Here is a little sneak peak of some of the analysis that goes on behind-the-scenes here at the shop. Studying and understanding the acoustics behind the instrument and the mouthpiece only paints part of the picture. Each model represents hundreds of hours of analysis and interacting with players to find out what makes a particular mouthpiece “magical.”
Doc Severinsen was recently in town performing with his big band so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to hear him live. It’s amazing to think that Doc and Bob Reeves go back over 40 years! We’ve made well over 100 mouthpieces and 75 valve alignments for Doc through the years.
Another great friend and customer of ours, Harry Kim, joined Bob in the audience. You can catch Harry on TV playing with his Vine Street Horn Section.
Greg Spence was recently in town doing his U.S. Mystery to Mastery Tour when he dropped by the shop for a mouthpiece consultation. We dialed in a Bob Reeves mouthpiece for Greg and he immediately took to it. In fact, as soon as he got back to Australia he used it on the APRA AMCOS Screen Music Awards show.
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.
Here is a great shot of Bob in Toronto while visiting the Canadian Brass. Bob was visiting Fred Mills and Ronnie Romm at the time in the mid 70’s. He took his travel lathe with him to do alignments and worked a number of players while he was there.
Here’s a great photo we came across of Bob Reeves drawing bells at the famous Benge trumpet factory in Burbank, California. This photo was taken in the early 1960’s when Bob worked for Benge. If you are looking for more information on Benge trumpets, Joe Lill has a wonderful web site devoted to Benge.