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: April 22, 2017

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New Drawn Seamless Nickel Silve rLeadpipes!

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

New Small Shank and Bass Trombone Mouthpiece Models and the "Mercury Line" from Bob Reeves/The Brass Ark!

All models are IN PRODUCTION! Delivery for any orders is currently 1-2 weeks. To read more, see the MOUTHPIECES page.
These mouthpieces grasp the mantra of what we're trying to do with our trombone line. They incorporate the spirit of timeless design. Fabricated with modern technology and old world techniques, bringing personality and style while still being as familiar as an old friend. Shipping costs will be invoiced when the order is sent out. $10 for USA flat rate, $34 for international flat rate.

For more information and to order mouthpieces in production, visit the mouthpiece page: Mouthpieces

I have created a new page featuring closeout items, specials, reduced prices on instruments and more. You can checkout with the online cart. DISCOUNT SPECIALS

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

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 online now with immediate shipping. 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

I've updated the Frequently Asked Question page, so please have a look here FAQ
The Brassark/Sawday Updated Bach 42 Trombones are in production! Please read about it HERE

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

  • 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.