The Brass Ark offers Consignment Services, appraisals, repairs, trade ins and purchases used horns of the highest quality. If you have a brass instrument you'd like to have represented, appraised or just have a question about it, please have a look at my consignment page in the link above or Send me an email
The Brass Ark offers repairs at The Brass Medic, a repair shop headed up by brass craftsman and superb trombonist, Brad Close.
In the Used Instruments For Sale section of this website, you will find the best selection of used trumpet, used trombone, used french horn, and used tubas as well as a variety of brasswind oddities on the internet. The items I represent on this website can be new, demo, vintage, used, restored or anything in between. As a professional brass player myself, I do my best to represent these instruments honestly and strive to send them out in playable condition. I will not sell an instrument I wouldn't take to a gig myself. I update the website as frequently as possible with lots of photos showing a true depiction of the item. I don't have online ordering and I don't plan on having it for a variety of reasons... most importantly because I enjoy learning about you, your music, and your history. If you see something you like Send me an email and tell me a little bit about yourself. I'll do my best to help you through the process of purchasing a musical instrument over the internet, which can be quite a daunting task!
The Gallery is where I display my collection of brass instrument. You will find photos and descriptions of the instruments in my personal collection. I try to use them all on various performances around town.
In the Journal portion of my site I will write about new instruments or cool people I come across in this business, post photos of other musician’s instruments and information I collect that I think will be interest to my readers. My hope is that this section of the website could be a great resource for people looking to learn more about the world of brass instruments.
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In January 2017 Jay Friedman and I co-produced a DVD masterclass that covers a wide variety of Jay's pedagogy and his experience playing principal trombone in the Chicago Symphony for 55 years!!! It has been a great honor working on this project with Jay, he is a living legend. I wanted to do my part to help preserve his concepts for trombonists and brass players for years to come. I think what we've created does this. I'm confident it will be enjoyable to watch as well as impart important knowledge for all serious brass musicians.
The DVD is now available! ORDER ELEMENTS OF SOUND
Here's a teaser that will surely make you want more
Bespoke Tenor and Bass Trombones from McLemore and Walker in Jackson, Wisconsin. Becoming one of the hottest trombone makers in the USA.
Exciting historical brass instruments made in house by resident master of brass, Brad Close. These sackbuts are crafted in the traditional ways: bells hammered, burnished and scraped, tubes rolled and seamed and decorations done by hand. Some modern features like chrome slide tubes and tuning slides are incorporated into the design for practical reasons. Raw brass inner tubes can be fabricated on request. Prices are extremely affordable for a handmade instrument with this attention to detail and authenticity. Current delivery time is 4-6 months.
Simply the finest solid wooden mutes available on the planet Earth. Our bass trombone mute is currently in production with more models for trumpet, french horn and trombone on the way. Finished in black walnut burl, these mutes not only look amazing but have a unique resonance and phenomenal sound. Playable artwork at its finest.
For more information and to order your own handmade mute, visit our mute page at this link: Mutes
We are pleased to now offer any of our leadpipe replicas in drawn nickel silver construction. We were about to locate a material with the proper thickness to meet our standards and are excited to offer this less expensive option to our famous "seamed construction nickel pipes" which have become extrememly popular with professional players around the world. We find that these new seamless nickel pipes retain a lot of the characteristics of our seamed version. $170 for press fit and $200 for threaded versions. Order Online Here
For more information and to order mouthpieces in production, visit the mouthpiece page: Mouthpieces
We make the best leadpipes in the world! These tapered tubes are the first connection between your mouthpiece and your instrument and are a crucial part of the trombone that determines how your instrument will respond and sound. If you feel like you're not getting all of the potential out of your current instrument, try out one of our special replica leadpipes. We offer a variety of tapers, materials and replicas to give you a wide variety of options to modify your trombone. Order Online Here
Brass Ark is located at:
3234 1/2 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta, CA 91214
Best way to contact me is through email
Hours are by appointment, my mailing address is different from my shop address. If you call and I'm not there, leave a message and I will call you back. Emailing goes straight to my smartphone, so fastest service is by email. Thank you.