We are pleased to announce a collaboration between Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces and The Brass Ark, creating an exciting line of premium trombone mouthpieces. Initially we will offer five models with more in the pipeline. Introducing, on specific request, a revolutionary shank system allowing customization for the professional to fine tune the penetration of the mouthpiece into their instrument's receiver. Various shanks and rim combinations are also available as special options.
Bob Reeves Brass Mouthpieces is a world renowned maker of the highest quality hand crafted mouthpieces for professional trumpet players for over 50 years. The Brass Ark, established in 2010 by trombonist Noah Gladstone, celebrates the love and passion for legendary brass craftsmanship and brings it to the forefront of musicians' minds through the development and cultivation of modern equipment that firmly establishes its roots in the classic designs of the vintage masters.
We are very excited and proud to see this mouthpiece project come to fruition. Bringing a premium line of hand crafted mouthpieces, available to the trombone community, has been a dream for both companies. The Bob Reeves/Brass Ark mouthpieces are some of the finest ever produced and we are confident that our philosophy of bringing rare and classic designs integrated with the modern mainstream has created something very special.
With regard to the design concepts: we were striving to find a mouthpiece that responded with vibrant clarity, a nice interface for the performer to get the maximum efficiency and production with the minimal amount of effort. The articulations speak with brilliance and definition, while the "bloom" of the tone is rich and full with a focused core that not only projects but enhances the quality and characteristic of your instrument.
Now available for immediate shipping! Sizes not in stock or custom orders will ship within one week of your order. Our sizes available: 11C, Clarke 6.5AL, Clarke 6.5AL Large Shank, 5GS, 5G, 4G, 5G-4G, 4G-5G, the "Mr. Bass Trombone" 1 1/2G and The "Orchestral" Bass Trombone.
Not sure which size is best for you, or maybe you want something special and custom. Send me an E-mail and I'm happy to offer a consultation and guidance on how we can get you setup with the ideal set-up.
Inspired by a rare trombone mouthpiece made by a famous mouthpiece maker in the early 1920s (before he started a famous Brass Corporation in New York, Mt Vernon and Elkhart). We knew we could come up with an updated trombone mouthpiece that captures the essence of a bygone era. The new Bob Reeves-Brass Ark "Mercury" trombone line offers our standard pieces with the option of another outer shape. This new design yields a vibrant, timeless sound with predictability in color, response and familiarity.
The Mercury blank is available on any mouthpiece that we offer, and only available on the small shank 11C and Clarke mouthpieces. Each size mouthpiece has a specific blank that is designed for that size, to help maintain proper visual proportions but also retain a balanced weight and sound. No extra charge for a Mercury blank.
Mercury Large Tenor Trombone (5G, 4G, Friedman Special):
Large Tenor Trombone Blank Comparison (Standard Blank, Mercury Blank):
Orchestral Bass Trombone (Standard Blank, Mercury Blank):
These online ordering systems are designed to allow clients to purchase basic models. If you're after a custom size, lexan rim, ordering additional rims or cups or anything else that isn't listed here it is best to Send an E-mail. If you'd like something custom or just want some advice on which mouthpiece direction would be best for you, please ask me. I'm happy to help offer a personal consultation. If you order a mouthpiece cut for sleeves, I will invoice you for the balance of your sleeve cost.
Please note that orders from Japan should go through our exclusive dealer, Joy Brass. Custom orders can still be ordered from me directly.
Karl Hammond is making some of the finest brass mouthpieces in the USA, used by many of the prominent brass players around the world both in a symphonic setting and for commercial work. I'm pleased to be his west coast dealer and happy to offer my recommendations for sizing and comparision to other brands. I do my best to keep a nice selection of his most popular sizes in stock, but can also order anything including custom pieces and unusual receiver tapers such as Remington shanks and Euro shanks. These are high quality mouthpieces hand crafted in Chicago.
HERE is a Hammond trombone comparison chart
Greg Black is regarded as one of the best and most experienced mouthpiece makers in the entire world. I'm pleased to be his West Coast Dealer and do my best to keep a good stock of his mouthpieces available in my shop for trial. Additionally, I can custom order pieces for clients and usually have a faster delivery time than most avenues.
Trumpet: $135 regular weight, $160 heavy weight
Trombone: $165 lightweight, $175 standard weight,
$185 medium weight, $195 heavy weight
I try to carry these sizes in stock for Trombone:
John Cather is a pro trumpeter/trombonist and jack of all trades here in Los Angeles. He spent many years of his youth working for Joe Marcinkiewicz at the Glendale shop, where John learned about brass mouthpieces and repairs. He now runs a small shop out of his garage in Manhatten Beach, CA and makes some really unique items. You might recognize John's name from my journal entry on his custom alto sackbut mouthpiece he made for me. John offers two very unique alto trombone mouthpieces, the A1 and the A22. The sizes are very small 22mm inner diamter or smaller (the A1 is more like a trumpet/trombone hybrid). These mouthpieces offer a specific sound for an alto trombone, one that I think is quite useable with practice. Are these pieces for everyone, no I don't think so... but more for the purist looking for a mouthpiece that will give a brilliant and bright alto sound. The A22 model I find to be very good on my Ewald Meinl Romantic Alto. Either size is $95 in silverplated finish and are very high quality mouthpieces. Additionally, custom alto trombone mouthpieces can be made on request and start at $160