Like Going From a Volkswagen To A Porsche

We received this email the other day from trumpet player Bobby Kammer who fought snow, closed freeways, and tornado warnings (yes, this is Southern California we’re talking about!) to have us work on his set up:

Bob, Juli and Howie,
Thanks so much for all of your TLC last week. The horns and mouthpieces are GREAT! The sound is like perfectly tuning in a radio station (pure and clean) and it feels like I am playing the horn instead of the horn playing me!

It will take a couple of weeks before I’ll play with the church band, but I feel like I’ve gone from playing a Volkswagen to a Porsche.

Thanks So Much!
Bobby Kammer

Thanks for the kind words Bobby, and we may have to hire you on as our next advertising consultant. Those are some great analogies!

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John Clyman and Arnold Jacobs – 1941

My long time friend John Cvejanovich just sent me a great book of the 1941  All American Youth Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. It was found on this great Stokowski fan site in Japan.

Included in the brass section were two young giants of the brass world, John Clyman and Arnold Jacobs:

Arnold Jacobs, TubaJohn Clyman, trumpet

Back before I began making trumpet mouthpieces I actually played the trumpet and had the honor of studying with John Clyman, who was 1st trumpet with 20th Century Fox studios for 25 years.

You can see scans of the entire 1941 American Youth Orchestra Tour Book here.

Carroll Purviance Story

Carroll PurvianceI received this email the other day and thought I would share. I worked with Carroll Purviance for the last 8 years of his life and this story shows how, despite his personal conflicts, he was a master craftsman and respected by the best players worldwide. I am proud to be able to make his mouthpieces using his original tooling and also integrate his ideas into my own line of pieces.
– Bob
“Dear Bob,

I happen to be surfin’ the net the other day, and came across your web-site. Having been once a student of trumpet years ago and my best friend’s Dad was a highly respected trumpet player in the Warner Bros. orchestra from the late fifties to early sixties..(Larry Sullivan), thought I would relay this message:

We, as 12 year old boys, would often accompany Larry on brief ¬†trips to the studio in Hollywood or Glendale to have mouth pieces made. I have memories of Carroll Purviance, hunched over his lathe, maybe slightly intoxicated and weeping, talking to Larry about his life. Later, Larry would always compliment us for not laughing or acting up on the way home. He always made it clear though, that Mr. Purviance was the absolute master at what he does, no matter what his state of mind. Nice to know that his name still lingers and represents this.”

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