The Ralph Sauer Artist Trombone was developed through a close collaboration between Ralph Sauer and the craftsmen of S. E. Shires. The resulting instrument is genuinely unique and includes several specific design elements not found on any other S.E. Shires trombone. The screw-bell collar enhances projection and allows use of a flat case that fits easily into overhead compartments on smaller aircraft. A new, smaller diameter, dual-bore rotary valve is fast and lightweight, and maintains the bore’s cross-sectional area through the valve. Its dual-bore slide (.525/ .547 inch) produces a large-bore sound with a medium-bore effort, while the available .547" single-bore slide lends a more open feel. For the standard .525/547-inch handslide, leadpipes are available for both large and small shank mouthpieces.
RS Bell: 8.5 inch, one-piece construction, screw bell (removable flare), hand-hammered, in balanced lightweight red brass with traditionally brazed seam and soldered bead
Dual-bore rotary valve
TY Tuning Slide: yellow brass, drawn tubing
T25-47 Handslide: .525/.547-inch dual bore, standard weight yellow brass, nickel-silver crook
M-RS & MT-RS yellow-brass leadpipes for use with small (M) and large-shank (MT) mouthpieces
Bell Engraving: S.E. Shires makers mark and traditional floral pattern
Includes S.E. Shires detachable flare tenor trombone case, mouthpiece, and care kit