Shop Visitor – Mark Lawrence

We haven’t had a chance to update our blog in a few weeks, mostly due to the fact that we’ve had mouthpieces to make and valve alignments to do!

Trombone player Mark Lawrence with Bob Reeves
Bob Reeves with Trombonist Mark Lawrence

It was great to see our long time customer, Mark Lawrence, swing by the shop for some mouthpiece work. Mark, if you don’t know, is a fabulous trombone player, having played principal in the San Francisco Symphony for many years. He also teaches trombone at the Colburn Conservatory of Music here in L.A. It was great to see you Mark!

Many may not know that we can do custom work such as threading and alterations. If you are interested in this kind of work give us call or email!

Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter

Mouthpiece Threading

We get quite a few calls about threading rims, cups, backbores and underparts. I’d like to take the time to answer some of the many questions we get.

Why Use Screw-Rim Mouthpieces?

The trumpet mouthpiece is the connecting point between the instrument and player. Due to the unique qualities of each player’s lips, teeth, and jaw structure, choosing a rim is as personal a decision as finding a soul mate…which is why we often tell customers to “marry” a rim if it feels comfortable.

Once you find a rim that connects with you, put it on every mouthpiece you own: trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, piccolo, lead mouthpiece. When you switch from horn to horn, the adjustments necessary to switch are minimized since the mouthpiece feels the same to you.

Threading mouthpieces is a handy solution when you find a rim that feels good, but you are not satisfied with the sound or playability of the mouthpiece. This may be because the rim comes off of a piece that wasn’t designed to do what you want. For example, you like the feel of a rim off of a lead mouthpiece but you mostly play orchestral music. Instead of going on a mouthpiece safari trying rims with similar dimensions, cut it off and thread it and put it on a orchestral mouthpiece.

What We Can Do

We can thread any type of mouthpiece using any thread you would like (Reeves threads, Schilke threads, Bach threads, etc.). Most mouthpieces are threaded at the rim so that the rim can be used on different underparts – the underparts consisting of the cup, bore, backbore and shank. While not as popular, we can also thread cups and backbores similar to the Warburton style mouthpieces.

It is important to note that when we thread parts and put them together, we are able to maintain the cup depth and other important dimensions of the mouthpiece so that are results are consistent.

Customer Story

An orchestral player was in the shop last week looking to improve his setup. All of his horns have been aligned and he was going back and forth between mouthpieces because he liked the feel of one (a Monette mouthpiece) and the sound of the other (an old Bach mouthpiece). This was the perfect case where putting the parts together would solve his problem.  He ended up with a Monette rim on an old Bach underpart and left sounding even better than when he arrived.

If you have any questions about our threading or any other alterations that we do, feel free to send us an email or give us a call!

Shop Visitors!

Bob Reeves visitors Jeff Kaye and Bryan Lipps
John with trumpet players Jeff Kaye and Bryan Lipps

This week we had some great players swing by the shop to get work done! Jeff Kaye dropped by to get a valve alignment on a beautiful old Selmer Paris Bb, and Bryan Lipps tried some mouthpieces out.

Jeff left us with a copy of his exceptional jazz CD “Just Like Me” that have been enjoying all week. My favorite cut so far is Harvey Headbanger. You can pick up a copy of his CD for yourself on Jeff’s web site at http://www.jeffkayejazz.com.

Bryan is hitting the road with Michael Buble, you can check out the tour schedule here and maybe catch one of his shows!

Thanks for visiting guys!

Bob Reeves Mouthpieces Now In Australia!

Temby Australia
New Bob Reeves Dealer: Temby Australia

We’d like to give a hearty welcome to our newest dealer Temby Australia. We are excited to finally have a dealer Down Under to service our many Australian customers (and there are a lot of you!).

They have a good stock of our trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo mouthpieces and they also carry our H2Oil valve oil. You can also try our special C2J mouthpiece that gets a flugel-like sound on a standard trumpet.

Temby Australia will be exhibiting at the International Trumpet Guild 2010 Conference in Sydney in July. Contact them or check back here for more up to date ITG Conference information.

You can contact Temby Australia here:

1st Floor
339 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Australia
Phone – 613 9699 9099
Fax – 613 9699 9266
Toll Free 1300 729899 Australia only
Web: www.temby.com

Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter

A Visit to Bob Reeves Brass: By Trumpeter Bill Bagnall

Bob Reeves working with Bill Bagnall
Bob Reeves working with Bill Bagnall

“My family’’s summer RV excursion took us to fabulous locations in the Western United States. We visited National Parks such as: Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Hell’s Canyon, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and more. It made sense then, to complete this tour with a memorable visit to the famous Bob Reeve shop.

I had sent my horn in a couple of weeks prior to our departure for a patented valve alignment. I also had high hopes of leaving California with an arsenal of mouthpieces. You know…souvenirs. The last stop of our trip was an appointment with Bob Reeves. When I arrived, my horn was ready and Bob greeted me with a smile.

His hospitality was evident in so many ways. He spent time with me and insisted that I play my “new” horn in his studio. He explained the process he used to align my valves and basically told me that I now had a horn that would play.

He spent a considerable amount of time with me, which I really wasn’t expecting. He listened to me play, and was able to provide me with valuable feedback. He was able to hear colors in my tone and assisted me in comparing a few mouthpieces.

Bill Bagnall & Bob Reeves
Bill Bagnall & Bob Reeves, Summer ’09

I first learned about Bob Reeves Mouthpieces while studying trumpet with the late Roy Cummings at the University of Washington. While I’m not a professional trumpet player, I certainly benefited from Bob’s craftsmanship and instruction. My valve alignment and mouthpieces have made noticeable improvements in my playing. I will always recall with fondness my master class with the master, Bob Reeves.”

Bill Bagnall
Bothell, Washington

Add to DeliciousAdd to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to Google BookmarkAdd to RedditAdd to StumbleUponAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Twitter