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Bob Reeves Brass Customers: Paul Panichi

Posted in Photos, Player Updates with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2013 by Bob Reeves Brass
Australian trumpet player Paul Panichi.

Australian trumpet player Paul Panichi. Image courtesy of paulpanichi.com.au

It was great to have Australian trumpet player Paul Panichi join us in the shop. He flew all the way from Sydney, Australia to work with Bob and our staff on some new mouthpieces and a couple of valve alignments. Paul is a phenomenal player and can be seen and heard everywhere in Australia, from TV shows to major touring acts. Check out his website at www.paulpanichi.com.au to hear some great audio and video clips of his playing.

Paul has been playing on Bob Reeves mouthpieces for almost 30 years. We’re proud to add him to our list of customers.

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Shop Visitors: Bill Ortiz, trumpet artist and Santana trumpet player

Posted in Photos, Player Updates with tags , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass
Bill Ortiz hanging with the guys from Bob Reeves Brass. From left to right: John Snell, Bill Ortiz, Bob Reeves, and Brett Kendall.

Bill Ortiz hanging with the guys from Bob Reeves Brass. From left to right: John Snell, Bill Ortiz, Bob Reeves, and Brett Kendall.

We had the pleasure to work with the fabulous trumpet artist, Bill Ortiz. Bill has a number of albums out of his own that we highly recommend. Check out his website www.billortiz.com for more information. We are listening to his latest CD, “Highest Wish,” right now. You can also catch Bill on tour much of the year with guitar-legend Santana.

He sounds great on his valve-aligned Martin and now has some Reeves pieces to make his job even easier!

Visit from the In the Mood Trumpet Section

Posted in Player Updates, Videos with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

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!

Reeves Customers Around the World: Greece

Posted in Photos, Player Updates with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

There is a small but thriving community of commercial trumpet players in Greece and they all play Bob Reeves & Purviance mouthpieces. Here’s a photo that they sent to us from backstage at a concert with trumpet player Bobby Shew. Thanks guys for sending us the photo. I hope we can visit soon!

Bob Reeves Customers in Greece with Bobby Shew.

Bob Reeves Customers (L to R): Manos Theodosakis, Dionisis Kokolis, Vagelis Katsarelis & Yiannis Karayiannakis with Bobby Shew (seated).

Valve Alignment Testimonial

Posted in Player Updates with tags , on October 7, 2011 by Bob Reeves Brass

We received this great note the other day from our customers:

“I recently sent my Kanstul Trumpet in for a valve alignment. It came back just before my performance at my induction into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The change in the instrument was remarkable!

The overall sound was intonation was an incredible improvement. The center of the notes was easier to “think and play”. The octave slots were more pronounced. I love the new pads!

Overall I said WOW! Thanks so very much for your great care and expertise.

Pat Vidas
Producer / Composer
Capitol / Motown recording Artist”

Pat Vidas Playing His Recently Aligned Kanstul Trumpet

Pat Vidas Playing His Recently Aligned Kanstul Trumpet

Thanks for the kind words Pat, and congratulations on your induction, what an achievement!

Snooky Young Video

Posted in Player Updates, Videos with tags , , , on May 16, 2011 by Bob Reeves Brass

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:

From The Archives – Rafael Mendez Photo

Posted in Mouthpieces, Photos, Player Updates, Stories with tags , , on April 13, 2011 by Bob Reeves Brass

Here is a photo that used to hang in the shop that was sent from Rafael Mendez to Carroll Purviance. Purviance made him a 6C3 model that he refers to in the signed note. Mendez came by Bob’s shop in Hollywood and would bring his friends and students.

The writing in the lower left is hard to make out in the scan but reads:

“Para mi amigo Carroll, [To my friend Carroll]

Thanks for the big improvement that your wonderful mouthpiece made in my playing.

Sinceramenta, [Sincerely,]
Rafael A. Méndez

Rafael Mendez Photo to Carroll Purviance

Rafael Mendez signed photo to Carroll Purviance

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