We are excited to visit our good friends, Joy Brass, in Tokyo, Japan for the 5th year in a row!
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.
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!
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.
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
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:
175+ Bob Reeves Mouthpieces, including complete lines of 692s, 2, 69, 692 series mouthpieces and popular 692sL and ‘s’ series mouthpieces
We 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
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
Phil 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.
Phil 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.
Phil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”