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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!

The Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece

Posted in Mouthpieces, Photos, Shop News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

Trumpet Playing in Cold Weather

Winter’s just around the corner and we’re getting flooded with emails from musicians who have to play outside in the bitter cold. Whether it’s for marching band at finals or caroling at an outdoor Christmas tree lighting, trumpet players are called on to play in all sorts of weather conditions. Here at Bob Reeves Brass, we have the answer to playing in the frigid cold: the Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece.

The Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece by Bob Reeves Brass

The Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece by Bob Reeves Brass

The Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece

The Better Plastic Trumpet Mouthpiece uses a Delrin plastic rim on a traditional brass underpart. The plastic rim is easier to play in cold weather because it does not get as cold as brass and provides more grip. The traditional brass underpart keeps the integrity of the sound and playing characteristics of the trumpet mouthpiece.

Any of our trumpet mouthpieces can be made with a white or black Delrin plastic rim. Just specify that when you order. If you already have a Reeves mouthpiece you can order the rim by itself to screw onto your existing underpart.

3C and 1.5C Plastic Mouthpieces

If you want to convert your 3C or 1.5C trumpet mouthpiece to have a plastic rim, just send us your mouthpiece and we can thread the bottom underpart and build a plastic rim to it. Contact us for more details.

Bob Reeves Sleeves: Now Available in Custom and 1/4 Sizes!

Posted in Mouthpieces, Shop News, Trumpets and Equipment with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

Ming the Gap with Reeves SleevesFirst patented in 1974, the Bob Reeves Sleeve System is now more precise than ever with the introduction of 1/4 Size and Custom Sleeves

1/4 Size Sleeves

Improvements in our machining processes have allowed us to release Reeves Sleeves in 1/4 sizes. You can now adjust the gap in 1/64″ (.0156″/.396 mm) increments. Previously, sleeves were limited to 1/2 sizes only, which changed the gap by 1/32″ (.031″/.794mm). Quarter-size sleeves will be available for sale starting on June 1st. We will have a selection of quarter sizes at our booth at the upcoming ITG Conference.

Custom Sleeves

When Bob Reeves first studied the trumpet mouthpiece gap, he discovered that some players can feel an .008″ difference in the gap. Previously, this minute gap adjustment was only possible with an expensive and inconvenient adjustable-gap receiver fitted to your trumpet. Starting June 1st, Bob Reeves Brass can adjust the gap for the discerning trumpet player by as little as .008″ with a Custom Reeves Sleeve. Contact us for more details.

Bob Reeves Sleeves SystemFor more information on Reeves Sleeves and gap adjustment, you can read more on our blog and web site:

Bob Reeves Sleeve System on bobreeves.com

History of the Mouthpiece Gap Part I

History of the Mouthpiece Gap Part II

The Paper Trick

Purviance 4StarK4 Trumpet Mouthpiece (4*K4) Photo

Posted in Mouthpieces, Photos, Stories with tags , , on May 8, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

Here’s a quick photo we took of a Purviance 4*K4 that we are making up to take to the 2012 ITG Conference in two weeks. The 4*K4 was Louis Armstrong’s trumpet mouthpiece of choice later in his career. While working for Purviance, Bob Reeves made many of Louis Armstrong’s mouthpieces. For more information on Purviance mouthpieces, click here.

Purviance 4StarK4 Trumpet Mouthpiece

Cutting a Purviance 4*K4 trumpet mouthpiece.

Video: Making a Bob Reeves Trumpet Mouthpiece Underpart

Posted in Mouthpieces, Videos with tags , on March 20, 2012 by Bob Reeves Brass

Here’s a quick video we shot of our CNC turning a Bob Reeves Trumpet Underpart blank. Enjoy!

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

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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