A lot of work goes into making every Bob Reeves Brass trumpet mouthpiece. Even our stock mouthpieces take from 45 minutes to an hour to make, and that is after the blank is made on our CNC Lathe.
You can see how an underpart blank is made in our previous blog post here.
Below is a time-lapse video we took that shows how many steps are involved in making a Bob Reeves mouthpiece.
Reeves Trumpet Mouthpiece Underpart Blanks
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.
Here is our CNC doing its magic:
The other day we had the pleasure of a visit from another traveling show. The trumpet section (plus a patient trombone and sax player) from the In the Mood show stopped by our shop in between their tour dates for alignments and mouthpiece consultation. The trumpet section consists of Dan Smith (lead), Bob Garrett, and William Moore and they can really light it up!
The In the Mood show is a 1940s music review, presenting authentic arrangements and playing with that 1940s sound that is so familiar to us all. Check out this sample from their 2nd trumpet Bob Garrett’s youtube page. It doesn’t get more 40s than this!
Check out the show if it stops by a town near you!
Here’s a quick video we shot of our CNC turning a Bob Reeves trumpet mouthpiece underpart blank. Enjoy!
We are very sad to hear of the passing of trumpet player Snooky Young. It is an understatement to say that Snooky set the standard for lead trumpet players. We are fortunate to have been able to hear him perform many times through the years. Bob started doing work for Snooky back in the 70’s, and has done several alignments for him through the years.
Here is a video of Snooky that we came across that really shows his sensitive side:
We just ran across this video of Doc on The Jack Jones show in 1977. We have this in our video collection but have not had the time to digitize it, so we’re glad someone else has! One could go on and on about this video, but we’d prefer to have Doc’s playing speak for itself (BTW, he’s using the original Zinger mouthpiece on this show).