We are excited for the first day of summer here at the shop. While we love trumpets and here a lot of them, every once in a while we need to enjoy some of the other talented folks out there. Here is one of our favorite renditions of Summertime sung by Ella Fitzgerald.
This week we had some great players swing by the shop to get work done! Jeff Kaye dropped by to get a valve alignment on a beautiful old Selmer Paris Bb, and Bryan Lipps tried some mouthpieces out.
Jeff left us with a copy of his exceptional jazz CD “Just Like Me” that have been enjoying all week. My favorite cut so far is Harvey Headbanger. You can pick up a copy of his CD for yourself on Jeff’s web site at http://www.jeffkayejazz.com.
Bryan is hitting the road with Michael Buble, you can check out the tour schedule here and maybe catch one of his shows!
Thanks for visiting guys!
Here’s a fun video I found of the Canadian Brass with their original trumpet players, Fred Mills and Ronald Romm. The fidelity of the video isn’t great but in the close ups of Ronny you can make out a mouthpiece of his that we cut for sleeves (I also did valve alignments for Fred, Ron, and Chuck). Enjoy!
We’d like to give a hearty welcome to our newest dealer Temby Australia. We are excited to finally have a dealer Down Under to service our many Australian customers (and there are a lot of you!).
They have a good stock of our trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo mouthpieces and they also carry our H2Oil valve oil. You can also try our special C2J mouthpiece that gets a flugel-like sound on a standard trumpet.
Temby Australia will be exhibiting at the International Trumpet Guild 2010 Conference in Sydney in July. Contact them or check back here for more up to date ITG Conference information.
You can contact Temby Australia here:1st Floor
339 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Australia Phone – 613 9699 9099
Fax – 613 9699 9266
Toll Free 1300 729899 Australia only Web: www.temby.com
“My family’s summer RV excursion took us to fabulous locations in the Western United States. We visited National Parks such as: Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Hells Canyon, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and more. It made sense then, to complete this tour with a memorable visit to the famous Bob Reeve shop.
I had sent my horn in a couple of weeks prior to our departure for a patented valve alignment. I also had high hopes of leaving California with an arsenal of mouthpieces. You know souvenirs. The last stop of our trip was an appointment with Bob Reeves. When I arrived, my horn was ready and Bob greeted me with a smile.
His hospitality was evident in so many ways. He spent time with me and insisted that I play my new horn in his studio. He explained the process he used to align my valves and basically told me that I now had a horn that would play.
He spent a considerable amount of time with me, which I really wasnt expecting. He listened to me play, and was able to provide me with valuable feedback. He was able to hear colors in my tone and assisted me in comparing a few mouthpieces.
I first learned about Bob Reeves Mouthpieces while studying trumpet with the late Roy Cummings at the University of Washington. While Im not a professional trumpet player, I certainly benefited from Bob’s craftsmanship and instruction. My valve alignment and mouthpieces have made noticeable improvements in my playing. I will always recall with fondness my master class with the master, Bob Reeves.”
- Be early.
- Show-up at proper studio.
- Be on time.
- Keep a good attitude.
- Keep mouth shut!
- Keep feet still.
- Don’t talk!
- Mind your own business.
- Don’t complain about parking.
- Sharpen pencil.
- Fill out forms immediately.
- Set up instruments 10 minutes before downbeat.
- Pay Attention!
- Keep earphones on.
- Don’t leave earphones uncovered.
- Be Ready to play at all times.
- Keep hands down.
- Stay awake.
- Don’t make any noise!
- Be polite.
- Say hello to leader.
- Charisma at all times.
- Don’t leave the stand.
- Warm-up very softly.
- Actually tune to the given “A”.
- Mark your parts so anyone can read.
- Don’t ask questions.
- Watch leader.
- Stay mellow.
- Don’t forget mutes.
- Keep instrument in working condition.
- Always seem interested in the music.
- Don’t look ahead.
- Stop playing when leader stops.
- Never talk immediately after a “Take”!
- Never hang over at end.
- Don’t play melodies that may have been “ripped-off”.
- Try to only have enough chops for that particular job.
- Don’t correct wrong notes after the final take.
- Be congenial.
- Don’t over compliment “great performances”.
- Never point at other musicians.
- Use the “chain of command”.
- Laugh at every joke.
- Say “yes” to everything.
- Blend and balance.
- Be quiet!
- Stay in chair.
- Be budget-conscious.
- Say thanks to everyone.
- Don’t be critical of fellow musicians.
- Don’t drink booze on the job!
- No drugs!
- Talk only on 10’s!
- Do not bother contractor!
- Stay out of the booth.
- Compliment engineers.
- Stay away from producers.
- Don’t eat booth food.
- Don’t complain about air conditioner.
- Don’t complain about mix.
- Don’t expect booth improvements, decade to decade.
- Don’t “produce” from the orchestra.
- Don’t pack-up early.
- Don’t leave until you’re excused.
- Pick-up all reminders.
- Clean up area when finished.
- Don’t make an ass out of yourself!
- Never ever say, Who wrote this $%&^%$^!?!
I just heard from trumpet player Steve Lampert, a new user of our C2J mouthpiece. Steve was looking for the right piece to play in a small-group jazz setting. The trumpet mouthpieces that got the dark tone he wanted were too hard to play, and the smaller mouthpieces that he could get around the trumpet on were too bright and edgy.
We recommended getting a 40/C2J mouthpiece (the C2J is available in any of our rims, or you can have your rim threaded to use on it if you prefer). The C2J is a special mouthpiece that you use in a trumpet that gets a sound like a flugelhorn, without sacrificing pitch or playability.
Well, I’ve talked enough, here’s what Steve had to say about the C2J:
I love it! Thanks so much. How y’all made a piece like this that even plays in tune is a mystery to me, but it’s so much more than just that. No wonder so many swear by you 🙂 Best & thanks for all the help upfront too!
Thanks for the kind words, Steve! We’re glad you like the mouthpiece and I hope you get a mileage on it.
Be sure to check out Steve’s website at http://www.myspace.com/stevelampert, he’s got some great music on there!
We’d like to welcome to the family our newest dealer of Bob Reeves Brass mouthpieces and accessories: BAC Horn Doctor in Olathe, Kansas.
For those of you who think the only things you can find in Kansas are wheat, giant balls of twine, and the Kansas City Royals, you are missing out on the great services that BAC Horn Doctor and its founder Mike Corrigan have to offer to brass musicians.
Mike offers the type of expert knowledge and personal service that is only becoming rarer these days, especially in the musical instrument industry. It is a real pleasure to have him on board with us, and I hope you consider him the next time you need a Bob Reeves mouthpiece or any other brass service.
You can learn more about BAC Horn Doctor from their web site at http://www.drhorn.com.
We have all of the Bob Reeves Brass Dealers listed on our web site who are ready to help serve you!