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Custom Flugelhorn Mouthpiece

Custom Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Solutions

If you are like most trumpet players your flugelhorn is more of an afterthought. It is something you have to lug around to pull out for the ballad — cold, out of tune, and using a mouthpiece that you’re not quite sure goes with the flugel. A custom flugelhorn mouthpiece can help.

One way to help make the flugelhorn easier and more fun to play is by customizing the mouthpiece. A service we often recommend is threading your trumpet rim (or a backup) and putting on your flugel mouthpiece. That way, when you make the quick switch between trumpet and flugel on the bandstand, the mouthpieces feel similar. This takes away a lot of the shock factor of playing flugelhorn.

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Jerry Hey – Larry Hall Extended William Adam Trumpet Routine

About the Trumpet Routine

Larry Hall (far right) recording a new project for Seawind.
Larry Hall (far right) recording a project for Seawind.

We have received many requests for the trumpet routine that Larry Hall and Jerry Hey practiced together at Indiana University under their trumpet professor Mr. William “Bill” Adam. Larry and Jerry were generous to spend several hours researching and compiling the exercises they practiced along with some of the modifications.

They provided some examples of how they would modify individual exercises to keep them fresh and expand how they trained their ears. Be creative and come up with your own!

This routine is not intended as a one-size-fits-all approach to the trumpet. It should be used as an informative look into their daily routine and how they expanded the exercises. Continue reading Jerry Hey – Larry Hall Extended William Adam Trumpet Routine

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #28: Doc Severinsen

Episode #28 — Doc Severinsen

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #28 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Doc Severinsen, grammy award winning band leader of The Tonight Show Big Band, solo recording artist of over 30 albums, and designer of the Severinsen Destino Trumpet by the S.E. Shires Company.

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This podcast is brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass. If you’re in the market for a new trumpet or flugelhorn, we carry Van Laar Trumpets Flugelhorns.

There are still spots left for Camp McNab, taking place this Summer July 28th – August 2nd.

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The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #26: Thomas Stevens

Episode #26 — Thomas Stevens

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #26 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Thomas Stevens, former principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 35 years.

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This podcast is brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass. Visit us at the International Trumpet Guild in Columbus, OH!

If you’re on the market for a new trumpet or flugelhorn, we carry Van Laar Trumpets Flugelhorns.

Click here to learn more about the William Adam Seminar!

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Schilke Artist Jon Faddis with Bob Reeves

One of the great things about going to trumpet conferences is meeting up with old friends and customers. At the last ITG Jon Faddis dropped by our booth to say hi. Faddis and Bob Reeves go way back to the early days of the shop when he was just a teenager.

Trumpet legend Jon Faddis at our booth today catching up with Bob Reeves.

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Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns

Van Laar Oiram II Bb TrumpetWe are excited to announce that Bob Reeves Brass now carries Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns.  These fine, handcrafted instruments are a great addition to the consultations, products, and services we already offer. With our experience in matching players to the right equipment and the exquisite horns produced by Van Laar you will be able to find the instrument that best fits your needs.

For more information on Van Laar trumpet and flugelhorns, call us at (800) 837-0980, email us at info@bobreeves.com, or visit us at the shop. Continue reading Van Laar Trumpets & Flugelhorns

The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #14: Larry Hall

Episode #14 – Larry Hall

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #14 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Los Angeles based trumpet player Larry Hall.

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The Ultimate Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Shank Guide

Flugelhorn Mouthpiece GuideDoes your flugelhorn mouthpiece wobble? Do you have problems with intonation, slotting or sound with your flugel?

If you’ve ever played a flugelhorn for more than five minutes you’ve undoubtedly run into a problem involving shanks and receivers. No mouthpiece seems to play or fit correctly and you keep hearing about a “taper” that isn’t a taper — what is going on?

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