Category Archives: Shop News

2017 Holiday Schedule

The shop will be closed in recognition of the following national holidays:

  • Monday, January 2 – New Years Day
  • Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Day
  • Monday, February 20 – Presidents’ Day
  • Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 9 – Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 10 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24 – Thanksgiving
  • Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1, 2018 – Christmas Break

Video: Trumpet Mouthpiece In The Making

A lot of work goes into making every Bob Reeves Brass trumpet mouthpiece. Even our stock mouthpieces take from 45 minutes to an hour to make, and that is after the blank is made on our CNC Lathe.

You can see how an underpart blank is made in our previous blog post here.

Below is a time-lapse video we took that shows how many steps are involved in making a Bob Reeves mouthpiece.


Bob Reeves Brass Japan Visit – 2016

We are excited to visit our good friends, Joy Brass, in Tokyo, Japan for the 5th year in a row!

Bob Reeves Waiting for a Train in Japan
Bob Reeves waiting for a Train in Japan

From September 10th to the 19th Bob, John, and Brett will be in Japan to do valve alignments, consultation, and presentations. Noah Gladstone from The Brass Ark will be on hand for consultations and a presentation of our new small bore line of trombone mouthpieces.joybrass

Click here to read Joybrass’s blog post about our visit here.

If you would like to schedule a consultation or valve alignment, please contact Joybrass at or via phone at 03-5480-2468.

Michael Sachs — The Other Side of the Bell: Episode #40

Episode #40 — Michael Sachs


Welcome to the show notes for Episode #40 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs.

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This podcast is brought to you by Bob Reeves Brass. 

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2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference – Anaheim, CA


We are excited to be heading down the road to Anaheim, CA for this year’s International Trumpet Guild Conference! The conference runs from May 31st to June 4th, and will be full of great performances, clinics, and lectures. We will have a huge selection of mouthpieces and accessories, you can get a valve alignment done on your instrument, and try a selection of fine Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns. We are excited that we will also have a selection of Charley Davis trumpets as well as original art and prints by artist Phil Jordan.

Be sure to swing by the Bob Reeves Brass booth in the main hall to meet Bob, Brett, Mike, and John!

Valve alignment

How far out are your valves?
How far out are your valves?

Have you always wanted a Bob Reeves Patented Valve Alignment but don’t want to ship your trumpet to our shop? You’re in luck because we’ll be doing alignments at the ITG Conference. Just drop your horn off at our booth and you can pick it up the next day! A few same day appointments are available.

If you’re not sure you need an alignment, you can bring your trumpet by our booth and we will be happy to measure it to show you how far out of alignment it is, free of charge.

We will be having a valve alignment special at the show, discounting from our normal price by $25! We are only doing a limited number of alignments and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Your Valve Alignment Early and Save $45!

If you book your alignment and prepay for it now, you will save an additional $25 for a total savings of $45. Just click the button below and checkout using our secure online shopping cart. If for some reason you will be unable to be at the ITG Conference, the credit from your pre-order can be used for any future work at our shop.


Trumpet Consultations

Bob Reeves Consulting with a Customer
Bob Reeves consulting with a customer at a previous ITG conference

Our staff will be available during the entire conference for mouthpiece and equipment consultation. For those players who live far away from LA, this is a great opportunity to meet Bob Reeves and garner some of his knowledge and stories! Brett, Mike, and John will also be available during the show for equipment consultations (although their stories are not nearly as entertaining as Bob’s!).

Mouthpieces, mouthpieces, and more mouthpieces

350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference
350 Trumpet Mouthpieces at the ITG Conference

If you’ve never visited our booth at a trade show before, you are in for a real treat. We bring everything but the kitchen sink. Here’s a partial list of stuff we will have for you to try (and buy!) at the show:

Other Fun Stuff

Besides the vast mouthpiece selection, we will have the following accessories and products on display:

Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns

Van Laar Oiram II Bb TrumpetWe will have an assortment of Van Laar Trumpets and Flugelhorns available for purchase at the show. Along with our own inventory, Van Laar will have over 30 instruments available to purchase through us.

We will be bringing:

  • BR2 Bb Trumpet
  • B3 Bb Trumpet
  • B4 Bb Trumpet
  • B5 Bb Trumpet
  • B7 Bb Trumpet
  • Chuck Findley Signature Bb Trumpet
  • Oiram V-Flow Bb Trumpet
  • B1 Flugelhorn
  • B3 Flugelhorn
  • B6 Flugelhorn
  • Oiram Ack Flugelhorn

Charley Davis Trumpet

Charley Davis has been one of the top-call studio players in Los Angeles for decades and developed the successful Charles Davis line of trumpet mutes. After years of trying to find a horn that played like his he decided that perhaps he should just make one. There are currently four models being offered, the 1S-2, 1S-7, 1S-9 based on vintage Calicchio Hollywood designs and his own signature model based on his sterling silver 37.

Art by Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan maintains an extensive and unique background in
the areas of fine art, graphic design, illustration, education and

fatsPhil has been creating fine art and graphic design twenty­plus
years and he has developed a portfolio of unique variety. His
expertise includes composition and design, freehand and
digital illustration, painting and fine art. In 2002, Phil created his
most memorable, commercial illustration work for the world
famous KROQ, Kevin and Bean Acoustic Christmas, Fo
Shizzle St Nizzle CD. He is currently working on his first book,
The Art of Composition.

Phil has also played trumpet for Orange County’s highly
successful pop artists, No Doubt and the Offspring. With No
Doubt, you can hear his trumpet sound on Tragic Kingdom,
The Beacon Street Collection and on Cellophane Boy, a B-
Side recording featured on the Simple Kind of Life single. You
can also hear his trumpet­sound on the Offspring, Americana
and Splinter CDs. In 2004, he earned a grammy award for
playing on Toots and the Maytals, best reggae recording,True
Love. Other highlights in his music career include playing on
American Idol’s Kimberley Locke, Eighth Wonder of the World,
CD. Phil continues to practice trumpet daily and record with
many artists. His latest project will feature his horn
arrangements and trumpet playing with the San Diego folk/pop
group, Sara Petite.To hear his own compositions, check out his
CD, 8 Lanes Wide, on youtube.

miles 03Phil earned his BM in trumpet performance from CSULB. He
has also completed two master’s degrees; an MM in music
composition from CSULA and a MAEd, in educational
leadership. Phil is currently a credentialed K­12 music teacher,
working for the Garden Grove unified school district.

witch_huntPhil continues to freelance out of his home studio and is
always available for a wide variety of fine art, graphic design
and music projects. He adores the Holy Trinity, loves playing
trumpet, guitar, writing songs, singing, painting, drawing,
reading, philosophy, teaching, surfing, skate–boarding,
hanging out with friends and most of all, spending time with his
awesome kids, Megan, Morgan and Miles.

Playing Taps in the Cold

We received this moving picture from our customer Murray Gordon, who is often requested to play Taps to honor our service members who have passed away. Murray told that during the winter months the temperature dips well below freezing, making an already difficult performance even harder. To help with the cold he uses our Classical Series mouthpiece with a Delrin plastic rim.

Making a Reeves Trumpet Mouthpiece Underpart Blank

Reeves Trumpet Mouthpiece Underpart Blanks

In the old days, Bob Reeves used to shut down the shop for 6 to 8 weeks in order to make his mouthpiece blanks for the year. That meant nothing shipped, the doors were locked and the phones went straight to the answering machine (once those were invented).

Today, we use our CNC lathe to crank out trumpet mouthpiece underparts, all threaded and ready to be turned into mouthpieces, every 90 seconds. That means we can make a good supply of them in a week and mostly unattended. Someone has to throw a 6-foot rod of brass into the bar feeder every hour or so.

Here is our CNC doing its magic:

Fabio Bau Visits From Italy

Fabio Bau – Italian Trumpet Player Visits

You never know what each day will bring at Bob Reeves Brass. Last week professional trumpet player Fabio Bau was in town and decided to swing by the shop.

Fabio had us perform a valve alignment on his Yamaha Bb trumpet and was shocked by the results. We then consulted on mouthpieces and he ended up altering the shank on his Bach mouthpiece for classical work and picked up a Bob Reeves 42/S for his commercial work.

Be sure to watch for Fabio on Italian TV…he might be wearing his Bob Reeves Brass polo shirt!

Jazz Trumpet Player Steve Huffsteter Visits The Shop

Our long time friend and jazz legend here in Los Angeles, Steve Huffsteter,  visited the shop in preparation for his 80th birthday big band celebration at Catalina’s last week.