Japan Visit

I had the pleasure of visiting our Japanese distributor, Shires Co., during my recent vacation to Tokyo. Sanada-san (left) is the owner, and his store is a brass players’ dream with new and vintage trumpets and trombones lining the walls in beautiful displays. Nakagawa-san (second from the left) and Kazutaka-san (right) are trumpet experts and provide the highest level of service to their customers.

My wife and I had a great time visiting the shop and enjoyed some amazing sushi and Fugu, which at the time, we did not know it was the famous blowfish.

I was also lucky to see some customers that have done work with Bob Reeves and myself before. Mukaide-san is a professional trumpet player at Tokyo DisneySea. We did a valve alignment on his vintage Calicchio during our last visit in 2006. He is the leader of a band that plays regularly in the park. He sounded great, and was nice enough to pose for a picture with me!

If you find yourself in Tokyo, please by all means drop by their shop and try out some horns and maybe even a Bob Reeves Mouthpiece or two!

Bud Brisbois Story

Bud Brisbois's Original Mouthpiece
Bud Brisbois’s Original Mouthpiece left at our shop in 1978.

Bud was a long time friend and customer of mine. I had done some work for him before, including aligning his Holton Bb trumpet #516449, when in 1978 he visited my shop.

When I asked Bud what I could do for him he said, “I want you to make a new and improved Bob Reeves’ version of my Herrick mouthpiece.”

“You got it!” I replied.

He was playing a custom Burt Herrick piece (pictured left) that I had altered the shank on before. It was a completely custom mouthpiece – hand carved rim and cup, short length and a complex backbore.

It took me most of the morning and afternoon to get the piece done. I was able to modify the piece from the original to give him a little more sound for less work.

I had barely taken it out of the silver-plating tank when he grabbed it out of my hand and started running for the door.

“I have a session I have to get to. Thanks for the piece!” Bud said running out of the shop.

“Hey, don’t you want to take the old one with you just in case?” I yelled out, chasing after him with his old Burt Herrick piece in my hand. I couldn’t believe he would show up to a studio session with a new, untested piece.

“What the hell do I need that old thing for…yours is better isn’t it?”

I stood there speechless.

The session ended up being one of his best recordings with Henry Mancini. He never came back for his old piece, where it has been sitting in the same drawer for 30 years.

Mouthpiece Comparison Tool

For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, our Mouthpiece Advisor has been an invaluable tool for trumpet players switching over to the Bob Reeves’ mouthpiece line.

We have hundreds of mouthpiece makes and models in our database, from the complete Vincent Bach mouthpiece line, to Schilke, Monette, and GR mouthpieces.

Here is a partial list of the mouthpiece makers we have listed:

  • Bach
  • Bob Reeves
  • GR
  • Greg Black
  • Kanstul
  • Laskey
  • Marcinkiewicz
  • Monette
  • Purviance
  • Schilke
  • Stork
  • Warburton
  • Yamaha

If you can’t find your particular make and model, look for a comparable model from another manufacturer to see if that is listed. If there is nothing close, give us a call and we can assist you.

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