A Visit to Bob Reeves Brass: By Trumpeter 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, Hells 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 wasnt 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.
I first learned about Bob Reeves Mouthpieces while studying trumpet with the late Roy Cummings at the University of Washington. While Im 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.”