its sound added complexity, cushion the blow slightly, and enhance its projection and power. The bell of the 5F is made with the traditional, longer bend to which many players are accustomed. For some players, this can open up the feel on top of the staff; for others, it improves the attack—while maintaining the centered sound of the "5" bell. Matched with a custom leadpipe and W tuning slide, it produces an ideal balance of brilliance, agility, depth and projection. Nickel-silver balusters and valve caps add brilliance and character, increase its core, and contribute to cleanness and immediacy of attack.
- Bore: .462 inch
- 5F Bell: 4 13⁄16 inch, one-piece, hand-hammered, longer "5" (centered) taper standard-weight yellow brass with traditionally brazed seam, French (flat) bead, side seam, and dual-radius bell bend
- WEC Leadpipe: standard-weight yellow brass—open and free-blowing, with easy response and a flexible slot
- W Tuning Slide: dual-radius bend, standard water key—strong core, brilliance, and presence of sound
- Piston Material: hand-lapped Monel
- Valve Cluster: two-piece casings, standard weight, with nickel-silver balusters
- Lower Valve Caps: nickel silver
- Bell Engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark, model designation, and traditional floral pattern
- Finish: silver plate
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