The Brass Ark is an online website launched by trombonist, Noah Gladstone in 2010. This site is dedicated to the appreciation, collection, restoration and sales of vintage and used brasswind instruments. It was with this goal in mind, to offer a website where brass enthusiasts could buy, sell, trade and learn about these rare horns and accessories, represented by a seller who is not only an expert and enthusiast himself in the field of vintage brasswinds, but also a professional musician and experienced seller. Located in Los Angeles, California, hours are by appointment only.

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.


updated: September 9, 2015

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I've updated the Frequently Asked Question page, so please have a look here FAQ
The collaboration between The Brass Ark and Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces has combined our knowledge and skills to create a phenomenal new line of premium trombone mouthpieces. Available to pre-order online now with delivery in late October 2015. Sizes available in large shank: 5G, 4G, 5G-4G, 4G-5G and "Mr. Bass Trombone 1 1/2G" Please read about the project and order one for yourself

The Brassark/Sawday Updated Bach 42 Trombones are in production! Please read about it HERE

The Brass Ark is pleased to be a dealer for Basili Cases. These lightweight professional fiberglass cases are both protective and classy. Available for trumpet (single, double, quad), trombone and french horn (fixed or cut bell).
I've just done a major website content update with regard to the items and products available on my website. You can now read about the variety of projects we have going on in house and the cool items from my various friends and vendors. You can now order Brass Ark/Brass Medic leadpipes online! Check out the new sections:
  • Mouthpieces
  • Leadpipes
  • Tuning Slides
  • Slide Crooks
  • Trombone Valves
  • Trombone Valves
  • Leather Guards
  • Custom Projects

  • Check out the journal section for a new update about Brass Ark MV5G mouthpieces and our new seamed leadpipes made by Brad Close at Brass Medic.

    The Brassark Trombone Project has yielded a phenomenal instrument. Please read about it 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.

    NEW: Instruments Wanted Section!
    I will be maintaining a list of wanted instruments. If you're looking for a particular trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba or even a rare mouthpiece. Send me an email and I'll add you to my list. At the same time, if you have a horn to sell or trade, check out the list to see if I have a client searching for your item.